Leaving the country - what will I miss/not miss?

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I'm selling up and moving back to blighty.  People have been asking if I shall miss Germany, which got me thinking. I've put a few thoughts to paper - I'm sure I'll think of a few more.

Things I shall miss
Relatively empty roads
Forests everywhere
Clean cities
Inexpensive meals when eating out
10 - 20 euro parking and speeding fines as opposed to the thieving whores in Britain charging £140 plus three points.
TÜV every two years instead of once a year
Outdoor cafes and restaurants
The weather
The health service
The friends I have made
The bread and brötchen
Veggie balls from Lidl
Getting in the car and driving to other countries without the need of a ferry boat.


Things I shall not miss
The constant fear that someone will sue me for something
Bicycles going the wrong way on one way streets
Bicycles full stop
Ridiculous car insurance prices
Ridiculous costs with anything to do with cars.
The thought that they could work on the road outside my house and charge me for it
Standing at traffic lights waiting for the green man when the road is completely empty
The fear of burning anything in my garden in case a caring neighbour calls the fire brigade and I end up paying them
Going to parties and everyone sitting at tables
Having to clean not only the pavement outside my house but up to the middle of the road, although it's not done because it's a major road connecting two motorways

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I had a haircut today and beard trim. The Greek lady who did it wants to move to Germany. She has a son. Her friend has just moved to Germany with two kids and will get 400 euros a month Kindergeld. In Greece, she gets 50 euros every two months.

That´s what people think of...where will I be better off?

They all sit at tables here at parties! Without their names!

:D

Nobody cleans anything here- And nobody  cares!

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1 hour ago, john g. said:

I had a haircut today and beard trim. The Greek lady who did it wants to move to Germany. She has a son. Her friend has just moved to Germany with two kids and will get 400 euros a month Kindergeld. In Greece, she gets 50 euros every two months.

That´s what people think of...where will I be better off?

They all sit at tables here at parties! Without their names!

:D

Nobody cleans anything here- And nobody  cares!

 

Poor people from Bulgaria are moving here because they heard you can get kindergeld and poor German pensioners are moving to Bulgaria because they can live better there with their pension.

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"Going to parties and everyone sitting at tables"

Going to parties and having to use the du and the Sie form when sat at the table.

 

I have lived here so long and still cannot understand why Germans cannot form a queue. It is a real nightmare trying to get served at our local bakery, nobody stands in line and everyone thinks it is their turn when asked.

 

Lidl also have supermarkets in England. Perhaps you can continue to buy your veggie balls there.

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Things I'll miss:

Shops closed on Sundays

Fantastic public transport

Popping into France if we need something

All the festivals, and events put on in the town

Proper Italian Icecream

 

What shall I not miss:

Er....

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14 hours ago, john g. said:

I had a haircut today and beard trim. The Greek lady who did it wants to move to Germany. She has a son. Her friend has just moved to Germany with two kids and will get 400 euros a month Kindergeld. In Greece, she gets 50 euros every two months.

That´s what people think of...where will I be better off?

They all sit at tables here at parties! Without their names!

:D

Nobody cleans anything here- And nobody  cares!

I lived in Greece for a total of eight years.  What I don't miss is the chaos and what I do miss is the chaos. A country with which I have a love/hate relashionship.

13 hours ago, LukeSkywalker said:

@rodisi: you shall miss the German beer!

I'm not a big drinker although I do like Nörten Hardenberger and its price of just over 9 euro for 30. I was in the supermarket with an English friend and at one point he came and whispered "Is it possible that it's 9.34 euro for 30 bottles?" :D

12 hours ago, White Rose of Yorkshire said:

Lidl also have supermarkets in England. Perhaps you can continue to buy your veggie balls there.

Unfortunately they don't have the veggie balls there.

1 hour ago, French bean said:

Things I'll miss:

Shops closed on Sundays

Fantastic public transport

Popping into France if we need something

All the festivals, and events put on in the town

Proper Italian Icecream

 

What shall I not miss:

Er...

