7 Myths about Germany that are not true

Lately, I have been struggling to live in Germany. A lot of the things really annoy me here since I have been back from China, and I am in a constant state of wanderlust. Still, Germany is the country I was born and grew up in, and this past year I got to explore a lot of amazing german cities and most of them were pretty amazing. So I thought I would show some “Heimatliebe” (home country love) and debunk some of the most common myths about my home country.

  1. All Germans are Nazis
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    Source: constantin-film.de

    Of course, there is the NPD (the nationalists party) in Germany that is actually a legal party that can be elected into the Bundestag, and I guess there are many Nazis all around the world (I am looking at you America!), still I would say that this is not true about Germany. We have racist and intolerant people everywhere, the more fascist people demonstrate on the streets, the more people will oppose them in bigger numbers to celebrate culture and international influences. I did experience my share of every day intolerance in Germany about my turkish background, but nowadays, I am trying to get over it as long as I am not being insulted or physically threatened.

  2. The trains are efficient and always on time
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    Many foreigners think that the train system is as good as the car manufacturing in Germany, but I have to disappoint you: The trains are always late, drive rarely, are dirty, always have technical issues, and they are more expensive than taking the frigging plane! I just hate these trains by now! I had been taking them for around 5 years now, almost every day, and they have been annoying me so much! They are actually one of the reasons I wanna leave this country :’D

  3. Germans walk around in leather pants and Dirndl every day
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    The only time germans (and with this, I don’t mean ALL germans. Some of them don’t like these clothes at all) will wear their traditional clothes is at the octoberfest or spring fest, or on occasional festivities.

  4. Germans only drink beer and eat sausage
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    Okay, germans do eat a lot of sausage and beer counts as a full meal in some south german cities. But there are actually a lot of vegetarians and vegans here, and many people (guys included) who would rather drink wine or a fizzy cocktail than beer. Many girls prefer white wine over beer and I have met some guys who’d rather drink a cocktail than a beer, especially during parties in big clubs. Beer is more of a relax/barbeque/football drink.

  5. Germans don’t shave
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    If you go to Berlin, you might find a lot of “hairy” women who pretend to shave just as a rebellious act against sexist social norms set towards women and how society thinks they should look like. Then again, there are a lot of people from different backgrounds living in Berlin, and because of its liberal, queer mindset, Berlin might be one of the most tolerant cities around the world, both towards foreigners and gay/queer/trans people. If I look at a normal german suburban town like the one I am living at, it’s the exact opposite: If I were to walk around with unshaved legs and armpits, people would give me looks. Everyone in Germany is shaved! This myth has been formed in the 80s when feminism was born and the free body culture was gaining popularity, which leads me to the next myth:

  6. Germans only go to FKK beaches (nude beaches)
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    Germans can be very tolerant when it comes to being natural and accepting nudity. There are actually a lot of nude beaches and thermal baths that have textile free days and hours, but there are many young germans who can’t cope with this situation here either. I feel like it’s more the older generation that practices this or new-age hippies. Also in changing rooms of fitness studios, you will see middle aged women walking around naked with a bush while young girls will cover up and try to get dressed with their towel still covering them.

  7. Everyone drives the newest car
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    It is quite true that germans love their cars, man and woman alike. They probably love their cars more than beer and sausage. But not everyone drives a Benz here. And not everyone has the newest model. Especially beginners will start with an older car to lower the costs in case of a small accident. And there are also people who don’t have enough money or don’t wanna spend their money on the newest car every half a decade. As much as germans love their cars, they love their environment a little bit more and will keep their car for years, giving it to their kids when they’re older, instead of buying a new one.

And this was everything that I could debunk about german myths. I am sure there are at least as much more as the ones I mentioned. If you have any in your mind, don’t be shy to ask me in the comments.

I hope you liked this post!

Thanks for reading!

Merveille.

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19.04. – 21.04.2014: Weekend in Büdingen, Hessen.

