Take note, in Philippines, I wasn’t really a big fan of going to the forest and climbing mountains. Maybe it’s because we can barely see places like that anymore because of some illegal activities other people are doing until now. Or maybe some of us, including me, are just not used to going to the forest. Aside from being a quiet place, we were also a little concerned about our safety especially nowadays where crime is increasing. We'd rather go swimming with friends and celebrate some occasions at the beach.
Ok, so let’s start. What have I noticed about Germans?
First when it comes to behavior, they are friendly. They have this kind of besobeso, with friends and relatives. They are respectful and they appreciate the help given to them by saying Thank You. They are frank and honest. Once they said something to you, they meant it. When they say your beautiful, or nice, well then you have to believe them because they don’t tell you that stuff to make fun. Most of them act proper when they are outside. You can barely see and hear Germans shouting to each other or fighting in front of many people. They are also very independent. As much as possible, they want to earn their own money and do whatever they want without depending on their parents when it comes to expanses. Still have a lot of positive things I could describe about Germans, but of course, humans are just humans and not perfect. Germans do have negative side but not really that bad.
A good example is that they are not really patient. Don’t let them wait for you for long or let them wait for something that takes forever. They simply don’t like that and will surely complain. They are also punctual when it comes to appointments. That's why they want to be entertained on time and again don’t want to wait for what feels like forever. That behavior here is a must whether meeting a close friends or relatives. And please remember, when they visit a friend or relatives, they always inform them first and make an appointment to check when they have time. You can’t just go to somebody's home, whenever you want. They are also Perfectionist. One good example is when they are planning for Vacation. They don’t just prepare it early, but also take time to read about the destination they are going to visit. In our case, my husband knows more about my country than I do. It’s because I forgot some of the things I've learned from school and I am not a big fan of reading it all over again.
Now let’s take a look at the typical food and drinks. Germans simply don’t eat that much rice. Instead many are eating bread and jam or cheese and sausage for breakfast. When I had the chance to have breakfast together with my husband’s family, there was a lot of different bread and many different kinds of homemade jam but also some butter and cheese on the table. That time I thought gosh I am craving for rice with egg, longanisa or corned beef, the usual breakfast in the Philippines. But then, I tried it. At first it was hard because, hey, cutting the hard bread using knife and fork? Oh common...can I just use my Fingers? Well then, I continued and had a hard fight with cutting the bread. Well, finally I tried bread with butter and jam. It wasn’t that bad after all. But for me it was just a sort of snack. I still need my rice.
Another German food that also caught my attention were the Sausages. In the Philippines, we only have Choriso and Longanisa. We find it really yummy and sweet but in Germany it is most likely to be salty. The sausages have different sizes, colors and shapes and they are also made with different kinds of meat. They all look yummy but when you taste it and expected the taste you used to have in the Philippines, well then better be prepared for a disappointment. Like I said earlier, it is salty and hey, Germans eat some of them cold, yummy. No frying or anything but the cold sausages got smoked before. At first I was also a little surprised but then later on, me and my husband decided to at least fry it shortly, that’s us Filipinos, we used to fry raw foods when it comes to meat. So yea, I always fried it before we eat it here.
Let’s now talk about German drinks. Have you had a German boyfriend before or even husband now? Does he like to drink Bier often? If not, then probably he is mixed with another nationality or didn’t exactly grow up in his homeland. Because Bier has been a traditional beverage ever since. Coffee is of course also included. Because its already normal for them to drink it every day. If I will be going to rank it based on the Germans I've noticed so far, Coffee comes first, second is beer and third is water. Yes that's German.
German Lifestyle. It is already normal for us to see other nationalities having their own cars and huge houses. We could see that especially in movies, Tv Shows or we hear it from friends who have been visiting other countries. They could simply afford that kind of luxury as long as they are working. In Germany it is also the same when it comes to cars, it is really important in their daily routine. Going to work when the office or company is a little further away and there is no public transport available but not really when it comes to houses. Some Germans prefer to live and rent an apartment especially those who are working in the cities. Even when they already have a family, they still keep renting and find it easier and a less hassle compared to buying a house. It also has a lot to do with being flexible and being able to move from one place to another, maybe for a job or for other reasons, without being tied to one city. Even though, having an own house can save you more than paying monthly rent for Apartment.
