When in Germany do as the Germans do

Steinberger See, Germany. By Packing my Suitcase.

When living in another country, I can’t help but observe the local culture and people’s habits. Since I married a German and moved to Germany in 2012, that’s exactly what I have been doing. Only, I haven’t only observed, I have been making a list of local habits even before having the idea of writing Packing my Suitcase.

The list is long, but I have selected the most interesting ones for me and possibly for you too. Some habits already became so normal to me that it was hard to see them again simply as German habits, they are now also part of my life. While on the other hand, others are still a bit weird for me.

All the items are based on my experience of being married to a German, of having German friends and of working in the country. I have showed this list to W and to some of my German friends, and I must say that they have agreed with every single on of the items, and laughed about it. The most interesting thing is that some of them said: “OMG, its true! I never thought about that!”. Enough with the bla bla bla, here is the list:

Potatoes & Cucumbers

The relationship between Germans and potatoes come from many years ago, back to 1589 when they were first introduced by the botanist doctor Carolus Clusius. However, potatoes were only accepted as food in the 17th century, eaten mainly by the poor and farmers. It was only after the famines of 1719 and 1743 that potatoes became an essential part of the German diet.

And man aren’t potatoes adored by the Germans! Probably every German dish you order will come with potatoes… fried, cooked, baked, grilled, whatever you like. It’s like rice for the Asians and South Americans. If a German would spend too long without eating potatoes of any kind, they will start complaining. I don’t blame them, I love potatoes too.

Now, cucumber is something that you find very often on the food in Germany. Of course, not all Germans like them, W for example hates it – so do I for that matter. Cucumbers are not only found in sandwiches, or hamburger from Mc Donalds or Burger King, they are also on Chinese, Thai and Italian food, on sushi, soups and even in cocktails!

Unfortunately I cannot explain why there is cucumber simply everywhere. If you like them, good for you; if you don’t, be aware not to bite one by accident!

Munich, Germany. By Packing my Suitcase.

Table manners

If there is one thing you must know about table manners in Germany, is that you should always wait for everyone to start eating. Unless their food is taking too long to arrive and they say its ok if you want to start. Otherwise just don’t, that is very impolite.

Sauna

I don’t know how is it like to go to a sauna in other countries, as I don’t often go to saunas. However, if you are thinking about going to a sauna in Germany you might want to know how things work when you are there. It is common for both women and men to be naked in front of each other. Yes.

There are saunas only for men, only for women and for both; it works the same with all. So don’t be scared if you see all women/men naked in front of each other, that is how it works here. No one will look to your body parts, but they will probably look at you if you are wearing a towel.

Meetings

If you set up to meet a friend in one week from now, it is settled, the meeting will happen even if both you don’t talk about it until there. I like that! Promise is a promise, unless one of you isn’t able to go and let the other know in advance. At the beginning I thought I had to be always reminding my friends: “are we still on for Saturday?”, but with time I learned how it works. Just make sure not to forget the date!

Berlin, Germany. By Packing my Suitcase.

Schnaps

Schnaps are basically shots, in German. After dinner or at the end of the night at a bar or restaurant, before everyone leaves, someone will say: Schnaps? I don’t know why – and neither do they – there must always be a Schnaps at the end. It doesn’t matter if you have been drinking wine the whole night, you need to drink one, for the sake of making some Germans happy!

A little help!

I am always impressed with the German solidarity among friends when someone is moving. I come from a country where you have to pay a lot for a company to move your stuff to your new home; and sometimes some of your stuff will never get there, or others will be broken. No one helps you to move.

However, here in Germany when someone is moving they let everyone know and ask for help with the move. And everyone helps, for fun or for consideration for this friend… everyone soon or later will also need some help with moving, so why not just help each other? At the end, no payment needed, just a few beers, Brezen, pizza or sausages and fun with your friends.

Dinner over

If you invite someone to have dinner at your place, they will most probably bring a bottle of wine along. It’s a way to say thank you for the dinner and to appreciate the invitation. Oh I love that!

Munich, Germany. By Packing my Suitcase.

Let’s build/fix something

I don’t know what is it with the Germans – mostly the men – when it comes to building or fixing. They simply love fixing a domestic problem with a sink, a window, a door or a shower in need of repair. They also love building furniture, especially from IKEA, with football on TV, a beer and tools in their hands… here they go having some fun.

