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

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Post # 122
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Well…

  • My ancestors
  • Strictness
  • Tempers
  • Very sexual people

That’s about all I think of it (immediately). It’s right next door to my country right now, but I haven’t been yet. I’ve only been in Belgium for a year. I am going to see Germany this summer.

Post # 123
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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@MsquareM:  Haha yes, bratwurst is what I was referring to.

Post # 124
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@MsquareM:  It was cheapest to fly in/out of Frankfurt and rent the car there. πŸ™‚  Germany is also in the middle of Europe and we were going to Amsterdam and Italy, so…  We didn’t spend a lot of time there, drove through, visited Stuttgart for the Porshe museum, etc, and the Nurburgring.  Went to the F1 race in Spa, which is close, but not very German! 

Post # 127
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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@MsquareM:  Haha that is funny! Growing up with a German family, I am guilty of this too.  I have called certain things by their German name (even though I do not speak German) because that is what I was taught that it was called.  I remember spending the night at a friends house and I asked for something and she was like do what, what in the world are you talking about!?!

Post # 128
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I spent a summer working in Bavaria.

  • Delicious beer. Amazing. Wow.
  • The best Doner Kebabs I have ever had – and I  spent time in Turkey! (although I have read that they were actually invented by the Turkish community in Berlin)
  • Frank acknowledgment of history and a powerful moving on!
  • Amazing food! And chocolate.
  • Punctual people
  • Blunt people but in a refreshing way πŸ™‚
  • A claim that the trains are super punctual that is on occasion true πŸ˜‰
  • Really helpful people.
  • General cultural enoyment of structure.
  • Very high standard of living.

Post # 129
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@MsquareM:  OKTOBERFEST!!!  But that’s me.  I love beer. 

Post # 130
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@lolot:  Yes, there is a lot of truth in that.

Post # 131
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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@MsquareM:  Oooooo, I miss Berliner Weiße Grun so much! I was craving it yesterday! But who am I kidding, if I ever get to go back, that’s the first thing I’m ordering off the plane! πŸ™‚

I was lucky to get to study in Germany for 2 weeks in college (summer 2009). One week in Berlin and one in Munich. It was part of an international journalism and advertising class. We had the funniest time trying to order vodka from a restaurant one night…we kept repeating vodka, V-odka, over and over, then the waiter asked if we meant W-odka pronounced with a W not a V. We felt silly but learned something too! πŸ™‚

I also have ancesters from Germany. My dad’s side of the family still makes homemade noodles and a breakfast cake we call Reival Cugga (Reival Cuggen), at least that’s how we pronounce it. My maiden name was VERY German. I’ve done some research and it looks like my relatives moved from Germany to Russia to the US. We have a small museum in my town called “German’s from Russia Museum” and I spent a good long afternoon there last year digging through names and villages in books and found my ancesters names so that was pretty cool! πŸ™‚

I can’t even list all the fun and amazing things I learned, saw, and experienced while there. I was thrilled to be able to visit the “motherland” and, in a way, walk the same streets my ancesters might have walked. The memories are golden and forever with me. Someday I hope to return and take my DH and/or family with me! πŸ™‚

Post # 132
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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@MsquareM:  In Munich I think I had beer with Fanta and beer with coke and both were surprisingly good to this non-beer drinker.  But the past few trips have just been to Berlin, so I stick with the Weiss.  It’s sad that even at the German restaurants in NYC, I can’t get any.  Is there a certain type of beer that best mixes with sprite?  Perhaps I’ll have to try that sometime.  Is it 50/50?

I have no idea if it’s true, but someone told me that back in the day when neighborhoods in the US were very segregated by immigrant communities, on garbage day it was obvious which were the German neighborhoods because they threw so little out.  My mom reuses napkins.  It’s weird πŸ™‚

And I have some words that I just use, without thought that no one might know what I’m talking about πŸ™‚  Now that I’m in NYC where many people pepper their words with Yiddish, it seems less odd.  I’ve never seen them written, but the words I learned from my mom and don’t try to translate are schlumpich (so much more desciptive than sloppy!), fuzzel, and schnipsel.

This thread makes me want to go back to Germany.  My family is from outside Hamburg, and I haven’t been there since college.  DH has never been to Germany.  While most of my German has fallen out of my brain due to disuse, I can do the basics.  Which is always nice while traveling.

Post # 133
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

@MsquareM:  I have been to Germany and have cousins there. 

 

I think of:

 

Beer

 

Wine (mmm, Rhineland)

 

People sounding angry at each other (sorry, German sounds angry!)

 

Hitler (sorry)

 

Paying 30c to use the public toilets (lol)

 

Burg Eltz

ETA: Oh, and warm beverages, no ice. If you ask for ice, they think you want ice cream. 

Which reminds me, excellent gelato.

Post # 136
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

What do I think of?

Home Sweet Home

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