And this is also not a problem in mixed Saunas.
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And in several occassions I saw a lot of very drunken Germans at 3am, buying tickets to get the ubhan home when they could easily just drive without paying …. Yes, Germans and cheesy songs! My American wife is really amused by that. In fact, the first time I took her to Germany, she got to watch the Eurovision song contest.
Talk about cheesy songs! Another point to add: Germans take the Eurovision song contest very very seriously. She is quite open-minded when it comes to that, especially for an American, but that made even her blush. Of course the acceptance of nudity on German TV is on the list. Classic German TV, bit of a nudity here and there at about 7pm. It always makes me laugh and I notice it because Australia is a no nude zone until after 10pm I think and all swearing is always bleeped.
German TV feels sooooo relaxed in comparison, we are such prudes! Verrrry true re Michael Jackson. I am german, living in Australia and I really found parts of myself here. Great observation and summary. Socks and Sandals… hilarious and shocking at the same time. But the truth for many of us, especially older generations :D.
Or by this time a Gluewein. As a German I can say that this is pretty accurate!
And the queue thing is so true. I absolutely hate it how stupid people in Germany are about this. Wearing socks with sandals should be illegal. And hush about the DB thing! How could you! Noone must know… damn xD. However, one more thing we germans love doing is the following: Instead or in addition to greeting someone we once slowly nod our heads at each other.
Seing this almost every day. And absolutely not a trace of a smile. I really enjoyed reading this list! I as a german can relate to many of my friends or families I know when laughing about something you wrote! Great job! Some things really depend on the part of Germany you are visiting, but a high amount of people do really like what you wrote. I read one persons reply here, where he or she wondered that they were not allowed to get an apple from a tree, which could have been owned by the government, but a few steps away, people were allowed to be naked.
Ah, thanks for the tip, I must have been wrongly informed. Point taken! Hey Foksy, thanks for your comment. Lord knows there is so much more to see and do and learn about this country, and I very much look forward to it. Thanks again for your comment, all feedback greatly valued. My dear friend, please lighten up. This is a list of stereotypes.
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As a first generation German immigrant to the U. And I would find such a list just as funny if a German wrote it about Americans it probably already exists somewhere. For example, if that list includes that Americans like to drink beer, own guns, drive pickup trucks, and yell Yee-Hawww, it would by far not apply to every American. Yes, true Rednecks do exist. Each country has its dark side, and I must say I am quite happy for living in Germany, it could have been worse. You can only have a small number of jobs for artists etc. Although you are right, they do tend to keep to themselves when out in public, and more often than not, you do have to ask for help.
I have discussed before, with German friends of mine, about why Germans tend to keep to themselves unless directly approached. I remember one extreme situation on a bus, when I first got here, when a woman was hugely distressed and absolutely no one came to help her, except for one girl, after about ten minutes. I was struck by how little everyone interacted. Obviously there are loads of people who would help and do talk to strangers, but generally, Germans do keep to themselves in public, I agree! Oh, and driving in an air conditioned car too long will also get them sick.
Germans consume alcohol in moderation, something people from binge-drinking cultures the author finds peculiar and attempts to rationalise to themselves. Younger generations of Australians do tend to binge drink, quite like many other cultures, something we thankfully grow out of. Since then:. And yes, is there any other manor of wearing sandals — socks are needed!!! Oh ja, a Bratwurst would be great right about now — ready to go sleep just now — but would always, always have time for a Bratwurst.
It is a joy observing us Germans through your eyes. Thank you so very much, I love that it resonated with you. I can send a Bratwurst over to you, for a morning snack! For the first time in my life, I actually feel like a list has actually done us justice. Thank you!!
People change, nations change and your lovely posting is just so refreshing. Thank you for sharing this with us! Absolutely great! This is darling, hilarious, a pisser and just so true…and yes aside from Sitzfleisch and Schadenfreude, I think you have covered all the bases and then some…; Great work…great observation…keep it up! From an expat who emigrated over 20 years ago…and has that thing on his mind…perhaps on a daily basis…if not so, at least every other or every other family vacation, business call and inner conflicts…:.
PS: I may distribute this to my US and expat friends in my inner circle with your blessing…?..
Marty, go forth and distribute, thank you! As for not knowing what I kicked loose, my God, it has been huge! The list first went viral about eighteen months ago and it was enormous. This week, it has done it again. It makes me very, very happy. I hope you can get your bratwurst and pretzel fix in NYC are the pretzels as good?
Must agree the author has been in Germany and apparently knows a few things. But, you cannot full understand or know them until you marry one if you marry two, you are disqualified. Good following, though……. I have to agree Peter, about the two of the greatest qualities of the German people. And point — my God, drives me crazy. And I think Bavaria might be the guiltiest of them all, with their thousands of regions and dialects! Especially the point about the DB and Stefan Raab!
I lived in Germany all my life and constantly struggle to find a public bathroom, and when I finally do it is generally dirty beyond belief and of course without any toilet paper. Oh nooooo — I have generally always had a relatively good experience with public toilets! Note: PAID toilets are something totally different thou, eg.
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Those are always clean and nice, no doubt about that. Same here. If you wanna have toilets to eat from literally! Even the nastiest smoke hole with puke in every corner will have squeaky-clean toilet with LOTS of toilet paper, good smell, soap AND towels.. I am German and have been living in America for over 40 years and in Germany for about Anyway, I love your blog it is very entertaining.
Flip-flops were not around in my time there and nobody wore boots in the summer. I would love to hear more of your observations and will send this to all my German friends here in the US. Thank you so much for your comment, and for reading. Firstly, I agreed and laughed along with most of it, and secondly — you failed to mention the non-mentionability of the War — in front of foreigners. Or how religious they are — super Catholic, or super Protestant or super atheist.
They do not do their beliefs or non-beliefs by halves! Aussie Barry, hello. VERY true re the religious thing! Living in Bavaria right now, I hear nothing but church bells. And how about the church tax!