Last week we went to our family friends to visit the mother because she had a brain operation one week before. We drove on Saturday, at about 2 or 3 pm, and were happy to see her in her normal condition again. The only difference was a patch of shaved hair on her head, but it is only seen if looked closely.

We arrived in the evening. We have also prepared some food and took there with us, so they wouldn’t need to cook anything for us. The first evening was rather eventless. We played with the dogs, and I read some books. The next day was Easter Sunday. We wanted to walk through the city, because it was so sunny. First, we went to eat ice cream. My sister and I ordered an ice-cream cup with fruits, but the cup tasted like vomit :S

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After we finished with eating and drinking, we walked around the town. It is a rather old town with many historic buildings.

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Do you see the squirrel on the picture? It is climbing up very fast :’D While I shot this photo I didn’t realize there was a squirrel on the tree. Only when I edited the photo I realized that there was an animal on the photo :’D What a lucky shot!

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As we walked around, we saw a museum that displays miniature vehicles. So we went in to have a look. It was for free.

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After walking around a little bit, we got tired and thirsty, so we went to the Jerusalemer Tor to drink something in the Biergarten. On the way back we saw this cute Irish Pub.

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My brother ordered a Pils, and Pelin ordered a Cappuccino. Me and my sister ordered a Hessen Hugo. Hugo is a drink that is usually mixed with bubbly, mint leaves, and elderflower syrup. It is a tasty drink which is usually drunk during warmer days. The Hessen Hugo is mixed with cider instead of bubbly. It tastes good as well, although I like the normal one a bit more, because it is a bit more refreshening.

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My brother and me :)

In the evening, we wanted to go to the cinema first, because it was Pelin’s sister’s birthday the next day, but of course, we had this idea just at 10 pm, and we wouldn’t make it to the next screening. So we stayed at home, watched a movie and played games. It was fun, too.

The next day we prepared for the ride back home. The weather was warm and sunny in Hessen, but as soon as we reached Stuttgart it began to rain. When we got home I got ready again to go to my friend’s birthday party. It has been a few weeks since the last time I saw her. She was in Spain during the semester vacations, and before that we had exam stress (Well, I wasn’t too stressed out last semester :’D). But it was nice to catch up.

I realized that there are still a lot of sights to see in Germany :’D In October I am going to Köln for one day with an old friend from my high school days. Why? There is the Harry Potter Exhibition Tour!!! *o* There are displaying requisites from the movies. So, similar to the WB Studio Tours. Maybe those objects are actually from London, and are “touring” Europe :’D I am not so sure yet. I have to get informed a bit more until then, but I am soooo excited!!!! And I also have never been to Köln, so it will be the first time.

What about you? Are there still cities in your home country you still have to visit?

Thanks for reading.

3 Days of Drinking

It isn’t as excessive as it sounds :’D It was just a little bit of drinking every day. Let’s start with the first day:

Thursday, April 10, 2014:

It was the party of my faculty, namely of the american faculty that evening. A few of my friends were even the organizers, but not me. Maybe it was better that way, because I only saw them scarcely on the dance floor. But let’s begin with the early hours of the evening. We met at 9 pm on the bridge with a few korean girls I met at the Meet&Greet I wrote about here. My friend Giuli was also there. Everyone had brought beer for themselves. Then we went down the stairs to the wall under the bridge and sat there, drinking, talking and laughing. It wasn’t that cold, so we stayed about 1 hour there. Slowly, we went to the party. In front of the building, we waited for two of our other friends. One of them, Eleni, was also in Korea last year, and now it was the first time to see her :D It was good to celebrate with all of them again. Soon, we went inside, and I also saw some of my organizer friends, Yasmin and Elena.

