We came here only several months ago from Kansas City and plan on staying for two years. My husband does a training program at a big German company.

What was the most difficult part when you came here? 

I’d say not knowing the language and changing routines. We arrived Thursday and on Sunday we were out of milk for my younger daughter and I did not know that all shops close on Sundays.

Has you life style changed since you came here?

I was an English teacher and I used to wake up at 4.30 a.m., drive my older daughter to a kindergarten and by 6 a.m. I was at work. Now I am glad I have an opportunity to spend more time with my daughters.

What is it that you don’t like in Germany or find different?

First thing I complain about is driving. People are more pushy here, angrier and are just too busy. Some rules are also a little bit confusing for us. The culture is different. You are in a public office and you don’t get a smile. Germans also do one thing at a time and I am more multitasking.

What do you miss most?

My family, stores being open 24 hours a day, services in the restaurants. I will definitely miss snow. I heard here it does not snow that much.

Do you feel that there are more rules in Germany?

I feel that there are more unspoken rules and you learn by messing something up.

Do you think Germany is a multicultural society?

Yes. Everybody I meet is from a different country.


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