Saturday, March 04, 2006

Life in Germany.....


When people hear the word Germany,they think about Adolf Hitler :) and the nazis and the second world war...The same thing revolved in my mind before I reached here..whether I will be targeted by Nazis...:) To be open,it is a country which is quite different from what the rest of the world thinks about it. Land of culture,Land of cars,Land of Automobile Industry and Land of Science to be precise..

And many people assumes that, these people speak only German and not even a single sentence in English.To give a simple example to contradict this idea,I lead a life here only with English and I hardly speak German.Well there are many places where German is really required (for eg) when we want to have a German girl friend :)

About the public transportation,one of the best in the world...not like US (hope Bush agrees)where one doesnt have to bother walking even less than a kilometre...well connected by metros and buses with underground,overground,aerial,top,bottom etc.

The most important thing which I learned from Germans is TIMING AND PUNCTUALITY.
For eg...when we catch a bus at 11.13...it reaches the railway station at 11.27...and there will be train at 11.28.Here people should use seconds watch and not the fashioned watches which shows only 12 3 6 9 ....then they have to miss the train and buses....:).If the class is scheduled to start at 9..the professor comes at 8.59 and he starts lecturing....They are known for punctuality which I really like it and Iam trying to follow it because I have never been punctual when I was in INDIA :)

The items in the shop are well documented even a person who doesnt have eyes can do shopping :) and the big malls and shops which are breathtaking.Regarding the food,the only thing which these people know is MEAT.It can be from any kind of animal...and I guess pigs in Germany will have a tough time because I guess all the bigs are slaughtered for eating...Pig Pig Pig everywhere PIG....certainly not in the streets :)

About the people...I sometimes guess,is this the place where Hitler was born...(well he was born in Austria :)) I would put Germans as TIMID.And they speak with a language which has a cat sound in almost all words...miow meeaw .....And German is really tough to learn...where they have article for every non living things...Their ancestors might have thought everything in this world has some life...so they consider every non living things as masculine and feminine...

Climate...well not different from other parts of the world and whole europe has almost the same climate I guess and for an Indian and that too from a guy from chennai with temperatures hovering aroung 35-40 all round the year ...it is a nice experience to see the snow...

And important thing about following the traffic rules...simple example...red light glows in the traffic light...lets say car comes and sees the red signal at night 1 o clock...what would you expect the driver to do..simply neglect the red light signal at night 1 o clock..but thats not the case here...the driver stops waits for the signal to move to green and then passes by....:)

Germany is a place where one can have fun but not certainly like in US or any other english speaking nation...but it is not worse as other people in the world think about....

Deutschland is neither heaven nor hell...

Tschuss..:) -------Goodbyee.....

2 comments:

kicha said...

Hmm, Good narration of Germany da.

Germany is always a place I wish to go, sometime in ,my life. might because of its history...

Anonymous said...

Been here for more than 1.5yrs now. You are true about most of the parts. Deutschland is really a dream place to stay in ... if you have some knowledge of Deutsche :P