At first, we bought something to drink, and then we danced around on the balkan floor. We were quite a big group: 5 koreans, and 5 germans (actually, only my friend Rapha is a real german. Yen is vietnames german, Giuli is italian german, Eleni is greek german, and I am turkish german :’D a representation of the mixed ethnicities present in Germany, I would say). Well, the night started rather funny. Eleni and me already were familiar with the music, since greek and turkish music is similar to balkan music, so we taught the others how to dance. Some of the koreans were actually good in it. Yong and Yeonnie however, always banged with their heads and it looked sooooo hilarious! But it was so cool that they still dared to dance, although they didn’t know exactly how to do it to that kind of music :D Then, another korean girl I met that night, Yejin is her name, and Stella is her english name (some asians tend to give themselves english names), she had quite good dance moves on which reminded me at big city girls’ dance moves :D But they were good indeed. We were forming a big circle, and everyone had to go inside and dance for a while. Of course, everybody was looking at us :’DD But it was so much fun! I think the last time I had so much fun at a party was at the university party of my friend Giuli in January which I wrote about here.

However, the koreans disappeared some time at 11pm. After that, we went to another floor with the ones who were still left. Actually, only Yen, Giuli, Rapha, Eleni and me. Our friend Alex also came and my friends saw another korean girl whom I didn’t know. Then we dance at the mixed music floor. At first they almost only played german rap, but it got better after a time. We also met a student from the Tufts University in Boston. After our friends were all gone, Giuli and me were left with him. He was alone there, and we felt pitiful, so we danced with him. He wasn’t pushy, so we had a fun time. But we thought that he must have been high, because his eyes were half closed, but he still could dance and talk :D Towards the end, we lost him. But we were also tired and sat on a table next to the DJ. He has played awesome music, especially some electronic artists I am listening to but never heard at another party before, like Make the Girl Dance *o* Then, suddenly, we heard it: The tunes of Daft Punk’s harder better faster stronger. Giuli and me immediately looked at each other with big eyes, then at the same time, we jumped to the floor and began dancing :’D It looked like directly from a movie or a Comedy series x’D After that he played around the world, and then more electronic tracks that were quite good. While he was playing around the world, a girl came to ask him for a song I think. Giuli and me looked a bit angry at her now, because the music was so good. That’s why I then went to him and told him that he was playing awesome music tonight. I think he was happy to hear that. And somehow, I know him from a seminar I had with him I guess, because he studies the same as me as I found out from my friend Yasmin.

Another funny thing happened: Two unicorns came by (of course no real ones, but two people who were dressed as one), and they did a magic trick on me :’D IT WAS THE FIRST TIME A MAGIC TRICK WAS DONE ON ME! :’D AWESOME!

Well, in the end, we had to leave the party at about 3 am. I went to the train station with Giuli and Yasmin, but before we went to a kebap house to eat something. Well, I only ate a slice of pizza from Giuli because she couldn’t make it anymore. Yasmin ate a Falafel.

We made it on time for the time, although we would have almost missed it. I arrived home at 5 am, and had to wake up at 10 am in the morning, because I had to work at 2 pm. But I wasn’t tired at all!

Friday, April 11, 2014:

That day, we had great weather. Work was relaxed. I had one new pupil, a turkish boy in 4th grade, and he was so cute! He and the other new girl from last, Zaynab, are very good and cute pupils. It is fun to teach them because they seldom refuse doing what you say, and they also cooperate and tell you what they still have to learn.

In the evening, my friend Giuli had invited us to go drinking something at the bar Mauritius. He invited a few of her friends, also Sami, and the two vietnamese twin Linh and Trang. Another turkish friend of us was also there, Kübra. We drank something, and then ate dessert. Giuli has already eaten a Snitzel at the restaurant. The rest of us was not hungry.

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As a dessert, I had waffles with Nutella, and almost got a sugar shock. Unfortunately I haven’t taken a photo. My sister and me left a bit earlier, because we thought we would be going to Frankfurt to visit our family friends’ mother in the hospital.

Saturday, April 12, 2014:

That day, we actually wanted to go to Frankfurt to the hospital to visit our family friend’s mother, but we thought about what her sister said the night before. She told us that we might not be able to go see her in the room yet, so we would come all for nothing. However, we had already prepared everything and got ready when we then decided not to go. So, my sister and I decided to go somewhere else instead since we have gotten ready to go. The weather was still nice, so we decided to go to Stuttgart to relax at the Sky Beach instead, a rooftop bar which is filled with sand, deckchairs and palms. We found two deckchairs, and then bought some drinks. I had a Hugo (Prosecco, mint, elderberry juice) and my sister had a sky beach Limo (actually the same as Hugo, only without alcohol, but with ginger ale instead of the prosecco).

