I’ve been living in Germany for over 5 months now, which blows my mind! Time has gone by so fast, but I think that can be attributed to the fact that I arrived when I was 6 months pregnant and I have since given birth. On top of that, it takes time to get settled. In the first months we spent a lot of time buying things for our place here as well as doing a little bit of sightseeing before the baby arrives.
Anyways, I thought I would share a few of the things that I am loving about living in Germany so far. At the end, if you have any questions about life in Germany, please leave a comment! And if you live here and have something you’d like to add, I would love to hear from you as well!
Grocery Stores are Everywhere!
This was my one criteria for where we lived, I really wanted to be able to walk to the grocery store. In fact, the town we live in (it’s not that big) has 7 grocery stores, 5 of which I could easily walk to. Of course, there will always be people living in more rural settings where the grocery store is a bit too far to walk, but for the most part (in the area we live), you can get to where you need to go without having to get in your car.
The Quiet Sundays
The first thing you will probably learn when you get to Germany (but hopefully not the hard way) is that most everything, except for Eis Cafés (Ice Cream Café’s), Restaurants, and Bäckereien (Bakeries), are closed on Sundays. We live in a residential neighbourhood with lots of people, but on Sundays it is noticeably quieter. Catching up on yard work, house cleaning, and laundry is reserved for Saturday. You are actually not even allowed to be making much noise on Sunday! This means people truly get to relax. For us, we usually have a late breakfast with fresh buns from the bakery and in the afternoon we enjoy Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake).
The Deutsche Post
In Germany, packages and letters are delivered right to your door. We have home package delivery as well in Canada, but it’s only reserved for delivery services such as UPS, DHL, etc, but not with Canada Post. I would have to go to my mailbox down the road and if the package is too big for the box, I get a card that tells me to go to the post office. Anytime I would order something online, I still would have to get in my car to pick it up.
When I first arrived in Germany, if I knew that a package was arriving at a certain time, I would make sure I was showered, dressed, and had make up on! Yes, that was kind of ridiculous of me, I know. Nevertheless, I truly appreciate having packages delivered to my door. And if you’re not home, the delivery driver will ask a neighbour to take it for you and you get a card in your mailbox letting you know. This saves so much time and I think it’s a great system. To top it off, if you order something that doesn’t work, its always free to send it back. Correct me if I’m wrong, but it’s rare in Canada to have this, considering how big the country is.
Call me crazy, but my perfect evening would probably consist of a glass of wine, some chocolate, and endless European History documentaries (along with my husband, child, and cat, of course…). Being able to walk out my front door and be surrounded by such deep history is always so inspiring and thought provoking for me. It’s always fun to imagine how people lived in a specific time period and place. Not far from us is the town of Xanten, where you can find Roman Ruins, which have since been restored, as well as St.-Viktor-Dom (St. Victor’s Cathedral) which began being built in 1263!
While there are a lot more things I love about this country (so far), I hope this provided you with a few cultural insights on what life is like in Germany and I look forward to hearing your feedback!
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