Things I want to take back from Germany with me..

When I first started my stay in Germany to do a tiny “research project” along with several students with same goals, we were given a course on getting started with scientific research. We were systematically taught what it was, how it worked, and how we could, in least chaos, start doing our researches.

Our instructor was a wonderful scientist, a PhD in Computer Sciences (and of that, theoretical!), and the first thing she asked was to think about what we want to take back with us at the end of our 10-month stay. Naturally, I wrote an impressive-trying-to be long piece on how I what to observe the operation of universities: the relationship between teachers and students, administration policy and pedagogic practice, and whatnot.

I also remembered to mention, of course, the memories I would be creating with the exciting people I would be meeting. Later on about that. There is enough I will miss regarding people and the relationships I have nurtured in past months. Here, I present the “real stuff” I will miss like a toddler misses her pacifier when I leave Germany in 3 months..

  1. The oh-so-so-wonderful fluffy, warm, incredibly-good smelling breads that you can buy in bakeries around basically every corner. Operating even on Sundays /when the whole service industry basically shuts down/ the bakeries welcome you with warm aura, large variety, and locals bustling for their favorite types. You will never really learn all the varieties since all bakeries have their own ways of naming and recipes /or so I observed/. But, you can always go back home with a big bag of various “Broetchen”, those small buns stuffed or covered with all types of seeds and decide which one you like best. I like them all. I wonder why Germans are not insanely popular for their pastry already.
  2. Public transport. I wonder if I will ever visit a place with more efficient public transport system. Especially when it comes to small-to-medium sized cities, the public transport makes lives highly convenient and getting around easy. Same goes for regional transport. If you are on business and have money to spare, take the fast trains which are either on time with minute precision or delayed by an hour or so. If you are a broke student like I was, budget bus lines are extensive and
  3. Genuss! Against the popular stereotype of Germans being workaholic, cold, and generally strict, Germans enjoy life plenty. Walking around the town square and narrow streets, you will see many people enjoying afternoon sunshine outside cafes, drinking coffee, and eating super delicious cakes (once again, German pastry is to die-for). Christmas markets will be alight and cheerful, full of Gluehwein, tasty finger food, and unique gifts for your loved ones. Probably the best is amount of grilling Germans do in summers.
  4. The quite, yet loud Sundays. Most services close down while museums and attractions are open, welcoming families and friends to enjoy one day together.
  5. I am sure there are more coming.. Bis dann..
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