What I Love About Germany

It all started with cheap bananas. As I stood in the supermarket, marvelling at a big bunch of bananas that would set me back a whole euro (as opposed to my left arm in Sydney) I started thinking of things I would miss, should I leave this fair land. And I will leave it, obviously, at various points, and return to it. I suspect I shall live in another country for a period of time, perhaps a couple of other countries. There will be points, down the track, where I will miss Germany as I miss Australia. Because, when it comes down to it, I love Germany. And, on top of that reason that sometimes cannot be put into words beyond one, ‘home’, here’s why …

Schnitzel.

Excellently priced wine in the supermarket (you know, 3€ for a bottle that would be about $16 in Sydney).

A good slab of Brie for 2€.

9 borders for the crossing and …

Road trips to cross them.

Radio stations that aren’t afraid of adding 90s classics to their playlists – who, in fact, do it as a matter of cause.

10€ every three months for unlimited visits to the doctor.

The big cities.

The little towns.

The bakeries.

Kölsch.

Glühwein.

The ubiquity of seriously good chocolate.

Dutch wine gum stalls at the markets.

Spring, marvellous Spring, with its flowers and rapsfeldandSpargel and sweet, sweet promise of warmth.

Clean public toilets (I’ll pay 70 cents for hygiene).

The choice and consequent cheapness of grocery stores. No Coles and Woolworths duopoly here.

H&M delivery service.

Kitsch homeware stores, Nanu Nana and Butlers.

Busses that run on time.

25cent pots of yoghurt.

Medieval towns.

History at every turn, under every rock, down every cobbled lane.

The fierce pride in and protection of sub-cultures, dialects and traditions as produced by the twists and turns of this aforementioned history. This can, however, get mildly irritating when ten people who live within 20km of each other refuse to be identified as belonging to the same region. Franconian people, I am looking at you.

Kiel.

The Germans.

***This post is here as a page and will be added to as I find more reasons to love this place. Which, of course, I will.

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12 Replies to “What I Love About Germany”

  1. You had me at ” H+M delivery service”
    Brillant post. Have had the privilege of meeting some wonderful Germans in my time here in Spain and I think they are some of the nicest people I have encountered. very genuine folk. I am looking forward to going to visit them and their country as soon as possible. This post only makes me wanna get on a plane now rather than later! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Good for you! I would love to live in a few countries. Actually at least I hope to visit Berlin again. I haven’t been there since 1980 and outside of my immediate family, all my other relatives are still there.

  3. I am interning at the Wende Museum in Culver City. They are a cold war history museum and archives and they focus on East German as well as the rest of the Eastern Bloc culture. I’ve been getting more familiar with German culture (through working with the collection and meeting fellow interns who are from Germany or visited Germany) and I love it! Thank you for sharing your blog.

    1. You are so welcome. I have to say, I know very little about the East Germany culture, but it is something I would love to experience – perhaps by living there for a little while – to compare it with how I have found ‘the west’. But Germany as a whole is just so rich with history and subcultures, it is constantly interesting. Enjoy your internship!

  4. This is great. My husband and I are actually living a 3 month stint in Australia right now. Weve travelled the long journey for Texas and I completely understand the missing but not wanting to part feelings. Its all a little give and take 🙂 Love your blog!

    1. It’s all about time, isn’t it. Everything makes sense and settles down with time. And then you go and shake it all up again.

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