After living in Germany now for almost four years, there are many things that I have learned or even adapted into my expat life. These adaptations make living in Germany much easier as now I look and sound like I belong here rather than just some American tourist.
- You say ‘Grüß Gott’ as a greeting in Bavaria.
- You say ‘Guten Appetite’ before every meal.
- You ride a bike every day, rain, snow or shine.
- You have an insurance policy for everything: Your health, your house, your car and your friend’s TV.
- You’re obsessed with conserving electricity, water & gas because you want your yearly refund.
- You have a case of beer on hand at all times
- You’re a dish washing pro.
- You maximize the most out of little space.
- You’re OCD about recycling everything properly: plastic, paper, brown glass, green glass, white glass….
- You know the dangers of saying “Happy Birthday” before someone’s birthday.
- You might have a Masters degree. Or two.
- You might carry an extra tote bag in your purse/backpack for shopping purposes and kick yourself when you forget it.
- You have one favorite football (soccer) team and hate all the rest
- You have a shot of schnapps after every big meal.
- You have been let down by the Deutsche Bahn more times than you can count so you bought a car.
- You get annoyed when there are long lines and only 2 registers are open out of 10.
- German banks annoy you.
- You miss air conditioning.
- You get road rage when someone is driving slow in the fast lane.
- You carry an umbrella with you at all times.
- You hate the German stare and have started asking people, “Can I help you with something?”
- A corner of your house is stuff to the max with bottles waiting to be taken back for your Pfand.
- You hate GEMA for blocking all those awesome videos.
- You know how frustrating it can be to make a Dr’s appointment.
- You begin wearing scarfs 24/7 because everyone constantly says without one you’ll catch the “Zug”.
- You’ve hate when someone honks at you within a second of the light turning green.
- You make dinner reservations even if it’s a casual dinner.
- You go grocery shopping every 2-3 days.
- You despise the loud drunken singing at 4am after soccer games
- You know the dangers of a lunatic driver trying to pass you on a windy country back road.
- You’ll suddenly find that making “small talk” is difficult…
- You hate that the stores close at 8pm and you need something at 8:05pm.
- You avoid the grocery stores before & after public holidays because you know it’s like shopping during the Apocalypse.
- You can only handle so much of German perfectionism
- You PROST every chance you get.
- You can cook schnitzel like a pro.
- You love driving fast on the autobahn and hate the slow bits.
- You look forward to the Christmas Market season all year.
- You look forward to your ‘Feierabend’, preferably with a beer, in a beer garden.
- You eat Brotzeit as often as possible
- You wear your Lederhosen or Dirndl to every festival (if you’re in Bavaria)
- You have a trendy grocery/wicker basket.
- You’re day feels incomplete if you haven’t said “Genau” at least 10 times.
- People might think you’re crazy when you have your windows open before it’s warm outside.
- You have a favorite Döner shop & they know you’re name!
- You enjoy the crazy, sporadic thunderstorms.
- You BBQ every sunny day at the nearest park, river, lake.
- You have a particular potato salad you like the best.
- You can navigate the bus/train system like a pro.
- You have walked down the street, in public with a beer in your hand AND not been arrested.
- You love Spargel season.
- You can pour a good head on a beer.
- You know which glass is for which beer.
- Once you go Audi, BMW, Merceces-Benz or VW, you never go back.
- You reserve your lounge chair with a towel at 8am.
This post was inspired by My Meena Life.
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