So, I have been in Germany for about 16 days, and whenever I go out, or travel somewhere, I notice several things that I find 'so German'. Here is the short list of what makes Germany, Germany, from my point of view.
|The first one is bicycle!|
Bicycle, bicycle, everywhere. No wonder everyone chooses to use public transportation, bicycle, or walking, because the pedestrian walkway and the bike lane is wide, and comparable to the main street part. They do not only have the traffic lights for pedestrians or cars, but also for the bikers. In addition, the government is really supportive in providing enough bike parking lot, or special bike place in a train for commuting. In some cities, the tourists can also go biking, because they provide bicycle rent (just like Hubway in Boston), without anyone attending it. So, you can just go to a bicycle parking machine, put on some coins, unlock one of the bicycles, stroll around the town using it, and park it back to the other parking machine.
|Windmill is the second one.|
|Still on the same topic of energy: Solar PV is the third one.|
|'Beer is so German', that is why it's the fourth one!|
What is really interesting, though, how people drink responsibly (compared to American college students, at least) in Germany. The drinking age in United States is 21, yet you can easily see drunk people on the street at weekend nights. Is it because United States allowing it in older age, thus, people become more tempted to do it, which makes them less likely to drink responsibly? Who knows.
|Good transportation system deserves to be the fifth one.|
Even the land of freedom, United States, cannot beat their trains, subways, trams, and buses. At least in Boston, the subway station sometimes looks sketchy, dirty, and the trams screech loudly. German subways, trains, and trams, on the other hand, move smoothly, and have minimum level of noise.
|Murals in Germany are really unexpected to me. So, the sixth one.|
|Old buildings, from church to town hall. Seventh!|
Besides that, there is always a street where it is full of old buildings, or a university that has existed for hundreds of years. Always a good photo spot, and makes you feel thrown back to the past.
|Cigarette is the eighth one.|
In Indonesia, smoking is even more common, but in the United States, I can barely see more than one person smoking at any time. Maybe because the States has stricter regulation on cigarettes?
|Best friend for college students: cheap, fulfilling, and delicious. Doner is the last but not the least!|
I don't think I can survive Germany without doner, haha.
So, those are the nine things you notice when you come to Germany. I also went to Groningen, the Netherlands, and Hannover, Germany, in the past two days, and will make sure to write about those soon! Then, what is your version of the first 9 things you notice when you come to Germany?