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:
LIFE 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.
When days finally got warmer after winter and first flowers started to appear, I noticed some new shields on the fields I usually drive a bike by. “Blumen selbst schneiden” – “cut flowers by yourself”. The message was clear to me, the system new though, so I went on exploring.