Even though I wrote about how Germany isn’t the place for me, there are still many things I love and appreciate about living in Germany. Surely I will miss these points a lot when we move to Thailand in 5.5 months (the countdown begins!).
1. The German Spring and Summer time.
It’s incredible here now. Definitely a good time to visit Germany (do NOT visit in the winter!). Because Germany retains a lot of trees and plants even in the city centres, it’s green everywhere. And fresh smelling! The skies are blue and the sun is out often. It’s a gorgeous, happy time during these warmer seasons!
2. Amazing bike trails everywhere.
Germany is a very bike friendly country. There are these lonnnngg dedicated bike routes that connect cities, and an extensive network of bike lanes along major streets. It’s very pro-cycling, which is the way to be for the future!
3. Train network.
People complain all the time about the Deutsche Bahn, but I find it fantastic! I’ve taken the trains for longer-distance travel and to commute – it’s not always perfect but what is. Yeah it sucks when I almost miss my flight because my train is 30 minutes late. But the train and other mass transit infrastructure is what makes it possible to live car-less in most areas of Germany.
4. Central European location.
So easy to travel Europe having Germany as a base. I’ve visited 7 of the 9 countries that border Germany, and some countries like Netherlands, Belgium, and France I’ve been to many, many times. Still haven’t visited Poland or Luxembourg, but I’ve been meaning to go to Poland for a while (probably not before we leave though).
5. Strong middle class.
There is economic disparity, like everywhere in the world, but it’s not so stark compared to a developing country. If I walk on the street, no one will assume I am rich because I am ‘foreign’ and then try to rip me off. Or at least not many people outside of the tourist stretch.
6. Dog friendly environment.
Wow, Germans love dogs! If only they could extend their love to other animals too, like farmed animals. Pigs are smarter than dogs and even smarter than a human toddler, yet thousands of pigs are murdered by the second. This is not a slag on Germans (though they do eat a lot of pork), but everyone should evaluate the hypocrisy of loving one while totally denying another species of basic justice. As a vegan, this all enrages me, but I get how deep the indoctrination can be. Germans love dogs so much though that we can take our dog to most restaurants and stores! I take Luna to our local vegan bistro. Can’t say she’s excited by it but it’s better than keeping her at home.
7. Low cost of living for a developed country.
Germany is certainly not the cheapest place to live in Europe. But I find it pretty darned reasonable. As long as you earn an average wage, it is easy to live a simple, high quality of life here. If I am to live in Europe again, I think I would choose Lisbon, Portugal. But Germany is still nice!