10 Things I love about Deutschland (Germany) (Part 1)

I always like Deutschland since I was 15. I had been dreaming of seeing Deutschland when I was 15. Gott sei dank, God granted my wishes in a special way, the way that I did not expect it would ever happen to me. I am more than just being grateful, really. Having been living in Germany for 3 years has made me realize that there are many  good things about Germany. I know that 3 years’ experiences might be different from 2 or 5 or 10 or more years’ experiences. So, if you feel you know Germany more than I do, you might disagree with my 10 things.

1. In comparison to my own country Indonesia, Deutschland’s weather suits me better. Any weather in any seasons here is by far acceptable for me. I basically love cool weather, so that explains why  I love (Herbst)or Autumn and Winter better than Frühling (Spring) or Sommer (Summer). Even if it is on summer time, the weather is far from what it’s called as sultry as in Surabaya (the city I come from), Indonesia. The hot summer weather is still incomparable to the hot weather in Indonesia in general.kota

 

2There is less air pollution which makes me feel taking a walk during hot summer time still comfortable. I don’t need  to worry to cover my nose because of the bad air pollution. Back in Indonesia, I always brought a small handkerchief to cover my nose whenever I was on the street, so that I would not inhale the bad air pollution coming out of the vehicles for example.

3. Queuing.

-Using the ‘Aufzug’ or elevator! In comparison to my own country, people often rush in the elevator without giving a chance to people who want to rush out. It’s like they were saying ‘ I should go inside soon, otherwise the lift will leave me and I need  to wait again and again until it comes to me.’ It is vice versa in Deutschland. People outside the elevator wait for the people who are already in the elevator who want to rush out. Then, those people who are outside step in the elevator.

– Buchery for example. If there are few people who happen to be at the same counter of meat, the buchery will usually ask ‘ Ok, who’s first?’, and amazingly those customers are willing to say who should get the privilege to be served at the first place. In comparison to my country, even, say in the market, the seller often don’t care who comes first, and amazingly the customer who in fact comes later than the first customer has the desires to be served fast by directly placing his or her order. I am often annoyed by these people.

There are just many examples of discipline in queuing here in Deutschland. Those two are just to name a few.

4.Insurances

I am not  going much into details about this. The thing is that there are just too many kinds of insurances in Deustchland. Regarding health insurance, I think Germany has a reputation for having one of the best health care systems in the world. I often get headache when learning that every single thing is insured in Germany. People want to live secured.

5. Relatively good  public transport systems.

The first time I came to Germany, all I wanted to try was the fast train ICE! All I wanted to try was the public transportations. We live in the center of the city, thus car is absolutely not needed in our case. I think not having a car in Germany is not a bad thing at all since the public transportations are already quite reliable. I know those who do not agree will say that having cars give more benefits such as faster. The public transportations here like U-Bahn or subway system, different kinds of  trains (from RB(Regional Bahn), S-Bahn(Strassenbahn), IC (Inter City), ICE (Inter City Express) just to name a few) , buses are quite reliable. They are not always on time, but they are such great helper when we want to travel around Germany. This ICE train has also a special compartment for family with babies and young children, and it is interesting to be able to experience traveling in this ‘Kleinkindabteil’. Believe me this ‘Kleinkindabteil’ is one of the things I am feeling grateful for using ICE , German fast train. Please go to search engine and find kleindkindabteil ICE Germany, you will be tempted to try to book  tickets for it! Me? I loveee it.ice3

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.Language

If you are an avid reader of my blog since the beginning you will know how I love languages. And that goes without saying that I love the German language. Having in love with the language does not necessarily mean you can speak the language. I am not on that path yet, soon I hope. All movies on TV here are dubbed into German. They are proud of their own language, which is a good thing. I know it can be troublesome for me to follow movies on TV without subtitles. Even with subtitles, it can still  be very upseting since I feel like I am at a total lost. I think it’s pretty awesome that there are only minimal touch of foreign languages on this land. And I have to say, I hate for not being able to speak the language grammaticaly correct. Should I take German linguistic???

7.Kind People

‘Depend’ is always the answer to many things on this world. But in general, the Germans are friendly people. I have experienced a lot and alot of nice experiences  with those kind and friendly people. They often offer their help whenever they see me having some problems like for example with my pram. People often offer their seats to old people or mothers with babies and young children. One time, I met some random people, and they saw our daughter! they thought she was cute. She is!, then they said their hopes and prayers to us, something like ‘ Alles gute!’

