This week I decided to spend some time telling my readers the cultural differences that I have noticed between Mannheim, Germany and San Diego, California. If you are a fellow traveler feel free to comment below and I shall add it (crediting you).
- Nothing is open on Sunday but professors and faculty will respond to your email
- Mondays are when the lines are out of the door everywhere you go. Even when you show up forty-five minutes early to a store (on accident) there is a long line.
- No matter what time or day it is, you will always see a person walking on the street with a beer
- Europeans take a very long time to eat (not sure how the restaurant makes money if a group of people are at one table the entire night!)
- Tax is included in the price of items rather then at the end
- Audis and bmws seem as though they make up for at least half the car population
- Almost every street is a one-way. I’m sure people look at me strangely when I look both ways, 3 times, on a one-way street because I am so use to it! (And also because I am almost got ran over a few times)
- A “semester ticket” costs around 140 euro and you can travel the Regional Rail around Mannheim (~50 km)
- Mail is done by foot in Mannheim and from watching them do their job, it takes some skill to do what they do in such a quick manner
- In Mannheim (pretty sure all of Europe) people don’t care about low-fat or non-fat foods. This is probably due to the fact that they walk everywhere!
- When something starts at 18:00 it will begin at 18:00 so don’t be late! (German Culture)
- Everyone is very laid back, which is good in some ways but in not in others. When asking a question to someone they tend to give short, non-descriptive answers (so if you ever ask a question be sure to ask many!)
- Bags cost (so bring your Ikea bag everywhere!)
- First floor means 2nd floor (they call the first floor in Europe ground floor)
This may not seem like a lot of differences but when you’re on your own in a foreign country, they sometimes overwhelm you with frustration! But as everyone tells you, it get’s easier and easier each week. Until next time…