Monday, June 3, 2013

Things You Just Won't Understand If You Have Not Lived In Germany

My son just brought his yearbook from the American high school home and it had this funny list of things in it. I have been emailed a similar list by people a couple of times and have seen it floating around the web here and there. We all had a good chuckle over it so I decided to share it with you. 

1. Ausfahrt isn't funny anymore.
Autobahn ausfahrt sign, Germany

2. You appreciate when the car behind you or next to you gives you half an inch of space.
3. Two hours for dinner is "fast food."
4. You judge mustard by how well it opens your sinuses.
5. Jumping across the border for the day is no big deal.
6. You no longer need Google Translate at the grocery store.
7. You think family pictures taken at the castle are so cliché.
8. You forgot how to use round doorknobs.
German doorknob, Germany

9. You forget how to flush a toilet that doesn't have a push button.
German toilet, Germany

10. Even 90 MPH seems really, really slow.
11. You no longer think it is strange that beer and water are the same price.
12. Even at home, you no longer put ice in your drinks.
13. You never go into a store without a shopping bag.
14. You NEVER shop the day before a German holiday.
15. You never let your front door close behind you without your keys in your pocket.
16. You think anything with chocolate sounds like a good breakfast.
German breakfast, chocolate croissant

17. You answer the phone "Hallo."
18. You need a power drill and sledgehammer to hang a picture on your wall.
19. You rig you lawnmower and vacuum cleaner to give you shocks if you try to use them on a Sunday.
20. You no longer even want ketchup for your fries.
21. Christmas is incomplete without Gluhwein at a castle.
22. You sing Tchüss instead of saying good-bye.
23. You say Bitte and Danke.
24. You wonder how you ever lived without Rolladens.
25. You wear a scarf every single day... even in the summer.
26. You own shoes just for walking.
27. And, last but not least, you have muttered at least once "Dang Americans" when out in town.



What makes the place where you live original? What wouldn't people understand about it? Share a little!


  1. I love it, too funny! It says a lot about your new life there.

  2. Number 25 made me laugh sooo much! I would never have dreamed of wearing a scarf in summer before moving to Germany (I'm English). Or wearing a scarf indoors. In fact, I wrote a similar post to this ("You know you're turning German when..") and included the scarf thing.

    1. Thanks for the read! Where do you live in Germany where it could be too hot?!

    2. Karlsruhe. last year it got up to 45°C (Google tells me that's 109°F) which is toooo hot for me. OK, that was extreme, but we regularly get up to between 35 and 38°C in July/August.

  3. I relate to soooo many of these! Especially the doorknob, lightswitches, and toilets! When we went home from leave I was so confused lol.

  4. Haha, I love this so much!
    Hello, I am Katrin and I have found you on Sara's blog! I am a German living in the United States so I can relate to many of these things.
    I miss staying in a restaurant for more than 2 hours! You are always in a rush in American restaurants! :)
    Have a great weekend!

  5. 90 mph definitely doesn't seem so fast anymore, and I'm finally getting used to kmph, and you're definitely right about the round door knobs!


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