Hallo, Servus, Guten Tag…. Etc. Etc.
Yall, I have been in Germany far too long… If I add up all my years here, I am closing in on 3. I am basically a German (JUST KIDDING). I love Germany (Munich to be precise). There are things that I am still learning and things that I am still trying to understand here in the land of pretzels and beer BUT I am enjoying myself.
Living in Germany is quite different in comparison to living in America. I mean come on who does not like 24/7 Walmarts and chipotle (I have an obsession & I know Frankfurt has a Chipotle but its not the same). When I tell my friends that I would like to stay in Germany forever they are always perplexed. Why would you want to live in Germany? Do Germans even have internet? Aren’t German people racist? Oh you are so crazy.
I am a little crazy but that is not due to me living in Germany (thanks mother). I had to sit down and ask myself, why the hell do I want to live in Germany? What makes Germany better than America….to me (home of the brave and land of the free)? If you want a patriotic, Yankee Doodle Dandy, America is amazing post you might as well go google something else because this is not one. Instead this is me confessing my undying love for Deutschland.
There are many things that I will state over and over again about Germany, people probably get tired of me being so repetitive. Germany has so much to offer for such a small place.
Germany is like the hub of Europe (for me). It’s surrounded by so many different countries, has so many different influences and is just a vibrant melting pot. It’s like living in a rainbow. People think that Germany is plain but that’s so far from true Germany has so much flare. Tradition, fashion, language, art, religion and laws all fall under culture for me. Germany has so much to offer and is so rich in culture.
Need I say more? You know, I am a princess right? My great great great great great great great great great great…..aunt’s cousin was basically… NO JUST KIDDING BUT seriously the castles here are breathtaking. In America we do not have castles, we have mansions, old slave plantations etc etc but they were probably built in the 1800 or 1900’s. The castles in Germany have been around for hundreds of years and are still standing tall and strong (waiting for Hayley to move into them). Plus they make good Sunday trips 😀
Haaaaa. I know sauerkraut and potatoes are not really everyone’s cup of tea. Let me set the record straight, I HATE SAUERKRAUT and not all Germans eat sauerkraut 24/7. Depending on where you live in Germany you will be getting different types of food i.e. North = more fish. South = more comfort food etc etc. I am a sucker for potato salad, with pork loin and a brown juicy sauce. Germany has taken every fattening food group and made it into something amazing (Thank you Germany). Not only can you eat German food you can eat food from the surrounding countries (turkish food is really amazing).
I feel as though German people get the bad end of the stick. They are perceived as these cold, dark, humorless people. NOW I have met plenty of German people that fit the stereotype BUT I know so many that are so sweet and caring. In Germany people are not taught to make small talk and be “superficial” as the Americans are. When a German asks you how you are or questions you about something, they are asking because they really want to know and really care about you. German people will open up their homes and offer you a tea or coffee ;). I really enjoy how the people think and function here. Their mindsets are so different than the American mindset. I have become a little (emphasis on a little) bit more aware about the world and the problems that are currently taking place. German people are also quite funny underneath their cold facade that they put up!!
I know I have missed a lot of points and in due time I will list more things. I am still trying to soak up as much as I can about the German lifestyle. I am so happy that I am able to live in such a beautiful country with such beautiful people ❤