Do you like living in Germany?

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Interesting posts here. Thank you for the insights. Hope to spend time next year in Southern Germany, researching my ancestry.

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I've been here a year now. My first few months here were horrible - almost everything in the relocation process went wrong, and I had a hard time adjusting to the norms of life in Germany (which my colleagues now joke to me is nicknamed "service desert"), despite having heard and read all about it before coming here. Things like the lack of low credit card acceptance and other service, liability and financial issues took me some time to adjust to. 

 

But soon, there came Carnival. And then the summer. And it was beautiful. Especially here in NRW, I've found people to be incredibly warm and welcoming. In brief, after a short adjustment period, I absolutely love my new life in Germany. I'm working on my language right now, and I'm hoping that only improves my experiences here ☺ 

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 i´ts about  time now! So would you please come up now  and start complaining about the shop opening hours and the closed shops on sunday´s

If I remember correctly, one of the last  times those questions came up about 3 years ago, only the first 2 1/2 pages where  about life in germany, the remaining

34 pages of that threat where about horrible opening hours and nothing to do on sunday...

.ups.. :P..is running away quickly and hiding...

 

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I actually appreciate the quiet sundays. It's a refreshing change from the malls that open until 10pm, 24/7 convenience stores, midnight shopping craze, the general commercialism and retail therapy mentality in Singapore and Jakarta. Everyone there encourages you to spend, spend, spend! Once here I even went through five days without spending anything. Back home I spent something every single day, cash or credit, usually both. 

Well sometimes when I need it, I'll miss the quick pop into the convenience store though. But most of the times quiet Sundays are really nice.

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I still get mildly annoyed at the Sunday thing, mostly because I always forget something and Sunday becomes Doerner evening as usually my fridge is empty but it's not a big deal. I do appreciate that the stores here are now open till 10pm and some REWE's even till Midnight as I normally buy whatever I plan to make for dinner when I am done at the gym, usually between 8-9pm. 

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1 hour ago, desdemona said:

I actually appreciate the quiet sundays. It's a refreshing change from the malls that open until 10pm, 24/7 convenience stores, midnight shopping craze, the general commercialism and retail therapy mentality in Singapore and Jakarta. Everyone there encourages you to spend, spend, spend! Once here I even went through five days without spending anything. Back home I spent something every single day, cash or credit, usually both. 

Well sometimes when I need it, I'll miss the quick pop into the convenience store though. But most of the times quiet Sundays are really nice.

 

I agree with this.

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10 minutes ago, GER308 said:

I still get mildly annoyed at the Sunday thing, mostly because I always forget something and Sunday becomes Doerner evening as usually my fridge is empty but it's not a big deal. 

I do my grocery shopping on Saturdays and my fridge is full, even on Sunday ^_^. When I first came to Germany as an exchange student the shops closed on Saturday at 2 pm!

 

I like my Sundays here. You can go hiking or go to a museum. Listen to jazz music at home. No hectic. Just relaxing.

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2 minutes ago, LukeSkywalker said:

I do my grocery shopping on Saturdays and my fridge is full, even on Sunday ^_^. When I first came to Germany as an exchange student the shops closed on Saturday at 2 pm!

 

I like my Sundays here. You can go hiking or go to a museum. Listen to jazz music at home. No hectic. Just relaxing.

Yeah I remember the shops closing at 2 as well. As I said I get mildly annoyed but it's not a big deal and I know it's my fault.
I don't do museums too often but I can go hiking, windsurfing, sailing, climbing ... whether the stores are open or not.

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52 minutes ago, LukeSkywalker said:

 When I first came to Germany as an exchange student the shops closed on Saturday at 2 pm!

Yep, and they tested the sirens every Saturday at noon. That's one thing I'm glad they've dispensed with.