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Unfortunately, the sun had disappeared as we arrived there, so it was a little bit cool. especially for my feet since I had to go barefoot on the sand.

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Although the sun sometimes peaked through the clouds

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After staying there for about 1 hour, we left and walked around the park a little bit, where also the opera is.

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Duck Family :3 How Cute!!!

We also visited Dunkin Donuts, but this time we only had one Donut each :D

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This Donut is called Heartbeat

So, as you can see, the drinking was not too excessive, not even on Thursday since I only had two beers ;)

But I am already looking forward for summer now!

Thanks for reading.

Working in Augsburg: Thursday, 12.09.2013, Day 4 – The truth about it

That day started with a meager breakfast. We almost had no bread. Only a few slices of dry wholemeal bread and a piece of dark bread which was rotten at the end. Two of the girls cut a thin slice of that half-rotten bread and tried to eat the rest of the bread which was still safe. But they said they had a strange aftertaste. I only ate one slice of the driest wholemeal bread I have ever tasted with a cheese parfait. That was the only breakfast ingredient we had. And cheap bitter nutella. I don’t like eating wholemeal bread with nutella, so chose a cheese parfait. I ate one single slice of bread very hardly. I almost couldn’t swallow. It was the worst breakfast since a long time. After the poorly breakfast, we prepared everything and went outside. It was a rainy day again, but not as bad as on the first day.

The formation was different today. Kim and Manu head to go to another spot now, and Alisa and Vera were together with Patrizia and me at the same spot as the day before. Michael was also together with us and Jenia was returning. At first we stopped at the place our booth should stand. Then Michael went to the train station with Jenia. Meanwhile we built up the booth and went to the city for a short time to buy some things. I went to buy a deodorant, because I forgot mine at home, and was not able to buy one the last few days. I have already taken a shower that morning, but didn’t have a deodorant, unfortunately. After that, I returned to the booth, but the others weren’t there yet. After a few minutes they came, and Alisa and Vera took their folders and went flying. Patrizia and me stayed there and tried to talk to people. The coach was there, too, and was observing us from afar. Michael came, too and talked to Patrizia. Then she went flying, as well, and I was together with Michael there. Two were enough for that place, because it was almost dead. There were almost no people passing by. Sometimes, Michael was also talking to people, but most of the time he was away, talking on the phone or with Tom, the coach.

After a while, I talked to a guy, who at first was sceptical about donating something. But then I argumented a bit, and he said “alright, why not”. I filled everything out, and in that moment, Michael came back. I gave him a picture and thanked him. That was at about 12 or 1 pm. Then I had nothing for hours. The lady on the right street side offered us a coffee and hot chocolate. She had a cute, little chocolatier shop. Michael took a coffee, and I went for a hot chocolate. While I was talking to people, she brought the hot chocolate to our booth. Without wanting any payment. Such a nice woman, I had tears in my eyes TTvTT. It was soooo tasty, I almost thought about buying one during break. At about 5 pm I had a break. I should actually have my break earlier, at about 4.30 pm, but I forgot about it. Patrizia was also at the booth when I left, and she said that it should be okay. Bevore I hurried up to the city, I went to the little chocolatier again, and thanked her for the hot chocolate again. The shop was really cute. She was also selling chocolate bars. At that moment I thought how nice it would be to work in a cute little shop that was warm and smelled like chocolate. But I headed to the city and this time I went to a cafe. I ordered a Quarktasche (a german dough sweet which is filled with quark, something like yoghurt) and a hot chocolate. I ate fast and after a few minutes, Michael called and asked where I am. I told him I was having my break, because I forgot about it earlier. He didn’t fuss much about it afterwards. After my break I went down to the booth again. Alisa was there now. The other two were still in the city and flying. Alisa was a bit disappointed, because she still had zero. While it was getting darker, I had more and more people talking to at the booth. I had a boy with his friend, or girlfriend, I don’t know quite. But the guy was interested, but didn’t have his bank data with him. He gave me his phone number, and even the phone number of the girl. He told me that he would call me if I shouldn’t call him. After one hour or so, I called him and then the girl. Both of them didn’t answer the phone. I forgot about it and continued working. In the meantime, Michael has picked Vera up and went grocery shopping with her, because she was so good that day. She hugged him out of joy. We were at our final spurt now. After the grocery shopping we were probably going to get packed. In the last half hour I even talked to a girl, who was also ready to donate. She was very calm and casual, and I really hope that it wasn’t just for fun. We’ll see after 2 weeks.