Schorle

Looking at any restaurant or bar menu you will see this word very often. Schorle is nothing less than a juice (sometimes also wine) mixed with sparkling water, and the Germans love that, especially the women. It is probably the most popular drink around after beer. The most common one is Apfel Schorle, with apple juice, though there are several other options with rhubarb, passion fruit, lychee and so on.

Munich, Germany. By Packing my Suitcase.

Look into the eyes

Germans are famous for the beer, for drinking a lot… but if you ever do drink with a German, please remember to look them in the eyes when making a toast. It is respectful; it means they can trust you. And don’t forget to go along and say Zum Wohl or Prost.

Steinberger See, Germany. By Packing my Suitcase.

I bet you expected to read something about drinking beer and punctuality, but there is much more about the Germans than we think!

 

*** The items of this list were of course based on my view as a Brazilian living in Germany. It might be that in your country or in the country where you are currently living, some of these habits are similar.

About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

  • We’re crazy about potatoes too, I think it’s the go-to vegetable here, haha. And of course, the men always want to fix everything themselves. Lovely pictures Allane, you’re making me really want to go to Germany! (I’ll see if I can squeeze in a short trip to either Berlin or Munich next year πŸ˜‰ ).

    • hahaha really? Thats cool, so you have some similar habits πŸ˜€ I find it interesting, in Brazil things are completely different hahaha.
      Thank you! I hope you can come to Munich next year, I’d love to show you around πŸ˜€

  • Such a well written and witty post πŸ™‚ I can tell you love Germans and Germany πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much for the lovely comment Shikha! Yes, I learned to love them and the country, but not the language though hahaha πŸ˜€

  • I love potatoes, so I fit right in with the Germans πŸ˜€

    Nobody I know brings anything along to dinner unless you specifically ask them to. I made Christmas dinner for 7 on Saturday (2 being my boyfriend and I), and only 2 people asked whether they could bring something – and one of them is Scottish! Another friend brough dessert but only after I specifically asked, usually everybody turns up empty handed. For a party people will usually bring just enough beer for them to drink by themselves.

    • hahaha potatoes are simply amazing πŸ˜€

      Ohh really? πŸ™ Well, somehow Im not surprised, in Brazil its even worse: no one brings you anything, and if you ask for something, it kind of means you want to save money… Brazilians see this as an impolite thing to do, can you believe that? πŸ™

      Here in Germany if they don’t bring anything they will for sure offer or ask if they need to… in a party, they bring what they will want to drink, unless the host says its ok, that there is enough for everyone. Pretty cool huh? I think its fair.

      • It is nice that people bring things, but I find it weird that if I’m invited to a barbecue, for example, I can eat the meat I brought but my host will only provide me with salad and maybe baguette. If I had a barbecue it would be nice if people brought some of their own stuff but I would at least buy loads of cheap sausages so if people didn’t have time to go to the supermarket or brought a bottle of wine instead they can still have a sausage and not be forced to eat only salad/bread!

        • hahahaha interesting. So far, all the barbecue I went here in Germany I didnt have to bring meat, the hosts always made enough for everyone… normally its the opposite, I bring the bread or something as a side dish πŸ˜€
          Maybe one region is different than the other πŸ˜€
          But I totally agree with you, it doesn’t make sense!

  • Great post! What an eye-opener! Thank-you for all the great tips when in the company of Germans.

    • hahaha thank you Helene! Glad I could add something new, when with Germans, you already know a few things to do πŸ˜‰

  • Bia

    Hey! I’m Brazilian too and I loveeeee your blog! It’s amazing!!! Your Instagram pics are also spectacular!
    Idk if it’s due to the fact I’m Brazilian too but I agree with you about all this “weird german habits ” you mentioned above; and yes: there’s so much more than beer to be said !!

    • hahaha oiiii Bia!! Nossa obrigada pelo comentΓ‘rio, fico muito feliz que vocΓͺ me siga tambΓ©m no Instagram e que tenha gostado do meu texto e do blogue πŸ˜€
      Que legal, vocΓͺ tambΓ©m mora aqui na Alemanha? Que cidade? Espero que volte sempre por aqui, adoro receber comentΓ‘rios, especialmente de Brasileiros πŸ˜€
      Um beijΓ£o pra vc,
      Allane

  • traveolani

    Very interesting! I found two similarities with Bulgarians – we also look each other in the eyes when you say cheers and raise the glass, and also we always wait for everyone’s food to arrive before we start eating πŸ™‚

    • That is interesting to know! I had no idea… its amazing to see that each place has its habits, I love to learn how some things work in other countries. I think its important when you travel often or live in foreign country πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for sharing these similarities!!

