Tourism and Travel Major
Bonn University, Spring 2018
Obviously, I have things at home that I miss. My parents, my dogs, my boyfriend, my car, my mom’s cooking. The list goes on. But after TIME weeks in Germany, there are so many things that I have no idea how I will live without once I return home. And the list will definitely get longer as time goes on. But for now, here are the top five things I already can’t imagine not having!
1) Fries with Mayo
You’re probably thinking this sounds disgusting, but that’s because mayo in the United States can’t even begin to compare to mayo here in Germany! American mayo is a bit more on the bitter side, while mayo in Germany tends to be much sweeter and creamier. You haven’t lived until you’ve had fries with mayo.
2) Grocery Shopping
For some reason, everything seems to be cheaper in Germany. Yeah, you have to translate how much something costs from Euros to Dollars, but it’s still cheaper! I can buy a basket full of food for about 32 Euros, but at home that would never happen. You do have to bring your own bag for your groceries, but I think it makes it easier since you don’t have to worry about hoarding away all of the plastics bags you collect from the store.
3) The Food is Healthier
Especially fruit! They use less preservatives in their food, so it’s much healthier to eat. The only downside is food doesn’t last as long. I have to finish most fruits with three days of buying them.
4) The People are Friendly
Not that Americans aren’t friendly, but it’s not the same here. In America, you smile at most of the people you walk past and always ask if someone is having a good day (and their answer will usually be good). In Germany, you don’t smile at the people you walk past. You generally save smiling for when you’re genuinely happy about something, or laughing. People also tend to be honest when you ask them about their day.
5) There’s So Much History
Literally, it’s everywhere. I walk past these beautiful buildings everyday that would be considered national landmarks if they were in the United States, but because they’re in Germany it’s completely normal.