Update: I am in Germany now. Moving abroad is not only tiresome, but also time-consuming. In my case, this is especially true, because my husband and I had to buy all the furniture, kitchen tools, cooking gadgets, etc. At the moment, I am getting used to the new atmosphere around me, making some notes about Germany and its citizens. So far I noticed the following differences between Germany and my home country:
- Things are more expensive in Germany. A small plastic Abfalleime can costs here EUR 14. The same trash can in my home country costs around EUR 10 maximum. Obviously, in Germany you have to get more than one of them. Since moving to Germany I have a feeling I am constantly concerned about the trash. LOL I have to answer questions like: ‘To which trash bin does the ballpoint pen belong in?’. I did not have to worry about such things back at home. I really hope that I am contributing more to the better environment now, though.
- You can get things for free from some friendly people in Germany. The other day I saw a wooden box full of apples with the sign Zu Verschenken! Isn’t that nice?:) Sometimes, you can also see people giving away things like kitchen tools, books, and toys.
- Getting a doctor’s appointment is harder in Germany. Some of the pills that I used to take in my home country do not exist in Germany, some of them are prescribed. I thought that getting a prescription in Germany would not be a big deal. However, even getting a doctor’s appointment is a big deal here. First of all, some private clinics do not pick up their phone. They mention on their websites that you might have to call them several times, because they are too busy to answer the phone. Some of the clinics ask you to send them an email of appointment request. They say that they reply quickly. Well, I am still waiting for an answer and their working hours are over now. Tomorrow, maybe? hehe Not to mention the clinic where I was refused to be seen, because they did not accept new patients. At the same time, I have a private insurance!
- There are fewer types of oats in German supermarkets. I love oatmeal and I am disappointed German supermarkets do not have my favorite one. Uhh… New country, new meals.
- Sometimes you have to ask for your till slip at a supermarket. I prefer to read my till slips to see how much money I spend on daily basis. As a rule, cashiers in Germany ask if you want to keep your till slip or not. Nevertheless, some of them do not. I guess, Germans, in general, do not have a habit of reading/saving their till slips. Be ready to ask for one, if you want to keep it.
P.S. More pictures of my German life will come as soon as I figure out some technical details of my new laptop.:) New posts will appear every Tuesday and Thursday.