I wish I was already fluent enough to write a post in german, but unfortunately I’m not. I’m still struggling to order my beer and food correctly in the awful German language (Mark Twain’s Essay on German) , but I have plenty of time to get a hold of it. The first week here was overwhelming really, with more paperwork and legal shit than what I have done in my entire lifetime. Here are my top observations so far:
- Germans love sending stuff by post: Your registration, bank details, permit, documents, university card, bus ticket; every god damn thing is sent by post. For one of the most environmentally conscious countries in the world, this is a bit of a disappointment. I am so used to receiving almost everything via email, that this will take a while to get used to. I wonder if people still write love letters here, cause THAT would be cool. Imagine waking up one day, checking your mail for like your ID number or something, and realising your boyfriend dumped you via a letter. Still beats a text message.
- Sports, sports and more sports: I strongly think Netherlands might be the only country that comes close to beating Germans in how active they are. They work hard, party harder(aka drink 5 litres of beer without batting an eyelid), and find time to ski, surf, mountain bike, city bike and play soccer? Das ist nicht möglich! (Impossible really). I knew coming here would entail moving my butt a lot more, but I’m glad to report I already have a much healthier lifestyle than I did back home.
- Strong effing drugs: I just got prescribed a 3000 MG medicine for a bacterial infection. I mean is that a dose for humans or horses? I’ve never had anything over 500 MG in India, and this was quite a shock. Rest assured, every last trace of bacteria in my body will die after this. I think I will sparingly see a doctor here, and maybe self-medicate a lot. My kidneys might thank me later for this.
- Always so friendly: I don’t know if this is just the case in small Franconian cities or elsewhere as well, but I find people usually quite glad to help you. All you gotta do is smile and ask. Its definitely much easier to integrate in regular life as a foreigner, even if you don’t speak great German. I love how every day I see and meet a lot of kind people, and it makes me happy about choosing to live here.
- Seriously great beer: Need I elaborate further? I didn’t even like beer until two weeks ago. Primarily ’cause I grew up on Kingfisher, and while that beer has its merits, it doesn’t even come close to the gazillion varieties here. I still have to work myself to drink more than 3 glasses at a time, but like my Deutsch, this ability will also develop over the years.
I hope to start doing more specific posts in the near future once I’m more settled in. Until next time, Tschüss!