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Our booth during twilight :)

 

Soon after that, Michael called me and said we should dismantle the booth. I slowly dismantled it, while Alisa was still talking to someone. But she didn’t get anyone to donate something. After a few minutes Patrizia also came down and helped us dismantle it. Michael and Vera arrived and we put the things into the car. We began driving and Michael and Vera drank a beer in the car. Michael had to go to the bank to get some money. While he was away, we talked about our day in the car. Then, Alisa began lamenting about her zero and told how disappointe she was, and suddenly, she began crying in the car. I was shocked! She was crying, because she didn’t write anyone. Of course, it is frustrating if you have worked for 10 hours and didn’t manage to write anyone down, but maybe it was just a bad day. The other girls tried to cheer her up, said words like “tomorrow is another day” “you will just try it again”, or “evryone has a bad day once”. But she just continued to cry and I really felt sorry for her, and thought that she didn’t deserve it. I like her, she was a nice girl, maybe the nicest one of the group, that’s why I thought to say something significant. I leaned over and told her: “But the most important thing is that you are okay!” After saying this, the girls looked at me in shock and amusement at the same time. Alisa’s tears turned into laughter and the Patrizia and Vera were not sure if they should call it cute or stupid. But we all laughed and Alisa forgot about it. I hope she and the others will think about my words in the future, if they should be down or sad.

Later in the house, we found out that Kim also had a bad day. She only wrote 1 and told that she has also cried. Then Vera and Alisa told her what I have said and Alisa said that it was so cute what I sad :D I was content with myself. But before Kim and Manu even arrived at home, Michael called me upstairs into his room. I thought maybe he wanted to talk to me because of the break mistake. When I was upstairs, he asked me how my day was and so on. I told him that I neither got better, nor worse. Then he asked me how long I was planning to stay. I said that I had actually planned 4 weeks, but that I maybe will not last so long. I admitted, that I would maybe do this week and then decide whether I still want to stay or not. Then he said, that he wouldn’t even wait until the week was over. He saw that I pulled myself together all the time and gave my best. But he also sees, that it would be for nothing if I still stayed. My hard work would pay off, and talk2move would waste money and time with me. Furthermore, he said that I was too nice for this job. I had already thought about it myself, and also told him that I noticed the same thing. I ensured that I didn’t perceive his critique in a negative way. I was actually glad that he also told me that this job was nothing for me. He told me that he was glad to meet me and that I was a very sweet person. He gave me a formular that I had to fill out. I went downstairs and filled it out. And I also took out my bill from the train ticket. He gave me the money. That was probably the reason why he went to the bank. After packing a little, I went to the kitchen where the others were sitting. We cooked noodles, and ate them while we talked and laughed. Kim especially had several laugh attacks out of nowhere. It seemed like she was drunk, but I think she wasn’t. But after a while, she, Vera and Manu got themselves a beer. Alisa, Patrizia nd me refused. I would have drunk, but I was so tired, and scared that I would get sick if I would add some alcohol to my tiredness.

Before it was getting too late, I went to bed. The last time sleeping there for me. I didn’t think that I would miss anything, or anyone. But I really wished, that I would have been better, or that the weather should have been a bit warmer. But I was already looking forward to go home. There, it was at least warm and dry :)