23 Ways Germany Is Different to Australia

It is always an eye-opener looking at one’s life and culture through a different perspective. To celebrate the National day, most Australians relax, or get together with friends or family for a Barbeque, and Pavlova for dessert, or head to the beach. Today is blistering hot, so I am happy to settle for a BBQ and Pavlova. Although the Kiwi readers will hotly dispute the origins of the Pavlova, which dates back to the 20’s when a Russian ballerina toured both countries and this dish was created for her sake.
The friendly banter that exists between New Zealanders and Australians is akin to a form of sibling rivalry!!
Happy Straya Day, People! An interesting comparison of Aussie versus German life here. Comments are closed but I am able to re-blog the post.

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As an Australian living in Germany, I’ve discovered in my time here just how different my adopted homeland is from my native homeland – and not in the ways you might expect.

Here are just 23 of them:

1. The language.  Yes, I know this is pretty obvious, but even when you get your head around the German language, how you say things and even to whom, are still very different.  Never ask someone you don’t know how are they as in Germany this question will offend them whereas in Australia, it is just being polite.

2. Cash is King.  In Germany, don’t try using your credit card to pay for your meal at a restaurant or for your groceries as most times they don’t accept them.  You will need cash or an EC card (debit card).

3. You can pay separately.  Most Australians know the pure…

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Scandinavian culture, literature and traditions are close to my heart, even though I am Australian. I have Scandinavian, Frisian and Prussian/Silesian ancestry and for that reason, I feel a connection with that part of the world. I am an avid Nordic Crime fiction reader, and enjoy photography, writing and a variety of cooking and crafts, and traditional decorative art forms. Politically aware and egalitarian by nature, I have a strong environmental bent.
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4 Responses to 23 Ways Germany Is Different to Australia

  1. Very interesting…i don’t know very much about either country and this was quite informative!

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    • Karen, I just published a post on Australia Day and am preparing another, so if you want to know more about Australia, at least, check back later!! Nice to hear from you again. I hope you have been well! Happy New Year.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this. It is always interesting to read how certain etiquette or everyday things seem so normal to us yet so strange to others and vice versa. And it all comes down to where we live….

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    • Yes monkeys, you are right. Someone else’s perspective helps us to see things in a totally new light and prevents myopic views or tunnel vision. Travel is a great medicine to that.


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