What shocked you the most when you first came to Germany?

I knew Germany before I moved here from Canada.But in my daily life I was a bit shocked. I got used to it, but every week I still remember it.

Overall, the Germans are well organized and quite polite.Or they are “correct.” Driving as fast as on the highway would not work in Canada. In Germany, you almost always know what the other driver will do, fantastically. “Right before left” and roundabout wouldn’t go either in Canada, I think. 4-way stop signs at every small intersection is safer. 🙂

That’s why the experience of shopping is all the more impressive!

  1. The parking lot is often quite crowded, but many cars are parked in such a way that they take away more than one parking space.

Not just large SUVs. Small polo shirts and so are parked diagonally. You often see why. They are quickly placed somewhere with almost squeaky tyres. The driver jumps out as if he were in a race.

  • The disabled parking spaces and the family parking spaces are full of people who walk into the store without a hindging and without a child.
  • Pensioners make their shopping Friday evening and Saturday when it is full because… always done this way?
  • 🙂

  • When I stand in front of a shelf and look for something for a long time (I don’t know all German products yet, that’s always very interesting!), and next to me one stands and pretends to be looking for something, then I know I’m already in the way and should make room.
  • But he doesn’t say that, but stands something in my personal space until I’m gone.

  • The last meters in front of the cash registers are a “drag race”.
  • In addition, everyone throttles (but nonchalantly, inconspicuously) to be faster at the checkout. Along the way, they look at each snake inconspicuously and make a lot of quick arithmetic in their head:

    (Length of the snake x how full is the basket) + (how many old ladies in the queue)2 – how old is the cashier…

  • Whenever something takes longer, e.g. someone pays with small coins, someone in the queue makes a quiet comment about their partner.
  • When it’s your turn, the cashier waits until you have put your car so that she can see everything if you want to steal(?).
  • As I push the car into the right position, she sits down briefly “ergonomically” and waits, or she bends forward to see faster.

  • You have to be very careful that you weigh all the fruits and vegetables.
  • When it’s packed, it doesn’t mean you don’t have to weigh. If you weigh, it’s best to just look at the small number, otherwise you might get it wrong. Then the cashier sighs and does it herself. (Lately, there is now a dare near the cash register, where you can weigh yourself.) When the cashier is gone, people quietly say “guilty” to the people in the queue. Sometimes someone says “Already OK” or something like that.

    The cashier has no dare, although it looks the same as in Canada, where the cashier weighs that.

  • The area behind the cash register is about 40 cm wide.
  • If you’re fast, you get your stuff in the car before the next thing is scan. If not, then the cashier takes a short break and stymies gany again briefly “ergonomic”, but I never know if she is happy about it or not at all. 🙂

    Bagging like in Canada or USA I don’t need, but a bit more time would be nice.But the other people have told me that you only pack your belongings into the shopping bag at the car.

    At Aldi I saw a special table for packing a shopping bag and had to laugh.

    I usually shop at a fairly cheap and large supermarket in northern Germany, maybe that also plays a role.

    Shopping often causes more stress than I am used to.But there are also many good things about German shopping.

    • Prices are usually better.

    And you can buy as small quantities as you want. In Canada, if, for example, shampoo costs too little, then they make the pack bigger, there is nothing under .1. Prices are also more transparent in Germany. If one pack is bigger than another, it’s almost always the better deal, and the price of 100ml is also big.

  • In my supermarket there are two bakers, one cheap, inside, and a good one, after the checkout.
  • Beer is much cheaper 🙂
  • Corn Flake’s packs are not so big that they are enough for 3 years.
  • Not so many plastic bags are used.
  • The ladies in the meat and cheese know each other and are fast.
  • There is a huge selection of cheeses and sausages.
  • And when I shop in Canada now, I think, “Cheese costs HOW MUCH???”

    Supermarket people from Germany and Canada should visit the other country and take notes 🙂

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