8. German bread and cakes

Germany has a very long tradition of excellence baking. I used to not like bread, I ate bread only rarely back in Indonesia. But since I came  to Germany, oh boy! the taste of the bread is sooooo different from the bread sold in many bakeries in Indonesia. I love German bread, cakes and pastries! they are really  my cup of tea! I love semmel brezel, hmm just for a teaser!DSC_1216

 

 

 

 

9. Termin Termin and Termin (Appointment, Appointment and Appointment)

I know it can be pretty upseting when one comes to your home all of a sudden ringing your house door while you are just still wearing your PJ, and your home is still in such a mess. In Deutschland, even visiting friends and family needs a termin or an appointment, so that one can prepare. I think it’s nice to keep my plan in a correct order. All of a sudden I become like a businesswoman who had a plan book that full of termin and termin and termin.  This termin thing helps me manage my day effectively.images

 

 

 

 

10. When Dinner is not ready…then comes the big helper Abendbrot

Neither do I love cooking nor hate it. I like cooking, but I will never say I am good at it. I usually make a weekly mealtime plan to make it easier for me to buy groceries. Being a very busy housemom and housewife, I sometimes feel tired even  to look at the menu I stick on the fridge in the kitchen. So, either ordering or having something else for dinner. The simple thing comes the German Abendbrot that comes with different kind of Aufschnitt (assorted sliced cold meats, cheese) smoked fish, cheese, pepperoni, senf(mustard), tomatoes, pickles, and many other fresh food that is on the table. I can add pepper too. Abendbrot can be luxury too.

There are of course things I do not like about Germany, but that comes later. Meanwhile, enjoy Germany! Cheers
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16 responses to “10 Things I love about Deutschland (Germany) (Part 1)

  1. Very nice appraisal of why you like Germany. Some are surprising. hehehehe You have been there long enough to weigh the likes and dislikes or pro’s and con’s.
    This is true of all and any place you live for any length of time… foreign and domestic. Just different cities or towns can be compared… and countries are the most interesting and drastic in comparison…
    Nice writing.. and I do see you Indonesian… 🙂 hehehehe

    • There are always two opposites sides of a coin, I believe. You will encounter the same when you live in Indonesia, and I do hope you’ll experience only nice things, at least they weight over the not-so-nice ones.

    • I do agree that 4 seasons are better that 1 or 2! And yes… I remember the Indonesian look you have… waiting to go to Germany! hehehehe now you wear thick coats… and do not sweat as much! 🙂

    • Hehe yeah minimal amount of sweat! Isn’t that awesome, visiting toilet often becomes a routine! Deutschland perfect weather!

  2. The most i like of germany is that we need not to fake our feeling. The most i dislike about indonesia is the “Basa-Basi thingy”. It gets me on my nerves most of the time, exhausting. Especially because in most occasion it’s really exaggerating and soooo wasting time. It often makes everything more complicated than it should.
    ‘What you see is what you get’, das gefällt mir sehr gut hier in DE hehehe.

    • Ana… Friend of Lu2… I think you are absolutely correct.. that Basa Basi thing is like a game.. and also that part of Indonesian culture… I bring you a gift and you have to bring me a gift later.. and the gifts get bigger and bigger and more meaningless than the first… ugh!! Here in USA… they try to do the Basa Basi and gifting.. and soon the run out of money… and something to say!!!

    • Hhehe yep the ‘Basa Basi’ is hard to beat when we are in Indonesia, but when dealing with Indonesians who live in Germany, I think there is no ‘Basa Basi’ anymore? I think having lived here for 3,5 years affect on the way I treat this ‘Basa Basi’ when I am in Indonesia.

    • And Lulu… it is the same here… it seems that Indonesian have a tendency to leave most of their basa basi style at the border… however it is changed to western basa basi… like the greeting..

      Lets say you have a cold… and you feel bad… a friend comes up to you and say.. Apa Kabar? you say Baik…. and you feel sick and bad…. that is far as it goes.. because your friend will say.. you look bad.. sick.. and then you will say, yes… I caught a cold and dont feel so well… heheheheheh basa basi western style.. the truth finally comes out… after the introduction..

  3. Yes, i’m a friend of Lulu :).
    And yup… it’s funny that they are wondering why they always run out of money hahaha. I’m a kind of person who better take a bitter pill than a sweet poison hehehe. “Basa-basi” and too much unnecessary politeness is so not me ^_^.
    The Question: “How are you?” would in USA or other asian countries normally be answered by :”Fine, thank you,” no matter how you actually feel at that moment. In germany it is not so weird to hear this kind of answer: “Leider, ganz beschissen,” = “Unfortunately rather sucks.” and it’s not only among teenagers but also more older people. If it’s between colleagues at work would be a bit more polite but with the same sense, like this: “Leider, nicht so gut, mein Plan hat nicht gut geklappt”= “Unfortunately not so good, my plan didn’t run well.”
    They will tend to answer just like the way it is. Because when people ask how are you doing, it’s normally because they are really interested to know how do you feel, not just for politeness or “basa-basi”.
    So as foreigner we shouldn’t wonder anymore if germans would expect our total concentration or enthusiasm when we answer that everything is ok :-D.
    I think it makes my life much easier as i need not to play guessing and have not to try reading people’s mind just to prevent me from saying wrong words at the wrong time anymore LOL.

  4. Jim: So the gifts become like a tennis ball game? the one who keeps it going is the winner hehe, not really nice in this case, I guess.

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