Germany is the country of insurance companies I’ve never heard of this stereotype until I moved to Germany, but when I did move, one of the first things I’ve noticed was this word “Versicherung.” And it would be everywhere – elegantly written across large fancy buildings, to every other commercial on TV with cute puppies and flowers mentioning this word “Versicherung.” I thought it must have been something exciting, mystical and very European, until I found out that it meant insurance.
While their humour is more subtle, and not the sort of drunken debauchery (“Haha Tucker Max is the shit! ), they are definitely funny in their own way, and hearing a German joke is always a delight.There, I made lots of German friends and had the time of my life partying with them almost every night.So when I told people back in Canada that I was planning on moving to Germany, and people would respond with, “those Germans seem like really cold people,” I was genuinely surprised.I find that Germans like to have a sense of purpose before initiating a conversation, so saying something like, “Hey, what’s up? When you do strike up a random conversation with a German though, I always find them to be such friendly people, and it makes you think about the value between quality versus quantity. I’ve been in student residences (rez) on weekends, to find the place empty and completely quiet, when back home, any rez on any given weekend would be packed with people passed out in the hallways. When I lived in rez, I remember that everyone had so much fun and we became such good friends that we only went home for Thanksgiving, Christmas and reading week (Canadian equivalent of spring break).Some people had so much fun in rez, that they didn’t even go to class.