  • The co-ed naked sauna is a big surprise to me! I thought my co-ed Turkish bath experience very unique but I guess not.
    Here in Canada the taking of a bottle of wine when invited for dinner is very common.

    • Its different isn’t it? When my husband told me how it works I couldn’t help but be shocked! He just laughed at my reaction… I still haven’t gone to a sauna here in Germany.

      I do remember this about Canada, my homestay family used to have people over and they would always bring something…. now that you mentioned, I remembered. Oh I miss your country… I would love to live there again on day!

      • We are very fortunate here in Canada. The winter can be a bit long but we have so many freedoms and privileges that it is hard to complain.

  • Men and women naked in the same sauna :O No, thanks! Thanks for the tips

    • hahahaahaha I know right??? NO, THANKS πŸ˜€
      thank you for stopping by SJ!!

  • Very interesting! I love potatoes too, so I’m sorted – and shots πŸ™‚ And it’s good news to hear about the moving help as I’m sure I’ll be moving several times in the future! I knew about the looking in the eye thing – otherwise it’s seven years’ bad sex πŸ˜‰

    • Yess, now you know, so when you are moving… dont hesitate to let people know πŸ˜‰
      Exactly… 7 years of bad sex hahaha πŸ˜€

      • I stare weirdly at people when I cheers just to ensure that won’t happen πŸ˜‰

  • Very interesting, especially the cucumber part ! (it is also a bit scary I must admit ;-))

  • Looks as if the English and Germans have a lot in common!
    Enjoying reading your posts.

    • hahaha really? Good to know that πŸ˜€
      Thank you, I am happy you like my posts!! Have a nice day!

  • Very interesting, Allane. Now I know a bit more of the culture. Cucumber everywhere, even in the McDonald burgers? I love cucumber but too much of everything is not good for you! I like cucumbers a lot but I think if I stay in Germany I will get sick of cucumbers! πŸ˜€

    That is great Germans like to drink drinks other than beer. Sure there will be something I can drink. I love lychee juices, always had that with ice when I was a kid πŸ˜€

    • hahaha don’t worry, I hate cucumbers and I manage to eat without them πŸ˜‰ when you visit I will make sure you dont eat them haha

      Yes, Germans drink lots of other things πŸ™‚ Lychee juice is actually common around here, especially at the Asian restaurants, which I love πŸ™‚
      As you I also love lychee juice, I used to eat the fruit a lot, but the juice I first tried it here in Germany!

      • No, no. I love cucumbers. I just don’t like them in huge portions – they take the taste away from everything then! πŸ˜€ So when I visit I will probably pull out all the cucumbers first and eat it, followed by the rest of the dish!

        I like the lychee fruit a lot too. So sweet and very refreshing in the summer. Unfortunately it’s expensive here in Melbourne. Maybe Germany has cheaper, and I will be happy over there πŸ˜€

        • Ahhhhh ok, then you will be fine here πŸ˜€

          Lychee in Brazil is also very expensive! I’ve seen it here in Germany before (not so often) but I dont remember how much it costs… next time I will pay attention πŸ˜€

          • Yes, I am sure I will love Germany very much. Good food and drink there. And of course, the lovely Allane will be waiting for me πŸ˜€

            Would love to hear more about Brazil someday!

          • Awwwwn you are so sweet!!! πŸ˜€

            You will!! Next year there will be a lot about Brazil too πŸ˜€

  • Sha

    I didn’t realise the table manners are so ingrained. Here, it depends on your friends but I usually just go ahead and eat without asking because I don’t like to wait when the food is in front of me. And also because the food would get cold while waiting, I like to eat it when it’s served. But it does surprise me that Germany has co-ed saunas. Have you or your husband tried it? I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised considering it’s Europe…haha…

    • In Brazil we also don’t wait for the others, we just start eating, same reasons you just mentioned πŸ˜€ but now I am so used to this habit that I do it automatically already πŸ™‚

      I have never been to a sauna here in Germany… my hubby yes, its very common, and he loves it hahahaha

      • Sha

        Hahaha, like I said..it’s probably an european thing. I also didn’t feel that comfortable in a sauna in korea by myself but I would never have thought to do it when it’s a mixed sauna. ..maybe you will give it a try one day…

        • hahahahaha I feel already uncomfortable only with the women, can you imagine on a mixed sauna? hahahaha I dont think so!!! I am waaaay to shy and private hahahaha

          • Sha

            Lol! Not even for the sake of a good story for the blog? Hahaha

          • hahaahahaha ohhhh Sha you are so funny!! Now you put me in a veeery difficult position, just kidding hahaha
            I promise I will try next year πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  • Sauna and potatoes sound very Finnish too! I just had this discussion with someone recently about potatoes that are like The Holy National Finnish Dish whereas in France (at least in Paris and among the “higher class”) potatoes are not very let’s say “elegant”.

