Thursday, September 2, 2010

Some Differences

Because I'm currently not doing anything and therefore have plenty of time on my hands, I thought I'd list some of the differences I've noticed between America and Germany.

-Lunch is the big meal of the day. That's when the warm food is served. Dinner is usually just bread and lunchmeat.
-Germans eat a lot. Breakfast in the morning, packed lunch at school, warm lunch when they get home, dinner at dinner time. Soo much food. Always.
-Bikes here are totally different. And I think it's safe to say that they are definitely one of my least favorite things about Germany. In order to get on and off of them you have to step on the pedals THEN sit on the seat, you cant just swing your leg over the bike and hop on. And to get off you have to stand on the pedals then put your feet on the ground. You cant just stay sitting and put your feet down. I have issues with this. Like today I forgot I was riding a German bike and I fell off of it, kinda into the road. The cars had to stop so I could pick up my stuff, the group of kids behind me witnessed it all. I walked my bike the rest of the way to school in embarrassment. German bikes suck. But they are easier on your legs.
-Bikes sometimes have the right away as opposed to cars, which I find totally weird. I dont understand it at all, so cars are always having to wave at me to get me to go. woops. :)
-At school, you're with the same people all day, like elementary school, except that you've been with these same people your entire school life.
-The toilets have buttons instead of flushers. And the toilets have no backs, they're just toilet bowls connected to the wall.
-Germans wear their clothes a few days in a row before they wash them.
-Germans sort all their garbage. Plastics go in the "gelbersack," paper in the paper trash can, and bottles have deposits on them, so they're taken back to the grocery and put into this awesome machine.
-No speed limits on the Autobahn! I've been in a car going as fast as 180km/hr. Woohoo! :)
-All the cars here are compact. I've seen 0 SUVs in my 15 days here. 0.
-EVERYONE drives stick shifts! Totally strange.
-All the house have gates. Like rich people's houses.
-You can fail gym if you suck at athletics because you get graded on how well you do instead of participation and effort. And gym class is soooo BORING. uck.

I also want to make you all aware that there is a comment box located directly under this post. Just click comment and leave me your thoughts, questions, or concerns (or any combination of these three). I'd appreciate it muchly. :)

That's all I've got for now.

Bis Bald,


  1. I think you should post a photo of the bikes and of the toilets so we can get a better visual. And did my baby get hurt on that bike or was it just her pride?

  2. Oh, one more thing. Have you gained any weight yet?

  3. well i do have a few bruises, but it's all good. and no, i think i've lost weight actually. i really need to invest in a belt. i'm constantly pulling up my pants.