December is one of the best months of the year to visit Germany. Yes, it is cold. But there are Christmas markets in every city, town and even small villages and the atmosphere is just magical. Two years ago I was lucky to attend my first Christmas market in Germany. I need to admit that after seeing many other Christmas markets after that, it doesn’t feel so special anymore. But there is something that makes me go to the Christmas market again and again. As you probably guessed from the title, it is food and drinks.
LIFE IN GERMANY
If you come from the country where 24/7 shopping is common, you might be surprised to hear that this is not a case in Germany. Shopping hours in Germany may vary depending on the city and region but one thing is same everywhere: stores are closed on Sunday. Why is it like this? Wouldn’t it be more convenient to have a possibility to do shopping on Sunday? I didn’t understand the reasons until I moved to Germany and experienced it on my own.
It’s been 3 weeks since I came back from Germany to Ukraine. I had fun meeting my family and old friends but I also had a hard time adjusting to the life in my home country. I got to experience something that I saw other people talking about on the Internet: “reverse culture shock”. As everyone who lived abroad for a while probably does, I couldn’t resist comparing my home country to my new self-chosen home. So far this comparison was not in a favor of Ukraine. This, however, doesn’t mean that life in Ukraine is much worse than in Germany. It only shows me that I miss life Germany a lot and in particularly these 7 things:
When you are traveling or moving to another country, it is important to know about the cultural differences you might encounter there. Sometimes I wish we would just receive a list of things we should not do in every country when we are crossing the border. I even think these ‘don’ts’ are sometimes more important than knowing the local language. When I moved to Germany 2 years ago, I thought that I was fully prepared. My German was good, I had no problem communicating with people and I thought I knew quite enough about German culture. But still, I run into a few situations where I felt a little stupid because I didn’t know that I was doing something wrong. Germany is not that different from the rest of the world. If you follow the simple rule “treat others as you want to be treated”, you are going to be ok. But if you want to bring your cultural awareness level to the next level, read this list of things that you shouldn’t do in Germany:
I think no one can deny the fact that living abroad changes you. From simple things like what you eat and drink to the way you think and behave in certain situations, there are lots of changes that you might not even notice at first. Recently I’ve been reflecting on the changes that happened to me since I moved to Germany almost 2 years ago. I started to realize that my eating and drinking habits changed a lot. When I first came to Germany, I lived as au pair with the German family. Later I moved to the hostel to work and didn’t have to think about cooking because the meals where included. This gave me a chance to get a glimpse into what people in Germany really eat and drink.
Flixbus is the biggest company offering long-distance bus service all over Germany and is rapidly expanding its network in Europe. Compared to Deutsche Bahn, Flixbus offers affordable tickets and is therefore especially attractive for young people.
Over the past year, I had a love-hate relationship with Flixbus. At first, I was really happy to find such a cheap way to travel and small problems didn’t seem to bother me much. The more I travelled with Flixbus, the more disadvantages I started to notice. At one point I was so disappointed with their service that I said I would never use them again. After a while I started travelling with Flixbus again, but only when it fits my travel plans the best. Here is some information I wish I knew before I did my first ride.
Tell me, is Wurst the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about typical German food? Because this is what I actually think of when I hear about German food. All kinds of meat are a big part of traditional German cuisine. If you love meat, Germany is a culinary paradise. However, vegetarians also should not skip trying local dishes when traveling in Germany. Here are the best traditional German dishes that don’t include meat.
My year in Germany slowly came to the end. Today I am flying back home, which makes me happy and sad at the same time. This was a significant year in many senses, so I decided to put a list of changes I noticed in myself after living in Germany.