Having lived in Germany for some time and experienced it I can describe to you a little how I see Germany “Through My Eyes” 👁👁.
The first and at the same time a very positive impression was:
- general order 🧹. On the streets, in front of houses, in forests, in parks, in general, everywhere was clean.
- Kindness 😊. Just like I mentioned in the post O Canada! teachers and children at school were very nice. I don’t know if it’s because we lived in a very small town, but I’d rather think that’s the case in most schools.
- Recycling ♻️
- In shops, there was a deposit 💶 system for bottles 🍾🍾. The deposit covered all types of bottles, whether it is glass, plastic, large, small, after a soft drink, or after alcohol. The amount depended on its type. The only way to get bail was to return the bottles. Plastic bottles were thrown into a special machine that was set up at the entrance to the store, while glass lined up on a special tape, from which the employee took the bottles. In both cases, you received a ticket 🧾 with a corresponding amount for the return of the bottles, which was used to pay the bill for subsequent purchases.
- Another system that was in force in our area, i.e. Danndorf, was the segregation of rubbish 🗑🚮. From the municipal office, yellow bags were delivered, into which rubbish was thrown subject to recycling. The rest had to be placed into a black bag, which you had to buy yourself.
- Health care 🏥🩺 in Germany, for me, is one of the best that we have experienced. Going to the doctor, you are admitted on time. The office was equipped with very good equipment. As I mentioned in the post “Dilemma”, my husband had a knee operation and going to the doctor, immediately on the spot he was x-rayed with a CD recording. After that, in 7 days he was already lying on the surgery table. After the surgery, he got new crutches, and it was all covered by public health.
- Rabbits 🐰. I don’t know about other cities, but in Wolfsburg, there were a lot of rabbits on the residential lawns. I can even say that a lot of 🐇🐇🐇.
- English 🇬🇧. Contrary to what everyone told us that in Germany we would be able to communicate in English without any problems, this was not the case at all. In offices only in German, without exception. No matter where we went, no one spoke English 🤐. We were not even able to buy mobile phones in the shop, despite the fact that the seller was a young man. As you can see, English is not a very popular language in Germany, possibly necessary in such places as hospitality. At least in 2013 😉.
- The trains 🚄 that run through Germany are very clean, well-groomed and move at a very high speed. In the vicinity of 300 km/h.
- On weekends, the town would suddenly get busy. As during the whole week no one was seen, so on weekends everyone emerged from their houses, mowed lawns, planted flowers, generally gathered around their house. You could say that once a week they let you know that they were alive or maybe that they were still alive 😉.
- Priorities 🎯. From what we learned from native Germans, for them in the first place is a career (work), then family (second half) and with possibly one child, at the earliest after 35 years of age.
- And the most important and sad thing is that especially in these smaller cities, you can face racism mainly from the older generation. We did not experience this personally, but we were warned by a very sympathetic German who said that if we were looking for a house, we absolutely should not say that we were Poles, only that we worked at the Ritz Carlton, because no one would want to rent us. It’s sad, isn’t it 😢? In fact, we found a house from a Polish man who has lived in Germany since childhood, maybe that’s why it was easier for us, and we missed this kind of unpleasantness. I mentioned it in the “Move” post.
Due to the fact that we did not stay in Germany for too long, there is not much to describe. I was with the children for only 5 months, half of which without a car 🤷♀️. In such a nutshell, I see Germany with “Through My Eyes”.
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