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On ‎18‎.‎01‎.‎2017‎ ‎21‎:‎37‎:‎13, esqualidus said:

Munich its even worse for weather,, because there is some kind of weather circulation from the alps that gives people a lot of headaches, dizziness, problems with blood circulation and gives bad mood due to feeling uncomfortable. 

This is called Föhn. "A föhn or foehn is a type of dry, warm, down-slope wind that occurs in the lee (downwind side) of a mountain range. Föhn can be initiated when deep low pressures move into Europe drawing moist Mediterranean air over the Alps." Wikipedia.de. Föhn here does not refer to a blow-dryer (or it can, in the loosest of applications).

Chuckle for the day: for many years I worked at an outside market. We had a wonderful woman who worked on occasional Saturdays. She was always incredibly good humoured, polite, smiling...I wondered how she did it.

Of course we had our share of grumpy, excitable, etc. customers. Sometimes totally off the wall. Anna never let them get under her Skin. One day, we had Föhn, and People were particularly cross and ill-humoured, but Anna remained cheerful. I asked her how she did it. She said that her full-time Job was as a Kindergarden teacher for emotionally disturbed children. They were usually difficult cases - there were only usually six to a class. She told me that when we had Föhn, they were extemely sensitive and affected (yes, with an "a"). One would start screaming, then the next would hear and start, then they all chimed in. Total uproar.

Anna told me that after having to spend the whole day with her Kids, grumpy People who shopped for max. 10 minutes then went away could not possible Phase her.

She gets two stars in my heaven. And yes, she's Bavarian.

p.s Most Pictures of Munich are shot when there is Föhn, as the skies are clear and so very blue, and the Alps present pristine.

 

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On 18.1.2017, 15:35:16, yourkeau said:

Via ferrata-s. Originally an Italian invention, Germany has 262 of them, third after Italy (513) and Austria (661). About half of them are not in the Alps and that is more than in Switzerland which is an Alpine country, and more than in France which co-owns Mont Blanc.

 

This is the greatest invention ever.

Vie Ferrate are extremely controversal among mountain people. Many see them as extremely negative. 

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15 minutes ago, Gambatte said:

Vie Ferrate are extremely controversal among mountain people. Many see them as extremely negative. 

The historical Via Ferratas are generally accepted, but yeah putting up new ones sucks.

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The only thing I really miss about being back in England is comfortable pillows. I have no idea how people manage to sleep on those large, empty, spine breakers that need origami folding skills to become sleepable.

 

But, otherwise, I'm really happy with the way life is going here. Like @desdemona said earlier, it's nice to be away from the spend, spend, spend mentality of life back in England. I think I've maybe only spent 50-60 Euros on anything that wasn't furniture the last few weeks.

 

And the cultural differences have given me a few more interesting topics to blog about! 

 

Speaking the language is also quite fun. I'm doing a month without English right now (I'm allowed to write because I've got to keep the heating on) but I've not spoken in English for about a week now. It's difficult, but it's made living here a lot more comfortable knowing I can converse and get stuck into the culture.

 

All in all I'm enjoying it. I've got my first Rugby training session with ASV Koln this evening, too. So I'm intrigued to see how that goes! 

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16 minutes ago, Deutschified said:

The only thing I really miss about being back in England is comfortable pillows. I have no idea how people manage to sleep on those large, empty, spine breakers that need origami folding skills to become sleepable.

 

 

I hate those too. I've just bought some from M&S...really good offer on at the moment.. http://www.marksandspencer.eu/2-pillows-from-15%2C95€*/EU_SubCategory_13618574597,en_DE,sc.html. They were delivered in 2 days and delivery is usually free over 45€.

 

My German husband has even converted so I just bought some plsin colored pillowcases too to match some of our German bedlinen. NEXT and Amazon.co.uk are also great for free or very cheap delivery.

 

 

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32 minutes ago, Deutschified said:

The only thing I really miss about being back in England is comfortable pillows. I have no idea how people manage to sleep on those large, empty, spine breakers that need origami folding skills to become sleepable.