Festivals. Well, luckily this year I was able to witness the popular Festival called 'Karneval'. Well yea, speaking of other country, most of the people think about, oh you are going to be homesick; it will get boring and other negative stuff but when I saw this festival or other previous activities and traditions all these negative expectations I've heard before were wrong. Why? Because Karneval is just a colorful festival where people wearing awesome and cool dresses which fit to the theme they wanted to present in their city. That time it was more on scary customs and mascaras. People went crazy in a good way like dancing in the street, singing something together; give candies and other food to the kids, hehe even I got included because of my height. But aside from colorful costumes, you can see different kind of giant float and props. There you can see images like a ship with Pirates inside and a lot more. That time I could feel my favorite festival in my Province of Cebu. Even though Sinulog is nicer and a bigger celebration than the one here I can still say Germany as my second home is not that far at all. Maybe all I need is just a little adjustment and adaptation at first with the environment and everything else about the country. That’s it. Now that I’ve learned the local language met new friends, even have my first part time job things got a lot easier already. Joining a special occasion sometimes, going to church where I can sing the song I used to sing in my church and especially having a supportive husband all the way also helps a lot. I couldn’t ask for anything anymore at the moment. For now I am living normally, and looking forward to discover more of my second home. There are lot more things to get interested in than to get discourage by just a few.
Let’s move on to some more interesting things about Germany. When I was at my in laws place we've decided to buy some fresh meat and vegetables at the market. I was a bit excited because I haven’t been to the market since I got here. It’s kind of interesting to know other differences of the country. So here we go. It’s an open Market where people who are selling stuff got their products from their own backyard and farm. Also a lot of people bringing their family and even their pets while buying food. The market has a good location because it was just 20 steps away from a huge park and close to a beautiful castle the city has preserved for a long time. Well, the markets seem nice and we had fun there. It reminded me about the markets in the Philippines. Even though the markets in the Philippines are still the best for me because of the simplicity of the people, the crowded ways where you probably couldn’t move too much anymore and still could manage to smile and try talking with strangers you encounter. You can hear dealer shouting the price of their products to convince the customer to buy from them or hear groups of people singing karaoke inside the Carenderia Store, a small Restaurant, and many more. Philippine markets definitely have a lot more and different goods to offer.
When we think about cities, we surely have similar ideas about it. In Germany you can’t only see shopping stores, restaurants, schools etc., there are also museums and other historical places preserved in every city here which makes it very interesting to visit them. In my city here I was able to check out the museum and the castle. I saw a lot of things from before. The city even preserved a real sword full of diamonds and gold, the crown from the Royal Family and the sofa they were sitting on. A long table where they used to eat with the entire cutlery that is made of real silver and gold and many more things were still displayed there as well as the office of the previous famous people. It was kind of interesting and amazing. I still want to visit more of them soon.
Public Transportation. Well, one thing to consider when going somewhere is preparing some money for the fare. No doubt, Germany has a very accessible and comfortable public transportation. Apparently there are only trains and busses available and you won’t find some sort of Jeepney or Tricycle. Everything here in Germany is really in order. You can’t just get a train or bus in front of your door. Each of them has a designated location where they stop and pass by. There are a lot of trains and buses that can send you too many destinations you want to go but yea, it’s a bit expensive of course. No wonder almost all people here are having their own cars and prefer to drive on their own rather than to keep on spending money for the fare. But still, if I will be asked, it’s nice to experience being with different people, observing how they interact with someone and more important to have knowledge on how to get the right ticket and the right train. Oh and I forgot to mention that I just found out recently that the ticket for the train can also be used for the bus in case you change your mind on what to take.
The first time I took the train I was very nervous because I knew nothing about the language and I just discovered a few places alone. I went to the city and visited stores for shopping and other stuff. It all ended well, I had fun and also found my way back home again without any problems. I kind of miss the little expenses in the Philippines even though public transportation there is always crowded but it’s still nice to sit in an open air vehicles. Still more fun in the Philippines when it comes to public transportation.
Oh before I forget. This year is the Football European Championship in France and the best teams from all European countries play against each other. So far, Germany won almost every game except for one draw against Poland. Football is a very popular sport here in Germany. They just became the World Champion 2014 in Brazil. Aren’t they a good football player? Well, I can compare this with the boxing fights of Pacquiao in the Philippines where people have to stop what they're doing, stay inside the house, watching, yelling and also feel the victory and defeat of their favorite athlete.
That’s all I can share so far. For me, Germany is just awesome. There’s a lot to discover and to get interested in.
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