If I ask you: “What are German people like?”, there is a good chance that a cliché such as: “serious, rigid, lack of humour, only interested in business” will come out, right?
Well, I cannot speak for the whole of Germany, of course, but in the South where I live at least, I have found that people are welcoming, very patient with me while my command of the language improves slowly but – hopefully – surely, eager to help with everything which is different from my home country and happy to take the time to explain. They are also warm, funny and boy do they know how to party!
A good example is last weekend. We decided to attend our local Asparagus Festival – yes, I have also discovered that ANYTHING here is an excuse for celebration: Asparagus, Flammkuchen, Pumpkin, Sauerkraut, 1. May, paper lanterns, you name it they have a party for it! So off we went, with loose plans to meet with some friends – who said rigid? Found friends in the crowd, started sharing drinks together, then went off for dinner when friends of friends joined us.
I thoroughly enjoyed talking to all of them, was such a laugh I promised I was going to do my bit to put these German myths to rest, at which point everybody gave me their email address to be informed about this very important post. So here you are guys, true to my word, I am writing about you!
How did the evening – or the night I should say – end? With more drinks and a concert that I can only describe as “psychedelic” given that the front man ended up singing in a dressing gown…
Now who can honestly still say that the Germans are too serious and show a complete lack of humour?