A Firm Handshake
You know, you guys, it’s time I say a little thank you. I have been on the receiving end, recently, of some truly lovely emails, Facebook messages, tweets and comments. I read all of them. I try and respond to all of them (if it takes me some time, it’s probably because I am busy eating some sort of wintry treat, or hibernating in general). And it’s not so much that you write to me and get in touch, it’s what you write. You guys get involved, share your own observations, pictures of your home towns. You ask me if I have noticed this or that. You’re funny and interested and, because most of you who write to me are German, you pull me even further into the fold. I feel even more welcomed in this country.
The Local – Germany’s News in English, published a list of ten of the best English blogs on Germany, today. I’m perched up there at number 6. And that’s why I figured it was high time to thank you all for reading me, for writing to me, for telling me your own experiences and observations, for thanking me for my own completely unsolicited ones (you are so welcome.)
Many of you express surprise that of 151 things I have learnt about Germans thus far, so many of those are positive. Of course they are (although today I raged for a good minute on the failings of the German postal service). My relationship with this country is positive, thus my writing reflects that (largely … unless I am complaining at length about the atrocious weather – seriously, do a search for ‘weather’ in the search bar, you’ll have hours of reading material at your fingertips – or small town life that isn’t quite sitting right with me). And it’s positive because, really, most people in this country have given me a firm handshake and ushered me into their Wohnzimmer for Kaffee und Kuchen and made me feel quite at home. Or sent me a lovely long email about growing up German, or living elsewhere as a German. Most people have connected with me as a foreigner living in Germany, both on and offline. And that’s why of all the things I know about Germans and Germany, 99% of it is pretty bloody good.