I appreciate shops closed on Sunday but when they also close on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons and at lunch times? I find that ridiculous. We were in Eltville the day of their Rose Festival.  Thousands of people.  We stopped at a restaurant for lunch but were told they close between 14.00 and 17.30 - it's a festival FFS.

We live in a village so public transport is once per day to the main town.

Yes for the festivals and events in the towns, Kirmes, Maifeuer, the festivals in Frankfurt along the Main.

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Depends how old you are really. When I grew up, shops closed Wed. afternoons in the town and the village shop was closed for up to 2 hours for lunch and at 12 on a Saturday. The owner loved his afternoon snoozes. Over Christmas and Easter shops were closed from 12:00 Xmas eve until day after boxing day or the Monday if boxing day was on Saturday and over Easter on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Amazingly, no one starved.

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20 minutes ago, French bean said:

Depends how old you are really. When I grew up, shops closed Wed. afternoons in the town and the village shop was closed for up to 2 hours for lunch and at 12 on a Saturday. The owner loved his afternoon snoozes. Over Christmas and Easter shops were closed from 12:00 Xmas eve until day after boxing day or the Monday if boxing day was on Saturday and over Easter on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Amazingly, no one starved.

Where I live, it's still like that!

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One advantage in living in and around a Tourist Spot  up here!  Opening hours are more flexible.

 Even in the UK, shop hours and transit can be limited in village/rural areas these days.

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39 minutes ago, RedMidge said:

One advantage in living in and around a Tourist Spot  up here!  Opening hours are more flexible.

 Even in the UK, shop hours and transit can be limited in village/rural areas these days.

This is a tourist spot, and quite a popular one at that, but the locals around here are not going to change their ways.  It's fine when you remember, but I have been caught out a couple of times when going in before 14:30 to get something <_<

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Germany still has its small shops. Are there still any small shops like this in Blighty or did Tesco kill them off?

 

 

One thing I would not miss about Germany is the general uptightness of the people here. This "Ordnung" comes at a price. Or maybe that's Oberbayern. i always found Oberpfalz people way more chilled in north Bayern.

 

Edit: I was just outside trying to weed my veg bed (first ever carrots!) when I had to come in owing to the local tribals yelling at each other. The German language is at its best when screamed, in fact it is a purpose built language to invade other countries. Thank God we never lost the war or we'd also be wrestling with derdiedas nonsense.

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51 minutes ago, Keefy said:

For several years after moving, I was nostalgic for UK landscapes, particularly Wales and Scotland, but also the Lake District, Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and north Devon among other scenic delights.

 

For Lake District:

 

 

For Peak District:

 

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43 minutes ago, jeremytwo said:

Keefy - you'd make a great stand-in for Bill Bryson!

Why thank you, kind Sir!

 

I really enjoy reading and re-reading Bryson..his book Mother Tongue about the English language is terrific, and his Shakespeare biography is another good one. In fact, I've got nearly all of his books.

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2 minutes ago, HEM said:

 

For Lake District:

 

 

For Peak District:

 

Excellent!

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1 minute ago, Keefy said:

Excellent!

Vindolanda Video (Roman fort just South of Hadrian's Wall) still to come.

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57 minutes ago, Keefy said:

Bristol buses whose timetables have won the Nobel Prize for Fiction several years running, ...

That reliable? Hilarious description.

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7 hours ago, French bean said:

Depends how old you are really. When I grew up, shops closed Wed. afternoons in the town and the village shop was closed for up to 2 hours for lunch and at 12 on a Saturday. The owner loved his afternoon snoozes. Over Christmas and Easter shops were closed from 12:00 Xmas eve until day after boxing day or the Monday if boxing day was on Saturday and over Easter on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Amazingly, no one starved.

I don´t know how old you are, French, but I remember being a paper boy in the early 60s in England and the newsagent had to close on Wednesday afternoons and they (I think) were not allowed to sell pens and paper on another day ( but memory a bit failing..). Daft anyway! What I also remember: I asked the newsagent, Alan, one day what was in the brown paper bag I spotted and he showed me: a Danish porn mag!!!! I admit, that was probably my first " hard on  " and I was about 12 or so!!:D

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