    But I wonder, how about in Brazil, if you invite someone for dinner, they don’t bring anything? In Paris ppl always bring wine and if the person doesn’t, he/she is considered rude… doesn’t get a second invitation to my home πŸ˜‰

    • hahahaa thats interesting, I certainly didn’t know potatoes were so appreciated in Finland, thats awesome!! In Brazil probably the only potato you will eat in a restaurant are french fries… apart from that only in soup… but at home is more common. I love it.

      Noooo, I find this so bad in Brazil, when you invite someone for dinner at your place never expect to get anything. And if you ask its rude! Can you believe that?

      Great that in France is the same as here, I figured it was, the land of great wine and champagne πŸ˜€ dont worry, when I come I will bring some wine πŸ˜€

      • Really, I would think that in that Latin American “hospitality culture” ppl would bring wine PLUS food!

        If you bring wine in Finland, the hosts may keep it to themselves (alcohol is really expensive there so ppl have a funny attitude toward it..) In France it would be quite rude.

        Haha, I would bring wine to you too πŸ™‚

        • Yes, at least in Brazil its like that, I can’t of the other countries. But thats not how it works in Brazil, sadly.

          Here in Germany is a little but like Finland, when someone brings a wine, the hosts get to keep it… but when its a special wine, or something, they open it and everyone drink together πŸ˜€

          • Hey, hope you are doing well!

            I am not sure that a special wine would guarantee opening it in Finland –I’d say the opposite ,-) But I will observe πŸ™‚

            Greetings from Miami! Wind is very strong (lots of jellyfish and haven’t even been able to swim in the ocean yet!!) so don’t know about the Bahamas… We will see!

          • haha ok, dont worry about it πŸ˜€

            Ohhhh my, hi!! All is well around here… I hope everything is all right with you too!!
            Ohh no jellyfish? πŸ™
            Im sure in the Bahamas must be better!
            But I hope you enjoy your trip anyways and that the jellyfish go away!!

          • Yep there were lots and lots of really big jellyfish plus man-o-wars (the blue ones, you know?) near the shores and many dead on the shores that were brought in by the wind so it was a bit of a pity…. So we didn’t go to the Bahamas either bc we figured out that we would not been able to swim there either… πŸ™

            Apart from the jellyfish and rather fresh weather it was lovely!

          • Ohh my πŸ™ I didnt know there were soooo many jellyfish like this! Is it the same in the Bahamas? I had no idea! Probably is the season right?

            I am happy to know that apart from that you had a lovely time πŸ˜€

          • Yes apparently the season πŸ™ Since the Bahamas is so close by we figured out it would be just the same. Last time we were in Miami 2 yrs ago it was in June and the sea was fantastic and very calm. We saw a shark (in Miami South Beach!!) but no jellyfish πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

            Ps Can I send you a private msg somewhere?

          • Awnnn to bad πŸ™ Im sorry! Its good to know anyways, so I avoid this time in case Im planning to go diving or snorkeling around.
            Sure, you can add me on my private FB account Allane Milliane or you can send me an e-mail to packingmysuitcase.blog@gmail.com πŸ˜€ Im curious!

          • Yeah it is tough this period… We often go away around Xmas OR Jan/Feb, and we have had bad (=cold and stormy) weather in India and Cuba too… But if you want to go somewhere warm from Europe and not super far, it is difficult in winter! FL was really nice but I was saying to myself many times that I would not go back in Dec. My husband thinks why not…. However, now that I am back, I am like “what was I complaining about?” πŸ˜‰ Paris is SO DEPRESSING, I refuse to leave the house. It rains and is grey. I wish we had at least snow πŸ™‚ PS Will email you now.

