With hundreds of thousands of travellers making their way to Germany this June and July for the World Cup soccer championship, SPIEGEL ONLINE is putting together a Germany Survival Bible -- a cheat sheet for understanding those quirky Germans and their odd ways, the good, the bad and the ugly.
More than 7 million foreigners live in Germany, and we're asking you to help us write the guide.
If you're an expat or someone who has spent time in Germany, we want your help. Why do pedestrians wait for the light to change at 3:00 a.m.? Why are the shops closed on Sunday? Is German beer a stereotype or a reality? Why do toilets have shelves? Why do we have to bag our own groceries at the supermarket -- assuming we get to the checkout in the first place? And why are there so many dogs on German streets and naked people on German beaches? Are Germans rude? Why are there so many sex shops?
Please send your accounts of German quirks to SPIEGEL ONLINE. We'll post the best of them and try to answer your questions if there's a specific German cultural peculiarity you'd like to know more about. We will be posting your accounts, our own and those of well-known current and former residents of Berlin throughout the spring.
Your entry can be as long as you want it, but please keep in mind the following:
The following are my favorite German words that I acquired over the years. schongeist: someone who doesnt take things seriously, already a ghost, slaphappy vogelfrei: someone who no law protects, the birds are free to peck. [...] more...
One of the more remarkable things I remember when I was a squatter in Berlin, is free vets. I used to have pet rats, and once I wanted one of them castrated. I vet did this for free. Find a free vet in the USA! I have kept rats as [...] more...
What is it like teaching English in Germany? I have a TEFL certificate and teach English to African refugees inside the USA, so have some experience. Is there a demand for English teachers, maybe in the former East Germany where [...] more...
Germany has many good points that I admire, such as it's general oppression of religion and cults such as Scientology, which I abhor. The Catholic tax that they put on registered Catholics is something I admire from afar. We have [...] more...
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