“You’re such a German now”.
After hearing this for n number of times now, I guess it’s time to write what I have actually adapted that makes my friends and acquaintances think that I am such a German now.
- Preferring beer over other alcoholic drinks…?
- Looking for origin of products and buying what seems to be better for the farmers (for example).
- Enjoying schlager but mostly during festive season.
- Being at least 10–15 minutes early before appointed time, even if it’s informal meeting.
- Complaining profusely when public transport is running late even by couple of minutes (because that’s going to make me late, obviously).
- Preferring fresh bakery products rather than supermarket breads.
- Taking my time to understand people before considering them my real friends (didn’t happen before).
- Knowing and admitting that German is indeed a hard language but at the same time enjoying the beauty of the language (secretly).
- Getting annoyed with some words like ‘Affe!’, ’Idioten!’, if some driver is not really giving way on the left lane and going at a super slow speed on autobahn.
- Enjoying würst(s) of all kinds at any time of the day.
- Discussing politics but being politically correct, making sure no sensitive topics are touched.
- Being straightforward about my opinion, if asked. Rather than beating around the bush.
- Knowing that Sunday is for cleaning and making sure no loud sounds disturb my neighbors.
- Adding every single tiny detail (termin) to my calendar. And also, checking it before making some more appointment. It’s better to check now than cancel later right?
- Getting annoyed if someone doesn’t throw the waste in right boxes.
- Planning and organizing at least 4 weeks in advance, especially if it involves other people too.
- Being so happy and excited to see the sun (which does happen seldom) 🙂
- In general complaining about things if it isn’t right (even a bit).
- Absolutely enjoy the nature during weekends and not leave any opportunity to go wandering if the weather is right!
- Turning into a mini dragon every time I accidentally eat spicy food! (And this is probably not that normal, considering I am an Indian by birth).
- Not really interfering with anyone’s business if I am not really connected with it.
- Enjoying potatoes in every form possible, every chance possible.
- Finally, not saying anything in a conversation until and unless I am absolutely sure about it!
I could go on, but you get the picture.
Some of these things were instilled in me because of my father, who is from an Army background and I grew up with some ethics that HAD to be followed.
Some I picked up from some of my closest friends and family here in Germany.
Last year, I was adopted (unofficially of course) by one of my best friends family 🙂 And ever since, I think getting more Germanized is part of my journey 🙂
So if this is, ‘You are such a German now’, I am proud of it 🙂
Keep smiling! 🙂
P.S. Please share your part of the story and if there are things you can relate to! 🙂