What can I do in Germany, but not in the United States?

Travelling. As an employee, an international comparison, and especially in contrast to the USA, has a sufficient number of annual vacation days available for this purpose.This is nothing particularly German; it is similar in the other European countries, possibly with a few slacks. The availability of a sufficient number of vacation days significantly influences travel behaviour. It does not matter whether this workload is sponsored by the employer — and this practice is generally good and fair in Europe — but rather the cultural handling of the concept of timeoff.

In addition, once you travel, you quickly feel like you are somewhere else, and this provides a certain cultural frame of reference.A few examples: an hour’s drive west of the city where I grew up, Dutch is already spoken; a little south of it French.I hear clearly a different accent in Dutch between B and NL and I see Walloon French; even in Brussels, the words are audibly different from the rest of Francophonie.

• propos… Paris is less than five hours away from the Rhineland by car, or just over three by high-speed train.You can fly to London for almost forty minutes. After a five-hour drive in a south-eastern direction, however, a Slavic language is already spoken.

In large parts of North America, however, the accent does not even change particularly audibly over such distances, except perhaps in the northeast of the USA or in Quebec.In my view, this has a different sense of place and space on both sides of the Atlantic. Europe, as the flip side of the above characteristics, has a more pronounced cultural chambering, especially for those whose mobility within the EU is restricted in purely linguistic terms. This may give Europeans very different staggered notions of home and foreignness, locality and freedom of movement, which, coupled with general globalisation, partly creates the current social lines of conflict between Ethnocentrism and cosmopolitanism as extremes of a spectrum with many subtle gradations.

Here in North America, the chambers are much more large and less noticeable, and, in simple terms, they run just as smoothly within the (only) three nation-states as well as between them.In Canada, the Atlantic, Irish-Scottish coastal provinces are culturally different from the French- and English-speaking population centres of the heartland, and again from those originally of Central and Eastern European settlers. prairie areas of the West. In addition, British Columbia has greater cultural similarities with the Pacific coast states of the United States, while the northern, very sparsely populated parts of the country have an indigenous majority. But with the exception of Quebec, there is a relatively pronounced linguistic uniformity — you fly from Calgary just over four hours to Toronto and people speak essentially the same — as well as a large-scale super-strat, which is also true of the USA and Mexico. applies; in the latter slightly less, since there are quite different, highly interesting indigenous cultures in different parts of the country clearly prevalent, which are connected by a Spanish bridge culture (this is a gross simplification, because social Faults often run along the gap between indigenous and European culture, e.g. in Chiapas). This grandup leads in English-speaking North America, on the one hand, to a more open space, on the other hand to a clearer and, in my opinion, overstretched perception of the few language barriers that exist here, from which the Quebec conflict arises. partially explained.

There is also a paradox: even without a car, as a young person in Western Europe, you have considerably more mobility.

This has only really become clear to me from outside.Urban centres in Europe are more compact and have a higher density of reliable and safe public transport routes (only New York, Chicago, Boston and Montreal are comparable) as well as cycle lanes. European motorists are used to cyclists despite their high density of vehicles. Cycling is less recreational – and that’s what it is – than daily around. This is already available to you as a child. North American kids grow up outside the above-mentioned cities mainly with the world-famous yellow school buses. An environment that is so keen on individualism for its basically car-linked mobility thus creates a much stronger barrier between the adult and adolescent world than in Western Europe.

Furthermore: Study through no fault of his own.Studying at a German university usually requires only very moderate fees.

The following is not true for Canada, but for certain social strata of the US:

Serious illnesses, accidents, etc. are sometimes plentiful nasty life experiences; countries with functioning public-universal health care are protected, at least, from the extremely high costs to personal insolvency associated with proper medical treatment.This, however, is not particularly German. The us private-sector health insurance system, which is still nationwide, is the special case here among all developed industrialized countries.

In most German social situations, one can discreetly emerge as an agnostic or at least as a non-religious one, without worrying that one is thereby alienated from one’s fellow human beings, breaks a social taboo, or otherwise marginalizes oneanother.This does not mean that such attitudes will not be tolerated in the United States, at least in certain circles. But the margins are much narrower and milieu-related.

In Germany, you can get fresh bread of high quality and variety almost everywhere.Unlike much of America, with the exception of very urbanized areas such as New York or San Francisco, this is not considered chi-chi, but is normal everyday life.

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