 

 

 

Interesting you should say that, since it's totally the opposite of how I feel. In fact, the one thing I buy when I travel to Germany is bedding! I have the wonderful comforters and large pillows here, along with the wonderful sheets. Regarding softness, you must not have shopped at a good bedding store. There are all sorts of thicknesses, firmness levels, and even sizes (they now have the "half" pillow size, which I hate but which would be more appealing to Americans).

 

If you don't have a good bedding shop nearby, shop here:

 

http://bettwaren-shop.de/

 

It's wonderful.

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22 minutes ago, emkay said:

I hate those too. I've just bought some from M&S...really good offer on at the moment.. http://www.marksandspencer.eu/2-pillows-from-15%2C95€*/EU_SubCategory_13618574597,en_DE,sc.html. They were delivered in 2 days and delivery is usually free over 45€.

 

My German husband has even converted so I just bought some plsin colored pillowcases too to match some of our German bedlinen. NEXT and Amazon.co.uk are also great for free or very cheap delivery.

 

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You're a star! I've got my Mum shipping some over (should hopefully arrive today) but I'll keep that in mind because I'll definitely need some for English guests.

 

7 minutes ago, jauburn said:

 

Interesting you should say that, since it's totally the opposite of how I feel. In fact, the one thing I buy when I travel to Germany is bedding! I have the wonderful comforters and large pillows here, along with the wonderful sheets. Regarding softness, you must not have shopped at a good bedding store. There are all sorts of thicknesses, firmness levels, and even sizes (they now have the "half" pillow size, which I hate but which would be more appealing to Americans).

 

If you don't have a good bedding shop nearby, shop here:

 

http://bettwaren-shop.de/

 

It's wonderful.

 

My Girlfriend can't understand why I don't like them! But, each to their own. I have a real fondness for the British style pillows! The bedding itself here is quite nice - just awkward to buy when you want to use two small pillows.

 

Thanks for the recommendation :) 

 

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2 hours ago, Gambatte said:

Vie Ferrate are extremely controversal among mountain people. Many see them as extremely negative. 

I know. Mountain people hate any kind of infrastructure in the mountains, be it ski lifts, tourist paths or via ferratas. That way more people can reach the mountains earlier accessible for profis only. Of course, they become jealous.

 

It's like famous Camino del Rey in Spain was renovated in 2015, so it became safe and accessible to everyone. Of course, „true mountaineers“ hated it.

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1 hour ago, Deutschified said:

 

My Girlfriend can't understand why I don't like them! But, each to their own. I have a real fondness for the British style pillows! The bedding itself here is quite nice - just awkward to buy when you want to use two small pillows.

 

 

Glad I'm not the only one who misses British pillows. Johnny German seems keen on either one of those stupid sausage shaped ones, which are only good for being a draft excluder for a stable door, or an enormous square thing, which'd make a great place for a dog to curl up on, but is complete overkill for a human head.

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4 minutes ago, dstanners said:

 

Glad I'm not the only one who misses British pillows. Johnny German seems keen on either one of those stupid sausage shaped ones, which are only good for being a draft excluder for a stable door, or an enormous square thing, which'd make a great place for a dog to curl up on, but is complete overkill for a human head.

 

It's such a small difference but I found it to be properly annoying. You manage to fold it into a position to sleep and about 2am it becomes completely unraveled. Absolute pain the backside! I ended up writing an article (here if you're interested) about some of the weird German/British things I've noticed coming to and from Germany and living here. 

 

Another thing I can't wrap my head around is watching Dinner For One every single New Years Eve. Nobody in my family even remembers it! 

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4 minutes ago, Deutschified said:

It's such a small difference but I found it to be properly annoying. You manage to fold it into a position to sleep and about 2am it becomes completely unraveled. Absolute pain the backside!

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Surely it is better to lie with your head on the pillow, not to sit on it. No wonder you have back pain,.

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