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25 Things Visiting Germans Taught Me

  1. They love Lacoste (and Polo) products. Absolutely love it. A Polo shirt in a US outlet is $25. It’s $120 in Germany.
  2. They call their mobile/cell phones handy. They don’t know why, but they think it’s probably because it’s “handy” to have. I asked if I could call my shoes handy as well.
  3. In Germany, there is more shelter space/capacity than there are homeless people.
  4. The largest fireworks competition happens annually in Berlin.
  5. They never heard of Sinn, one of my favorite (German) watch companies.
  6. They never heard of Solebox, one of the top sneaker stores in the world. Clemens actually lives within walking distance and he’s never been there! Shame!
  7. They never heard of “Battle of the Year,” the largest breakdancing competition (also held in Germany).
  8. There is a white sausage dish that (traditionally) must be eaten before noon and you have to drink beer with it.
  9. In Berlin, there are no dress codes for clubs. Jeans and sneakers are welcome.
  10. A very popular drink at bars in Germany is Vodka with bitter lemon schnapps (?). It tastes like Sprite with Vodka, “but better”
  11. They have phones that have GPS’s built in!
  12. They claim that the Mexican food in Germany is quite good.
  13. Fitness in Germany is just average. It isn’t extremely health conscious but not lazy either. So I guess it’s like America
  14. Berlin, the capital, is the largest city and most interesting, but it’s in the middle of nowhere. There is nothing around it except farmlands.
  15. The Black Forest region is famous for cuckoo clocks.
  16. The most famous exported German beer is Beck’s
  17. Shelterbox Australia is doing $1M in business annually. This puts them far ahead of Germany which became an affiliate sooner.
  18. Germans are very excited about the iPhone. The exclusive carrier is T-Mobile.
  19. There are a lot of IKEAs in Germany. Germans love it so much that Germany is the largest market for IKEA.
  20. They have never heard of Uwe Boll. How is this possible?
  21. You cannot own a gun in Germany except if you get a special license as a hunter, or you are in the military or a police officer. If you get an exception, you can only use it on the job and to carry it to and from the hunting grounds. You can’t even stop at the supermarket with your gun in the car.
  22. In Germany, there is no draft. If you decide to join, it’s at least an eight year term.
  23. They like to pop their collars.
  24. Each club and each member in Rotaract has to pay dues to a the head committee. Also, their individual club fees are quite expensive. Something like 160 euros a year.
  25. One of the top home theatre speaker manufacturers is in Germany. (I don’t remember the name).

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