Sales and Business Marketing
University of Paderborn in Paderborn, Germany
Spring Semester 2016
Clothing and Attire
This one is actually quite interesting for me because it is so noticeable so quickly. The European style is much different than the American. I almost feel out of place wearing something like my nike hoodie or something because most people don’t wear clothing with prominent logos. It also seems like guys don’t really wear sneakers most of the time unless they are exercising. I have seen the occasional guy sporting a pair of Jordan’s but it isn’t very often. It is somewhat amusing to me that seemingly everyone and their dog has a black jacket. When you go to the store they must ask, “Will that be in black or black for you today sir?”. The German style is pretty cool though, I dig it.
One of the biggest differences since I have been here is by far restaurants. Not in the restaurant itself but the service your receive. The waiters and waitresses don’t expect tips because they are paid a full wage. From what I have been told a tip isn’t expected. This shows big time at restaurants because they don’t seem to care at all. After your meal is delivered, there is a good chance you wont be seeing that waiter or waitress for at least an hour. In my experience they also don’t feel a need to present that “happy go lucky demeanor” facade that you have come to know and love in the states. If one is in any sort of a time crunch you should ask for your tab immediately upon the food’s arrival.
An additional bit*, get use to no refills, paying for water, and then paying for the bathroom (50 cents-1 euro) to recycle the food and beverage you just paid them for. Once your navigate around the peculiarities of the world of Deutsch food culture your in for a treat though. I have seen a lot of hole in the wall type restaurant owners who seem to take a lot of pride in what they do. If your palate is curious, and your palate is hungry, try asking the shop keeper for their favorite dish. I have found a lot of things that I would have never known to order otherwise. Scenery, people and food are the best reasons to travel, but the latter might be the best.
Each weekend is packed with possibilities, because of how accessible Europe is. There are 1000 things to do in in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (the state that I am located in). Cologne, Düsseldorf, Dortmund, and essen are located relatively close and I can travel there with my metro pass free of charge.
The University of Paderborn also has a wonderful student ran organization called Eurobiz. Eurobiz organizes low cost trips for exchange students to various points of interest.
I have already been blessed with a super trip to the Netherlands and the Czech Republic! I have and upcoming trip to Denmark as well. Travel is my favorite part of this experience. I chose to study abroad in Germany but I am ultimately going to end up seeing quite a bit of Europe. Another reason to study abroad, it will give you the chance that you have always wanted. The opportunity to see and experience the world around you.