If you’re reading in a coffee shop, someone will comment on your book, and people will invite you to house parties after five seconds of talking to them.
After a week in Canada, if you don’t have more friends and drinking buddies than fingers, than you’re definitely doing something wrong.
Close friendships with Germans don’t usually happen overnight, but when they do form, I find it a lot more genuine (aka none of that “OMG your top looks so hot” when you know it makes you look frumpy bullshit). Germans love bread I’ve been told that I’ve never actually had bread until I came to Germany, because those sliced packages of bread we have in North America (you know, like Dempsters), isn’t actually bread, but toast (even when it’s not toasted).
Or more specifically, “American toast.” And so, it’s easy to note that Germans take their bread very seriously. There’s bakeries on almost every street and every train station, and some of them even open for a few hours on Sundays!
Germans have no sense of humour I find all my German friends to be very funny, but then again, I’m easily amused. Especially very serious people, because I find serious people especially funny in their need to be serious all the time. With that said, yes I do think Germans have a sense of humour.
While their humour is more subtle, and not the sort of drunken debauchery (“Haha Tucker Max is the shit! ), they are definitely funny in their own way, and hearing a German joke is always a delight.
That way, they’ll laugh if they find it funny, or just stare at you blankly if it’s not funny (because Germans won’t forcefully laugh at your jokes if they’re not funny just to be nice).
Maybe they do but hide the fact when I’m around so I don’t rush to tell all my friends back home that all Germans love sausages, further contributing to this stereotype.If there’s one country that people seem to love stereotyping, it’s Germany. Instead, I find Germans to really want a purpose in everything (perhaps so they can pencil it into their schedules).Perhaps it’s from the image of Germans that Hollywood movies give, but I always find that people hardly ever give you a neutral response when you mention the word “Germany” or “Germans.” Example 1: Person: Hey, so I’m moving to Iceland. So instead, something like “Hey, let’s meet for coffee on Thursday at exactly 17.27” would be the correct German response.There, I made lots of German friends and had the time of my life partying with them almost every night.So when I told people back in Canada that I was planning on moving to Germany, and people would respond with, “those Germans seem like really cold people,” I was genuinely surprised.