Das Zusammenleben mit einer Deutschen

Zum heutigen Muttertag etwas anderes, nämlich einem Gastbeitrag von meinem Freund! Vor einiger Zeit schlug er vor, dass er ja mal einen Beitrag für meinen Blog schreiben könnte. Ich dachte, dass war nur ein Witz von ihm. Doch er meinte es ernst und so kam uns gestern die Idee, als eine Art Muttertagsgeschenk schreibt er einen Beitrag.

Sein Deutsch ist meiner Meinung nach ziemlich gut, doch wollte er lieber auf Englisch schreiben. 🙂
Ich bin gespannt ob euch seine Beobachtungen bekannt oder als total neu vorkommen! Es ist immer noch interessant für mich, dass banale Dinge wie Hausschuhe oder süßes Frühstück für jemanden aus einem anderen Land als etwas besonderes erscheinen.

Hello, readers!
As part of her first Mother’s Day gift, I’m giving my girlfriend a break from her blog and helping her out with this guest post. She’s allowed to take it easy today while I do all the work, and obviously that includes providing some kick-ass content for her blog.

We discussed a possible topic for my guest post together and decided that I should write a list of things that I find funny about living with a German woman – all the funny, strange German habits that I’ve noticed about her during the six years of our journey together. I have to point out that some of the habits listed here may not be typical to Germans, but maybe only just to the few Germans I know (basically my girlfriend, her family and some of her friends).

Anyway, here’s my list of funny German habits from the perspective of a Finn.

Germans wear special indoor shoes in their homes

One of the first funny things I noticed about my girlfriend was the fact that she wears shoes at home. Not just any shoes, but special shoes designed especially to be worn at home, the “Hausschuhe”. How funny! The concept is known in Finland too, but apart from the popular Reino shoes not many Finns wear such shoes.

At first I thought it’s just my funny girlfriend, but after visiting Germany for the first few times, I noticed that it’s not just her. Everyone in Germany is wearing Hausschuhe! People even keep a few pairs just for their guests… I sometimes wear them just out of politeness when visiting my girlfriend’s parents.
I suppose they are supposed to make your feet feel more comfortable and/or warm, but to me, they seem completely unnecessary. I’m perfectly happy walking around with just socks. But I have also noticed that the floors in German homes are very cold compared to the floors in Finland, so maybe the Hausschuhe are necessary on the cold German floors.

Germans eat their bread with marmalade

Next on my list is the fact that Germans often put marmalade or jam on a bread. The idea of a sweet bread like this sounds absolutely terrible to me! In Finland, having anything else than margarine, butter, cheese, meat or some carefully chosen vegetables (lettuce, cucumber, tomato, paprika – or pickle if you feel wild) on your bread is usually considered abnormal.

The habit is not common only in Germany but also in many other countries like England and France. Some people in Finland do it too. But I personally think that bread toppings should be more on the salty side and not sweet. Can you imagine eating a sausage with marmalade? No? To me “Marmeladenbrot” sounds just as bad!

Germans have a different cream/lotion for every need and many of them believe in homeopathy

I’m not even lying when I say that I think my girlfriend has about 50 different creams and body lotions stored around our apartment. It’s probably not a German habit, but just a habit of some women (and probably men too). She keeps them around the house in different places that seem random to me, but somehow magically she knows exactly which lotion is for which purpose and where to find a particular one of them at any time. I have no idea what they are for, but I think they must include something like this:

  • a sun lotion for the Finnish winter
  • a lotion that makes your eye balls smell like vanilla
  • a cream that makes the skin of your left ear softer on Tuesdays, maybe

Another thing I’ve noticed is that many Germans believe in homeopathy and frequently resort to homeopathic treatments. I believe in magic (seriously!), but homeopathy is too much for me. If you’re not into homeopathy, don’t mention any of your illnesses, symptoms or problems to a German, or you will be instantly recommended several homeopathic treatments.

Germans pillows are extremely uncomfortable

Here’s probably the most negative thing on my list: the German pillows are very, very uncomfortable. They are usually very wide and shaped like a big square. Nothing wrong with that, but they are also ridiculously thin! Sleeping on one of them is like putting a sheet of paper under your head: it doesn’t give your head any support or give you a soft feeling, but only annoys you.

While visiting Germany, I have been forced to sleep on beds with those awful German pillows and I’m telling you it’s difficult! In order to find a good position you have to fold the pillow at least two times, but then the pillow loses its form and becomes just this crazy random pile. When visiting Germany, B.Y.O.P. (bring your own pillow)!

Anniversaries, holidays and other special days mean the world to Germans – and they love to send post cards

Be it birthday, name day, Valentine’s Day or one of those strange German holidays like Nikolaustag, the German’s never forget to take the chance for buying and receiving some small gifts and sending cards to friends and relatives. From my experience I would say that days like this are much more celebrated in Germany than in Finland.
And they’re even taken quite seriously. Forgetting to hand a small gift to your girlfriend in the morning of the Nikolaustag is completely unacceptable in Germany. (Or maybe it’s just my girlfriend.) And those post cards – the Germans are huge fans of “snail mail”!

German women know about football and beer!

I’m ending my post with a thing that I find very positive: many German girls follow football and drink beer! Finland unfortunately is an ice hockey country, which to a football man like me is very depressing. Finnish women usually only support the men’s ice hockey national team. But the Germans I know are usually quite informed on football and many of them even support a club from their home town. It’s possible to see a group of girls attending a football match in Germany. In Finland, not so much.

German women also seem to like beer more than their Finnish sisters. Over here it’s usually cider or long drink (or wine, if you’re a certain type of person) that women drink. Beer is more for the men, and it’s considered a very masculine drink in Finland. The Finnish beer culture is very bad. There are some good small-time breweries but usually everyone drinks one of the few boring lager beers from the big companies. In this sense I’m very jealous of Germany, where almost every little town has its own local beer! Or five.