Perhaps it was kismet; my destiny. As a native citizen of Thailand, I got a chance to spend several weeks from August to September 2016 idling in southwestern part of Germany. There I had my first Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cake), and got drunk from it. There I discovered I had a deep dark fear of Roller Coasters lurking in me. While the others celebrated summer daylight, I kept myself hidden in the shade of an umbrella and long sleeves, allowed people to look at me funnily (When you grew up in a tropical country where the temperature rarely drops below 30 degrees, tanning lotion and sunbathing wouldn’t really make any sense).
Of all the experiences I could never have in my country, as listed below are 10 of them. However, this is merely a list based on a subjective and highly personal points of view; it can’t be used as a reference for any academic researches. I suppose all it could ever be is something to read to kill your time along with a kettle of tea (or after a few shots of cheap Schnapps, in case you were an emerging writer suffered by rejections, self-doubts, and poverty).
Here come the things I learned from a bunch of the lovable people of southwestern Germany:
1.) The Germans aren’t quiet and unfriendly.
2.) They, too, do ignore the pedestrians.
3.) Do not believe them when you enter a restaurant, and they insist there’s something ‘small’ to eat.
4.) They have Sauerkraut Juice as soft drink. How esoteric.
5.) The famous German Punctuality may be overrated (Also, they don’t always dress as ‘The Typical German tourists’).
6.) Tell them you can’t indicate the differences between France and Germany, they’ll be furious.
7.) Germans love tidying things up, that’s why they would spend the last day of their precious vacation cleaning up the rental accommodation until everything is perfectly wiped and shiny.
8.) Importing meat product from outside the country is a health hazard, but public smoking is legal and allowed, undoubtedly.
9.) Christmas decorations and cookies are sold amidst 38 Celsius degree of September already.
10.) There’s the common use of the word ‘Fahrt’ in German language, which pronounces like ‘fart’ in English, so chances are that you will hear the word ‘Fahrt’, ‘Fahrt’ and ‘Fahrt’ every minute. In the meantime, you may ought to be careful when you mention ‘Fruits’ in Germany since it does sound very close to ‘Furz’, which is the German word for ‘fart’.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Thipwalee Srimaphan (known as ‘Kim’) is a freelance writer and translator from Chiang Mai, Thailand. As a non-native English speaker, Kim has been trying to introduce her work to international readers since 2015.
If not traveling the world, Kim is most likely to be found around the village nearby Doisaked Hot Spring, Chiang Mai, or at her favorite “Coffee Corner”. Kim has got a blog but you may find it abandoned at times since the updates are depending on her mood, not consistency.Http://kimthipwalee.wordpress.com is the address. Feel free to visit.