          • Yess I know πŸ™ our initial plan was to go to Sharm El Sheik in Egypt for NYE, for diving πŸ™‚ but the flight tickets got really expensive (what a surprise!) and we decided to stay in Europe. As I refused to stay at home on my favorite day of the year, we decided to go to Tuscany, where we had planned to go in September. Seemed like the perfect place for the 3 of us πŸ˜€
            Munich is also veeery grey, rains all the time and there is no snow πŸ™ reaaaally depressing if it wasnt for the Christmas Markets πŸ˜€
            Ps.: thank you for your email <3

          • Travel industry really takes advantage of the holidays and the fact that families can only travel during x dates. As a couple or a single, one is better off traveling outside school holidays! Or travel independently and leave well ahead of Xmas…

            What is the plan for Tuscany: eat, drink and have nice walks? Please enjoy it for me too πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

          • Its unbelievable right? Oh well, you are right! We always try to travel when there are no school holidays, but at this season, everyone has holidays, which makes it hard πŸ™ but I am already happy with our choice, even though being on the beach would be way better πŸ˜€

            That is exactly the plan! Don’t worry, I will enjoy for you πŸ˜€ <3

          • Sounds amazing, I am sure it will be wonderful too!! πŸ™‚

          • Thank you dear πŸ˜€ enjoy your time with your family! I wish mine was here too!

          • You will be with your husband’s family on the 24th and or the 25th? Is the 26th a day off in Germany?
            At least you will see your family soon! And some sun too πŸ™‚

          • On the 24th yes πŸ˜€ and I will have 2 Brazilian friends around until the 26th.
            Yes the 26th is also a day off here in Germany πŸ˜€ but we are all on holidays anyways, so it doesnt make a whole lot of different.
            Ohh I can’t wait to see my family and friends… and sun!!!! πŸ˜€

          • Wonderful! Is your Xmas meal a mixture of German and Brazilian food?

          • hahaha probably! We had goose and rice, wine and as dessert we had brownie πŸ˜€ it was delicious!! How about you?
            I hope you had a wonderful time with your family!

          • Soooo sooorry again for taking such a long time to respond. I do not get a lot of things done these days….. πŸ™ But I hope your year has started fantastically!!!! All the very best to both of you!!

            We had a mixed fish plate on Dec 24 and then oysters, foie gras, goose with pumpkin, cheese and desert on Dec 25. And then as my other bro arrived on Dec 26, we repeated this again that day πŸ™‚

            Did you go to Tuscany?

          • Nooo problem, dont worry!! I can imagine how crazy the holidays were πŸ˜€ I am no also catching up with everything ahahaha! I am happy that you had fun with your family!

            We ended up not going to Tuscany, we decided to stay at home but it was awesome anyways πŸ˜€ next week I am flying to Brazil to visit my family so Im very excited!!

            Happy new year, I hope this year will bring you amazing things and many wonderful trips!!

          • Thanks πŸ™‚ You too, all the best with everything….

            Have a great trip, it will be wonderful!! How long are you going to be away? Enjoy the sun and family time!

          • Thank you dear πŸ˜€
            I am staying 2 weeks!! I can’t wait to see the sun and the beach again, and eat some food that Im missing now πŸ˜€

  • Some “habits” that you mentioned are actually similar to the Dutch: sauna (thankfully my gym’s sauna ain’t like that, but it is a British chain); then the friends help in moving – simply awesome!; and when we get invited for dinner, we have to bring wine or flowers (the Dutch male and female love flowers so much).. and look into the eyes is very very important otherwise the Dutch will think you were asocial – which is in Asian culture. staring at person when talking could me challenging the person and it could lead negatively..gosh..
    Interesting how the Germans and the Dutch are actually sharing similar habits πŸ˜€ – oh not to mentioned about being punctual! My Dutch and Germans colleagues are the most punctual people to attend a meeting – and I am now join the club!

    • hahahaha thats very interesting!! They really are similar!!
      Cool about the flowers, but is very understandable, since in the Netherlands flowers are so appreciated! Here the men would think its gay… I would love to get flowers from a guest πŸ˜€ I love flowers, especially tulips.
      Its interesting how simple things mean a lot in a country, while in others it means something totally different! In Brazil people also dont look in the eyes, but we hug and kiss on the cheeks every time… shaking hands for example is way to formal, used only in business hahaha πŸ˜€

      I loved knowing a bit of the Dutch Indah, thank you so much for sharing… and Im sure there must be much more πŸ˜€

      • It’s quite surprising – considering the Dutch and the Germans have their sentiments against each other especially on football and roads..Have you seen The stereotypes of the Netherlands and how funny it says about the Germans? πŸ˜€ – http://imgur.com/QYzBR8r

