What do you associate with Germany / Germans? (NWR)

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Mine and FI’s families are from there, mine more recently. I still have some family there and want to go visit but haven’t been yet. The only thing I really associate with Germany is heavy beer, BMWs, and Lutheranism. All of which I like/own/am lol maybe that’s why

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’d be lying if I didn’t say the first thing that comes to my mind about Germans/Germany are “Nazis and Hitler.”  I hate that it’s that way, but we learn all about it in school here and it’s kind of our first “introduction” to Germany (or at least in my case.)  I’d love love love to travel to Germany one day, it looks like a beautiful place.  And the Germans that I do know are exceptionally nice, educated people. 🙂

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Probably a lot like the rest of us. Only fluent in German. If pressed I’d guess they may drink more beer than some people and eat more sausagey stuff. But that’s primarly based on my experinces at German resturants.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

@MsquareM:  I am of German descent but have never personally been there. I think of beer, small cars, and the idea that the German language always sounds angry (in a funny way). I definitely do not think it is less advanced than the USA…

Odd, but I also think of blondes lol

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@MsquareM:  “How did you find living day to day? I think in America we take a lot of things for granted- cell phones, internet, tv, fast food, shopping centers, malls, complete kitchens- cause they don’t exist all over the planet. Was it a terrible change in lifestyle between how it is here and how it is there? Or were the differences minor?”

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Whilst I’m totally un-shocked that someone asked this it always makes me laugh.

I was once asked if we had TV in Scotland, by someone totally unaware that it was basically a Scottish invention.

Back to the original question, I’ve been to Germany. Before I went, I generally associated Germans with being completely nuts with great cars… and that didn’t really change. That possibly was aided by meeting some crazy guys with a huge keg of beer on our first night at the DTM at the Nurburgring and a visit to the Porsche museum (where they have a mirrored ceiling for watching the cars go by outside).

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - Backyard Forest

@MsquareM:  

I went to Berlin in 2012 and of the seven countries and eight cities I went to, it was by far my favourite city. 

I loved the culture and feel of the city so much! I loved the Eastside Gallery and graffiti. 

The feel is very artsy, modern, and almost…rebellous 

I’d love to go back one day!

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MsquareM:  I will be honest, I think Germany, I think WWII, Hitler, Nazis – BUT I know that this isn’t actually the case, it’s just the word association.  (Same way Russia = Communist, Soviet Union, Britain = Tea, Queen, Netherlands = Windmills, Clogs, Japan = Atomic Bomb, Pearl Harbour)

If I was thinking of vacationing in Germany I would be thinking beer, I know very little about Germany except that there’s good beer.

I assume that it’s like much of Europe and isn’t exactly like North America, I would expect things to be denser (smaller streets, smaller houses) but I would also assume that I would get cell service and internet access.

I’m from Newfoundland, people used to ask me (quite seriously) if we had pizza, phones, planes and busses, If I lived in an igloo, if we had schools…it’s pretty funny what people think of other cultures sometimes.

ETA – Forgot about great Cars!  Lots of great German cars!!!

 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Beer, brats, and lederhosen

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

tasty beer and sausages…at least, that is what pops into my head first.  German beer is among my favorites.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

beer. and graphic design.

i’ve german in my ancestry, so does FI. so it’s on our list to go there

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’ve been to Hamburg and it was great. It kind of reminded me of Boston, actually, but more European and with an incredibly efficient metro system… and the taxis are all Mercedes 🙂

We have some close family friends who are German. They are kind, generous, funny, and extraordinarily talented people. They do drink a lot of beer though!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Orderliness. Beer. Sauasage. Pretzels. Sauerkraut. Ridgidity. Helpfulness. Structure.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MsquareM: I’ve travelled to Germany 3 times and would rather live there than here. Its far more civilized (things closed on Sundays, no speed limits on the highway, people are kinder), but I’m biased and think any European country is better just because its European. There’s so much history and culture there, its hard to not fall in love with the entire country.

Also, a lot of the best things come from Germany.. dope cars, great beers, and Haribo!!

@playdohpants:  German doesn’t sound nearly as angry as Dutch. Dutch is a rough sounding language.

@missamysmiles:  I totally agree about Berlin! I found the same thing, I was describing it to a friend and said somehow it feels rebellious and its very modern and artsy. I’d go back in a heartbeat!

  

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Europe in general is a lot like the US in mayny ways. They have a/c, cell phones, DVD players and all other technology.

However, they live more simply. You don’t see the huge houses filled to the brim with “stuff” like you do in the US. People spend more time together socializing because sitting at home watching TV all day isn’t normal to them.

They dress up more in Europe. You don’t see people in yoga pants and flip flops at the store. You don’t see basketball shorts and tennis shoes in a restaurant. They don’t go out in clothes that can also be pj’s.

You can hitchhike there and everyone doesn’t freak out and say that you are going to be raped and murdered (yes, I hitchhiked in Germany and no, I didn’t die)

I have only been to Munich and I stayed with a local I found on couchsurfers. Other than that, I lived in Spain for two summer while in college. One summer I studied abroad and the other I had an internship in an office.

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