As most of you may or may not know, we are back living in the US now for a few weeks. I know--not a lot of fanfare on that return via the blog, but give me some time and I may post a bit more on the subject. For now, here are some thoughts I've had during our adjustment period.
5. Driving everywhere. I didn't drive at all the entire time we lived in Germany. I took a bus every single day. Thankfully, we lived by a main stop where almost all of the lines stopped so while I couldn't just leave whenever I wanted, I had a lot more flexibility than people who lived by a one-line-only stop.
4. Everything is so BIG! I still remember us laughing about the size of bottles in the store during one of our first ventures into a Rewe in Marburg. After our return, I couldn't believe the size of a jar of tomato sauce. I sent my husband to the store for toothpaste and when I saw the tube I said there wasn't any reason to buy the family size one and he reminded me that it was the regular size.
3. People you don't know talk to you. This has been a bit weird. You're in a public place and someone you don't even know says something conversational to you. Not to say that it doesn't happen at all in Germany, but it's much more rare and even when it did happen, I didn't always notice because I wasn't tuned in to the language. Which brings me to...
2. Everyone speaks English! I was used to speaking English with my husband, some friends, and our family when they visited. No one that I didn't know personally spoke English to me. So when I was going for a walk with my parents the day after our return, we were about to pass in front of a man playing frisbee. I began to say, Entschuldigen (excuse me), but the man turned and said, "How're y'all doin'?" (Yes, this was in NC, of course.) I was completely surprised that he spoke to me and spoke English to me. My initial reaction was, "Hey! I speak English, too!!" Of course, within seconds I realized how utterly stupid this thought process was and found it so hilarious I couldn't stop laughing. But it still happens to me occasionally. Mostly in the form that I am still hesitating to ask for help or say those random conversational things to people I don't know because somewhere in my mind I'm thinking they might not understand me (sometimes I wouldn't want to buy something for fear I would need to return it and explain myself). For instance, I saw people selling Christmas trees at church and was trying to figure out on my own how long they would be selling and how much they cost. It did finally occur to me to ask because they would speak English :-)
|Been back for almost a month and this is still ...|
|all that it is my fridge.|