        • hahaha yeahh the Germans also have a few things to say about the Dutch hahaha. I find it funny, its exactly like Brazil x Argentina.
          Ouch, the link you sent me… so mean hahaha

      • Oh, I will keep in mind to bring tulips when visiting you πŸ˜€

  • traveolani

    Regarding the sauna, I’d rather be with a towel and stared at than go in naked!!! I am with a towel even if there is no one else there. I also love the sauna, you should try it Allane πŸ™‚

    • Ohhh yessss me too!!! I have been to saunas before, but not in Germany so far ahaha… and if I ever go here, I will for sure be wearing a towel πŸ˜€

  • I love learning these kinds of things because you would probably only notice if you had lived there for a while and were very observant. Not going to find these in any guidebook! What does your German husband think are the most unique social / cultural elements of Brazil?
    Jessica
    http://www.thebellevoyage.com

    • True! Some things you only learn living in the place and being in touch with the locals πŸ™‚
      What he likes the most about Brazilian culture is how friendly the people is, that we eat “churrasco” (grilled meat with a lot of salt), and are very attached to our family.
      Probably there is more, but I will have to ask him. These ones I know because he always mentions it πŸ˜€

      Thank you for the comment Jessica and for stopping by!

  • I am totally down for all of this – especially potatoes and cucumbers, I love them both. I also appreciate commitment and punctuality. In short, seems like this is a place for me!

    • hahaha oh yes!!! I love living here, I guess that after you get used to living in Germany might be very hard to live somewhere else. Here things work, and you can find everything you want πŸ˜€ Im sure you would also enjoy living here, at least the winter isnt so cold as in Russia πŸ˜‰

      • I was SHOCKED how much warmer it was in London last week, than in Moscow. And I reeeeeally hope I get to go to Berlin for work next year.

        • I believe it might be a huge difference!!! Are you back in Russia now?
          Are going to Berlin for a trip or to live? Have you been there before? πŸ˜€

          • I havent been to Berlin – in Germany I’ve only been to Munich. If I go it would be a short trip or two for work – we’re in the process of launching an affiliate channel there (kind of the reason I’ve gone to London twice in the last 2 months). Now I am back in Russia and staying put for a bit – I am totally traveled out!

          • That sounds nice!!! Berlin is very different than Munich, I think you will notice it when you visit it πŸ˜€ then you tell me what you think!!
            Its nice that your work allows you to travel often! I guess sometimes you wished you weren’t there for work, but for vacation… it still nice I believe πŸ˜€

          • It definitely is – it’s just all been squeezed into a very short time window, which makes it a bit overwhelming. But now I’m enjoying few months of a break.

          • I can imagine!! But its great that now you are having a break from it all so so can spend Christmas relaxing πŸ˜€

  • It is always fascinating reading about the etiquette of different cultures/countries. What things come naturally for the locals and take for granted and what is so foreign for visitors!

    Thanks for sharing this and should we ever visit Germany and mingle with locals, we will be sure to keep these things all in mind πŸ™‚

    PS – love the “meetings” one – wish it could naturally be like that everywhere all the time!

    • Yes you are right, it is very interesting how it can be so different from country to country!! I enjoying learning how normally things work in every country πŸ˜€

      Ohhh the “meeting” ones never works in Brazil, sadly πŸ™ I also wish it worked everywhere!

      I am you guys enjoyed the post!! Thank you so much!!

  • Hahaha, yeah I had a very awkward experience in the Slovenias saunas! And also can agree that the men here also LOVE fixing everything, my husband will get sad if I suggest paying someone to fix it, it’s kind of cute though.

    Looks like we have so much in common with these expats musings πŸ™‚

    • hahahaha yess, funny, because in Brazil we also pay someone to do things… I live here for 3 years and we never needed to ask anyone to fix something at our house! πŸ˜€

      Yes I guess we have a lot in common hahaha
      Oh my, I can only imagine how was your experience in a sauna πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  • LOVE THIS! Hahaha! Oh man, the sauna. I’m still too chicken to bare it all. We went to a thermal spa and I swear I saw more naked people there than I have ever seen in my life. And I didn’t even step into the sauna!

    • hahahahaha I still didn’t go to one either!! It is too weird for me πŸ˜€

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  • You are most welcome dear… only the truth πŸ˜€
    I am glad you liked the post!

  • It’s nice isn’t it? I like it too, in fact, I now am way too used to that haha
    hahaha weinschorle is very good!! πŸ˜€