Juan Carlos Pastor
German Business and Culture, Germany
Summer I short-term, faculty-led course
During my time in Germany, I found out that Germans dress a tad bit differently than us Americans. When they go out in public, they try to dress up nice and casual. Unlike us, the men over there don’t wear athletic or basketball shorts out and a t-shirt. They wear casual pants and a nice shirt to go out in public. On the other hand, the women over there wear a nice blouse, or a nice shirt and some casual pants or jeans. They don’t wear yoga pants or leggings over there like women over here do.
The restaurant experience in Germany is a lot like over here in the U.S. The waiters sit you down and ask for something to drink then come back later to ask for food you would like. The only difference is that waiters and waitresses don’t come around to the table as often as they would here simply because they don’t get paid by tips over there. All of them are paid hourly which means they don’t really care if you get the best service there so they don’t come check up on you as much as here.
I really didn’t learn any slang while I was out there in Germany. I barely learned some words out there such as thank you, left, right, have a good day/night, bye, etc. Didn’t really learn anything else, but if I would’ve been there a little longer I much would have learned some more.
Whenever we had down time, most of the group went out together to explore more of the city during the day and then during the night some of us would go out to a dance club and have a blast! But usually our down time would be limited since we all had to wake up early the next day.
During my whole time there in Germany I’ve always felt safe. I was always with at least one other person from our group which made it easier and safer for us to explore around.