Well you can never just talk about the good without going into the bad. So here is that list, and be warned, I’m extremely honest.
2. Why, oh why, do they love David Hasselhof so much? They play his music on the radio way too much.
3. When I see other black people, I do the “black people head nod.” This is when a black person sees another black person, and nods their head in acceptance of being black. We have been doing this since the dawn of time. However, in Germany, these black people are mostly African black people, and they can surely tell that I am not African so they just grimace at me, no friendliness at all. To bring the point home, while out one night with the German pants, not only did I meet another black person, he was American, AND did the head nod. In Harlem, we didn’t just head nod, we did fist pounds, guys would call me sis, we were like one big black slightly dangerous family. This is not Germany’s fault, it’s just something I dislike.
4. Why is the water carbonated? I know that I have to pay for water at restaurants here unlike back home where it’s free and happy, but here they like everything carbonated and bubbly. Even juices. I can deal with that, but when I want water, I mean normal water without anything added. It’s just odd.
5. This is gonna sound disgusting but the toilets here a bit…..weird. If you have to go poo, the poo falls on this little shelf thing just hanging out until you flush. I think it’s a poo shelf. It’s just really weird.
6. Old guys seem to like riding bicycles here a lot, and that’s nice but the problem is that they are usually quite old, wearing heavy-duty glasses and riding into me. I have to be constantly aware of these old men so that I don’t die in such a stupid way.
7. It’s really hard to throw away stuff here, and by that I mean complicated. You have to sort everything into plastics, papers, food, and how to contain that food when you throw it away. There are rules to everything and I know this makes this country very awesome on the recycling front, but it’s really difficult to learn coming from a country that just doesn’t do that.
8. Why are German girls so pretty? Damn. I really dislike that! I’ve seen like super model girls walking by, and they even walk gracefully. If they walk into the room, it’s like Madonna’s Vogue comes on, when I walk in, it’s like Mr. Bonjangles, the saddest song ever.
9. They don’t really get in the spirit of celebrating Halloween, which is by far one of the coolest days on the year. And this little city would be perfect for some spooky Halloween festivals.
10. I HATE that it takes almost 2 months to get internet installed into your apartment. That makes absolutely no sense at all. And it makes me really sad because I can hardly communicate with people back home. There aren’t a lot of things here in Germany that can remind an American of home, at least not in Nürnberg. So I just need little reminders that while not everything is in its place yet, I’m not lost to the world out here and out of communication. I need little pieces of home as much as possible while I transition into this new and very cool German life.
So there you have it. I’ll have more fun and interesting stories in a few days!!