Sometimes ago, I had posted ’10 Things I love about Deutschland’, and now here come again, Part 2. Why Germany?
It is translated as ‘Christmas Market’. As you might probably know already that this market is a special market held only once a year. It is normaly held for a month before Christmas, so around 19th or 20th of November with one or two days pause due to the religious days ( I am not really well informed about this as I do not celebrate Chrismas religiously.) Although some cities have different appointed dates when to have the markets opened, still it’s the event everyone in Germany (and outside Germany too) is looking forward to visiting, seeing, and spending the cold time in while enjoying the alcoholic drink Glühwein or any other hot drinks and simple food, like Reibeküchen, Bratwurst, Grünkohl, Lebküchen to name a few around the area.I am going to post a special post about Weinachtsmark on a separate post, meanwhile I gave you only a little teaser. Speaking of Weinachsmarkt, this has been my 7th Weinachtsmarkt since I first came to Deutschland in 2009! and it still gives me a nice feeling when visiting them. I personally do not really like the crowd, and when I visit the Weinachstmark on weekends, I barely can walk fast. Weinachtsmark is still a lovely event I am looking forward to seeing each year.
- Dortmund (145 feet) – Now Dortmund in Germany does not have just the one Christmas tree. Instead, it has one tree which is made up of 1,700 individual spruce trees piled one atop the other. The marvellous construction, in all its glory, lit up with hundreds of lights and candles is quite the spectacle!
2. The Sparkling Home Decorations (During winter time)
It is probably a matter of personal taste or preference, but It’s difficult for me to think of anyone who does not like sparkling lights lighten up home during cold nights, during winter time where everything is just so white. I do not say that the snw blanketed land is such a bore to look at, however adding a little bit of sparkle here and there around the house during this time makes me happy, they boost my good mood. Each year, I am trying to lighten up the house with seasonal decorations, AND this time has the best seasonal decorations offer ever! I do not know anywhere else, but Germany becomes more lively during winter time with all those sparkling ornaments around their homes, on the windows, the lower fences, trees just to name a few. Last year, we did buy two sparkling stars that are hung on the windows. Not only do the lights lighten up our hearts, but I am pretty sure they do too to our neighbors or anyone who sees our windows.
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3.The Natural Forests and the Man-made Forests
Oh yes, Deutschland has many of them! most interestingly is that many parks often offer ‘spielplatz’ or playgrounds for children to play and use their muscles by climbing, playing sand, swinging, or running around the playground safely. People here love to take a walk A LOT! Walking through such forests is one of the kinds of entertainment here, and I love the idea of being engaged with nature like this. Since I was in Germany, I have had the habbit of taking a walk even to further distance, say 1 km or 2 every day!
4.The Football National Team
In some of my posts, I did mention about the German football national team like why I like them. People might think I am a football fan, the fact is like this : when it comes to league or football club matches, I do not really care that much who wins, but when it comes to world matches, I’d humbly say as an Indonesian living in Germany, that German football national team is one of the toughest teams to beat. The handsome footballers add the charm! (smiling from ear to ear).
5. Beautiful Cathedrals and Old Buildings
I am pretty sure that European countries are countries rich with cultures, and great architecture. I admire those cathedrals and old buildings. Since I have never been anywhere else, but Indonesia (where I am from) and Germany or Deutchland (where I am residing now), so of course I love those great cathedrals in Deutschland. Not only are the cathedrals and churches here amazing, but also some old buildings, even private homes or apartments are pretty. The city where I am residing now, however doesn’t have many old buildings, and I don’t think there are cathedrals here, only old eye-catching old churches. The slideshow below only showed a few of the Cathedral photos and old buildings I have taken during our visit to some cities here. I am going to post one by one of the cities on a separate blog.
6.Mothers and Babies are Special
Mothers have very important roles here in Deutschland, thus their rights are really appreaciated in a very special way. When I was expecting, I was offered a course to prepare birth (Geburtsvorbereitungskurs), this is half-paid by insurance. When my baby was born, I was sent a lot of gifts from the federal state, like a small book for the newborn, one or two games, flyers containing some information about babies, and lists of Kindergartens here. In Germany, there is what it’s called as ‘Elterngeld’ which means the money you get for 12 months after the baby was born, and ‘Kindergeld’ or literally translated as ‘Money for the child’. The ‘Kindergeld’ will be given to parents (for the sake of the babies) right after the baby was born until he or she reaches 25 years old. There are also ‘Muttergeld’ for mothers who are working full time at the office, and ‘Betreungsgeld’, but I am not well informed about these two. These are just some examples out of many good offers for mothers (parents) and babies here in Deutschland.
7. The Disciplines
In general, the German people are discipline people regarding time and rules. In Germany, if you are buying some fresh fish or meat in the special counter that sells them, the guy in the counter will ask ‘ Who came first? ‘ you know like saying ‘ Who should be served first?’. Customers volunterily say ‘He or she is the first.’ something like saying ‘ Do not serve me yet! I am the second to come. He or she was here before me.’
8. Lower Criminal Rates (compared to many other countries in the world)
I feel save here in Germany! I’d rather not say more on this field due to political concerns that might cause a misunderstanding. But, in general Deutschland is probably one of the safest countries to live in.
9. Garbage Separation Systems
Learning about the garbage separation systems here may take sometime. I believe there are many countries with similar systems too. In Germany,every household has at least three kinds of garbage cans or plastic bags for garbage.
a. Plastikmüll for all the things that are considered plastics.
b. Biomüll is used for the rest of bad food, tea filters, kitchen paper, and things like that.
c.Restmüll, this is meant for all the things that are not included in those two things above.
How about batteries, light bulbs, bottles (categorized by colors as well: brown, green,and white) cardboards, and heavy stuff like TV, old bed that has gone bad, and other bulky stuff? They also have their own places! Isn’t that nice!
Sometime ago, a friend who visited Sweden and experienced Sweden, came here to Deutchland, and she wanted to grab something that day on SUNDAY! I was rather surprised when she kept on asking me where to go (that day at that moment) to grab what she urgently needed. I was surprised because I thought this Sunday thing was the same all around Europe. In Deutschland, most stores, malls (if any), are closed on SUNDAYS. If ever you need something, you can try your luck by going to the main train stations to get what you want, but once again it’s only limited to some simple stuff.Depending on the train station, if you happen to be in bigger main train stations, there are usually some shops selling different stuff there, even then they are mostly closed on SUNDAYS. The ones that are not closed are usually food stalls, some restaurants . In Deutschland, this is called as SONNTAGSRUHE, meaning A QUIET SUNDAY! Sunday is the time to be all ‘RUHE’ (Quiet, relax). People are not rushed by groceries shoppings, and malls. When I came here the first time, and found out about this, I did feel bored. I guess I was not used to it. In Indonesia, going to malls and spending time shopping are a part of entertainment. But, in Deutschland, people have many different ways of spending the SONNTAGSRUHE, but mostly will say ‘AUSSCHLAFEN’ or ‘Sleeping late’ so late that even some people have brunch or skip lunch. SONNTAGSRUHE gives me time to be a couch potato, oh yes even I am a mom, I have the right to be lazy too sometimes. I think this SONNTAGSRUHE is only in Germany, but if I am not well-informed, please anyone tell me otherwise!
As I had said earlier on my first post that I choose to count the blessings, and for the moment I haven’t had any complaints regarding my dissatisfaction