HERE'S WHAT MAKES GERMANY THE PLACE I NEED TO BE:
- •Beer by the literThis significantly increases the likelihood of sticking to the "I'm only going to have a couple drinks" plan
- •The abundance of opportunities to eat pretzels and strudelA pretzel for lunch followed by apple strudel for dinner? What more could a girl want?
- •The languageSpecifically the directness and lack of unnecessary hand gestures. How cool and smart people sound when they speak it is added bonus. I'm assuming that when (if?) I learn to speak German I will also sound cool and smart.
- •Location location locationGermany is within one quick train ride or terrifying Ryanair flight away from so many cool places that I want to visit all the time but that would be too overwhelming to live in permanently. Unless you are as cool and adventurous as Frances Mayes, which I most definitely am not.
- •I feel like the beer needs to be stressed again hereThe taste, abundance, and general role in the culture are all admirable.
- •Angela MerkelNo explanation needed here. This also includes just general German politics (I'm obviously referring to 21st century German politics here).
- •BiergartensI know I already have the beer on here two times but I'm referring specifically to the communal atmosphere so this doesn't count as a third. I don't even like talking to strangers but I somehow always enjoy wedging myself between them at a long wooden table and chatting over a beer and a strudel.
- •The fact that jaywalking is considered an appalling offenseI have so much respect for how seriously traffic laws are taken in Germany. It reflects a broader commitment to following rules, which makes life much more predictable and less stressful. Plus it also gives one a sense of security while crossing the street.
- •The RadlerHalf beer, half lemonade. Also known as a genius invention for when you need to maintain some level of physical coordination but still want to grab a liter. Especially useful for those with low baseline levels of coordination.