Culture

Experiencing a different culture can be exhilarating, but some subtle aspects of a culture can take you by surprise and can be hard to understand. When I began to understand the reasoning behind some things that were unfamiliar to me in the German culture, I not only started to appreciate it, I also began to incorporate many aspects of it into my own routine. These anecdotes describe the things I love about life in Germany, as well as the wisdom I discovered from their culture.

friend

Friends

After our first few months of living in Germany, I came home from work one evening and felt overcome with ...
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Customer service at a restaurant

Customer Service

Most of the time when I walk into a retail store or a restaurant in the United States, a cheery, ...
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Clothespins

“The air dries my clothes for free!”

"The air dries my clothes for free!" One of the students in the first English class I taught in Berlin ...
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Kaffee und Kuchen

Kaffee und Kuchen

Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake) is by far my favorite Sunday tradition in Germany. (For more information on Sundays ...
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Leisure

Sunday: A real rest day

Before moving to Germany, part of my weekly routine was to run all my errands (especially grocery shopping), do laundry, ...
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spargelerdbeeren

Spargelzeit und Erdbeerzeit

The moment I realized I was experiencing culture shock was in the grocery store about two weeks after we moved ...
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