Just German Things

Man, I just know that this post is going to be a nostalgia fest. For those of you who don’t know, I was born and raised in Germany until I was seventeen; I’ve since moved to England, but I miss home every day. During this time, I couldn’t help but notice some little quirks. Here’s a list of a few German things:

  • Leaving all of your food shopping until the weekend, making supermarkets crazy busy
  • Raiding the supermarket for enough food to survive the apocalypse when a bank/seasonal holiday approaches
  • Wearing socks with sandals – it’s a meme for a reason
  • Eating meat, potatoes and veggies, but they’re better than yours
  • Looking forward to Karneval and the Christmas markets, but not being into the crowds
  • Mulled wine! Reibekuchen! Stollen! Currywurst! The list of amazing food goes on
  • Chuckling when tourists try to eat bratwurst like a hotdog
  • Afternoon kaffee und kuchen (coffee and cake)
  • Lunch is the most important meal
  • Arguing about the correct names for stuff (looking at you jam doughnut – are you a berliner? A pfannkuchen? Depends where you’re from)
  • Arriving crazy early to things and judging people who are late
  • Going fast AF on the autobahn and still getting passed
  • People mistaking your direct honesty for rudeness
  • Drinking at 7am when the game is at 12pm
  • Diddle is sacred. If you were given anything Diddle related or a letter on Diddle notepaper you were considered blessed
  • Saying hello and goodbye when entering or leaving stores
  • Seeing cops with large guns in train stations during and after major football games
  • Heading north and seeing ‘special’ caravans parked alongside country roads and near the autobahn
  • Spotting deer and wild boar in country fields while hiking or driving


So there you have it, folks! Did you know any of these? Did I miss anything? Have you been to Germany before? Let me know in the comments below or hit me up on Twitter so I have an excuse to be nostalgic.

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