As a city girl living in the states, its definitely a change residing in Germany. Hands down, it is an extremely beautiful place! I adore it here. However, I am adjusting to living in a small town versus the city life I am accustomed to. Here are some key adjustments, for me, living in a small town in Germany.
My home is Philadelphia and we, like NYC, are extremely aggressive drivers. We beep everyone from the elderly to the little squirrels running across to get his acorn ( read: pizza crust). There always seems to be bad traffic and traffic jams that stretch for miles ahead.
No, there isn’t any construction work being done. It’s bad and I certainly am not proud.
But I have found that here in Germany most drivers are pretty mild mannered and polite. It’s amazing to me that while driving in towns, if there is a truck puckering along, many drivers will wait for clear roads ahead before passing the truck. I think this is the most awesome thing. In the states, no!! Accidents will be caused because people are in such a hurry to pass; instead of using strict caution in order to be safe.
THE SCENERY(while driving):
I always get distracted by the scenery. No matter how many times I drive down those winding roads, I always find something new that captures my eye.
WANT MCDONALDS? (Welp…you gotta’ think long and hard about making that trip).
I never thought I would say this, but I absolutely like the way this is set up. Where I stay in Germany, the closest McDonalds is about a good 10-15 minute drive away. Whereas, in Philadelphia the closest McDonalds, is only seconds away from me! This has caused me to cook more home based meals. Lookey lookey, here’s a new cookie-I actually enjoy grocery shopping!
The local German market is just down the road…a 2 minute drive. But I haven’t completely forsaken the golden arches. I usually will opt to have a quick lunch if I so happen to be out and about, running errands that day.
Overall, my experience here in Germany has been amazing. The people are welcoming and the food is delicious. But I spend most of my time just day dreaming while taking in the view from our balcony. It’s breath-taking. I love it here and can’t wait for the winter months!