Therefore, don’t feel too dejected if Germans aren’t rushing over to become instant besties with you.
Close friendships with Germans don’t usually happen overnight, but when they do form, I find it a lot more genuine (aka none of that “OMG your top looks so hot” when you know it makes you look frumpy bullshit). Germans love bread I’ve been told that I’ve never actually had bread until I came to Germany, because those sliced packages of bread we have in North America (you know, like Dempsters), isn’t actually bread, but toast (even when it’s not toasted).
You get hit on at the bus stop, marriage proposals in the food court, and someone always seems to make jokes in the elevator to keep the silence at bay.
If you’re reading in a coffee shop, someone will comment on your book, and people will invite you to house parties after five seconds of talking to them.
If you walk down the street, it’s likely you’ll get chatted up.
Or more specifically, “American toast.” And so, it’s easy to note that Germans take their bread very seriously. There’s bakeries on almost every street and every train station, and some of them even open for a few hours on Sundays!
Germans love sausages I’ve never actually seen my German friends eat sausages on a regular basis, so I can’t quite confirm this point.
And while most Germans will blame Bavarians for all their stereotypes, being a Canadian living in Germany, I can’t help but notice some of these stereotypes on a day to day basis (I live in Baden-Württemberg).
Germany is the country of insurance companies I’ve never heard of this stereotype until I moved to Germany, but when I did move, one of the first things I’ve noticed was this word “Versicherung.” And it would be everywhere – elegantly written across large fancy buildings, to every other commercial on TV with cute puppies and flowers mentioning this word “Versicherung.” I thought it must have been something exciting, mystical and very European, until I found out that it meant insurance.