Culture Change

12.September 2009

Germany

Germany Countryside Compared to the South American countries we have visited, Germany is small. There are no 8, 10 or 15 hour bus rides…trains whisk us where ever we want to go within just a few short hours and with the beautiful countryside whipping by, well, there is just no time to write. And so it has been 10 days since I have put any thoughts down.

I am loving Germany just like I knew I  would. It’s easy here. We come from a European culture so I understand how and why everything works. Although I speak almost no German it is easy to get around as most people speak English (I confess I am terribly embarrassed that I must rely on their English skills to help me…in the future I must become fluent in another language). The food is fabulous and familiar and I see people drinking beer everywhere.

It’s not fair to compare South America to Germany as they are not trying to be like each other, but I’ll do it anyway:

  • I can flush the toilet paper in Germany – no more stinky bin beside the toilet.
  • There are a bazillion different beers in Germany and, from what I can tell, they are all fabulous.
  • Wine is cheaper,  and better, in Argentina.
  • In S.America I can cross the street where ever and whenever I want (although I may take my life in my hands). In Germany everyone waits for the ‘ampelmann’ – no jaywalking here…must obey the rules.
  • Germany is clean…no litter, no side-of-the-road garbage dumps, no dog sh*t everywhere.
  • We have family in Germany. There is nothing like staying with family and feeling their warm, welcoming embrace especially after being on the road for three months.
  • S.America is definitely cheaper.
  • Germans do not eat near the amount of beef that Argentineans do. Pork and wurst are king here.
  • S.American buses pick up snack vendors from the side of the road. They get on the bus with their basket of cakes, cookies, ice cream, corn-on-the-cob, empanadas, gelatin, meat-and-beans-in-a-bag…whatever they made in their kitchen this morning…and sell to the bus patrons. The driver pulls over a few miles down the road to let them off. This, I’m sure, is inconceivable to the Germans although I had some tasty snacks from the bus ladies.

South America and Germany are very different from each other in many, many ways…sometimes the German aspects are better and sometimes the S.American aspects are.

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5 Responses to “Culture Change”

  1. Lisa Says:

    Well, get ready for the stinky bin again in Turkey! :-)
    Glad to hear you made it to Germany and are having a great time.

  2. Anil Says:

    Where in Germany are you guys?

  3. Mandy Says:

    So glad to hear you are enjoying Germany. It sounds wonderful…from what I have read on Lisa’s posts, Europe is quite a bit more expensive. Doesn’t stop me from wanting to go there. I was just thinking today that perhaps I had missed a post from you and then, there you were!

    JP and I are finally planning our Vegas trip. Between Xmas and New Year’s and then planning the next trip to ?????

    Take care and talk to you soon,
    I will tell you all about how ‘IT’ went….I haven’t killed anyone, yet….*wink

  4. Gail Says:

    I can’t believe you guys are in Germany already. I have been reading along as you went through S.america and now I really want to go to Rio and San Paolo. Just have to get better at my Spanish. I also have been reading about Lisa’s trip to Turkey and reminiscing about how much fun we had there. Have a pint or two for John and I. All’s the same here so you’re not missing anything. Happy travels and keep safe.

  5. Jana Says:

    WOW!! I love the pics you posted so far of Germany! What a tale they tell, and sooo much beeeeerrrrr!!! Yummy…That must be the highlight.
    Nice to see Jason’s relatives, what an awesome opportunity for you to meet them and have them show you around. I LOVED your cute apartment in Berlin.
    Thank for sharing…
    xoxoxo
    J