This past summer my friend traveled to Germany to visit her boyfriend’s family. I recalled a lot of what she told me about her experience while reading the kultur texts because it seemed to align with much of what the articles were trying to convey—namely, Germans love their beer, sausage, and pessimism. I remember my friend telling me that while she loved it, she was not used to the meat-heavy diet, which I found interesting. Reading these articles, i’m quite surprised with the variety of sausages that are available in Germany. The same goes with beer—I am from Grand Rapids, which is known for beer, and I had no idea that beer came in such a variety! I found it interesting, however, that there has been a push to restrict public drinking to prevent violence. Psychological studies certainly show that alcohol contributes to aggression.
Another thing that I found interesting was the directness of Germans that the articles mentioned. My friend also told me that her boyfriend’s relatives were very direct people, and she particularly liked her boyfriend’s aunt for her witty sense of humor. From the articles, it seems like she fits into the stereotype of “the Hamburger”.
I enjoyed reading about the fact that Germans love their organic food, too. This contrasts the culture in America, where there definitely is a stereotype that people who buy organic almost always coincidentally wear Birkenstocks or are overprotective mothers. I think this is because buying organic in America is usually more expensive and inaccessible to a lot of people, whereas since most people in Germany buy organic, it is much more accessible.