7 señales que demuestran que te has vuelto aleman

Llevas un tiempo en Alemania? La cerveza y las salchichas forman ya parte de tu dieta? Incluyes la col en tus recetas? Eres de los que piensa que el carnaval es la mejor época del año y que los mercados de navidad son un must que nadie debe perderse? Si has respondido sí, puede que estés empezando a adaptarte muy bien a la cultura alemana. Sin embargo, aquí va la prueba definitiva:

Las 7 señales que demuestran que te has vuelto alemán

 

1. Cuando te mudas te llevas hasta el último tornillo

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Sí, en Alemania es normal dejar la casa literalmente vacía. Los alemanes se lo llevan todo cuando se mudan a otro piso: lavadora, frigorífico, cocina… hasta las bombillas!!

Y si los viejos muebles no encajan en el nuevo piso… Nada mejor que sacarlos a la calle para que otros puedan cogerlos y reutilizarlos 🙂 Reciclaje  a la antigua usanza!

2. Al ver un rayo de sol sales corriendo a la calle

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No importa verano o invierno, los alemanes no pueden resistirse al sol. Es ver un rayo de sol y salir a por él. Cada vez que el sol brilla las calles se llenan de gente. No importa que haga -20 grados que mientras haya sol nadie se queda en casa.

3. No invitas a nadie a nada

Zusammen oder getrennt? La pregunta del siglo. Si vienes del sur de Europa es muy probable que respondas „Zusammen (junto)“. Es algo instintivo, invitar a los amigos a una comida ó un café es lo más normal en ciertos países europeos. Incluso invitar a tu pareja!

Sin embargo, un buen alemán siempre va a responder “getrennt (separado)”. Aquí se divide todo, hasta la cuenta del café! Así que si quieres invitar a algún amigo, te deseamos suerte convenciéndole de que sólo lo haces por el afecto que le tienes.

4. Te quitas los zapatos al entrar en un piso

Es una regla no escrita. Al entrar en un piso hay que dejar los zapatos en la entrada y caminar descalzo. Así que no te sorprendas si te piden que te los quites cuando te inviten a alguna casa a cenar o de fiesta.

Bien pensado es una idea práctica, así en invierno la nieve y la lluvia no se esparcen por la casa. Sin embargo, nos gustaría compartir un secreto: Los alemanes no suelen tener moquetas ni alfombras 😉

5. Te gusta pasar un día en IKEA

He aquí el hobby por excelencia. No importa que día de la semana sea, IKEA siempre está lleno de alemanes deseosos de nuevos muebles. Será que los que se llevaron de su anterior piso no entra en el nuevo?? No sabemos muy bien la razón de esta afición alemana, pero aunque parezca increíble IKEA es un punto de encuentro muy habitual.

Os sorprenderíais si os digo que uno de los mayors IKEA del mundo esta en Alemania? Concretamente en Düsseldorf.

http://www.rp-online.de/nrw/staedte/duesseldorf/duesseldorfer-ikea-ist-jetzt-der-groesste-der-welt-aid-1.1144216

6. Te colocas frente a la puerta del tranvía una parada antes

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Los Alemanes tienen prisa por salir del transporte público, o eso parece, ya que se preparan
para ello en la parada anterior. Aquí nadie espera a que el transporte pare, para
cuando ese momento llega están todos haciendo cola frente a la puerta y salen del mismo a una velocidad que ni Usain Bolt.

Pequeño paréntesis en favor de los alemanes (y caída de un mito para todos los extranjeros): el transporte público alemán no es puntual. Será por eso que tienen tanta prisa?

7. En temporada estival tu mayor ilusión es organizar barbacoas

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Seamos sinceros, ¿a quién no le gusta organizar una buena barbacoa con los amigos de vez en cuando?

En Alemania no existe la expresión “de vez en cuando” (o si existe no la conocen), cuando llega el verano y el buen tiempo se organizan barbacoas casi todos los días! Tampoco es algo muy complejo, con comprar
cervezas y algo de comer ya está todo hecho. Les gustará tanto por la poca complejidad que supone organizar una ó por los rayos de sol de los que os hemos hablado en el punto 2?

Nosotros aún no cumplimos todos los requisitos (aunque poco nos falta la verdad…) y tú, te has adaptado al 100%? Ya te has vuelto alemán?

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7 signs you are becoming German

Are you getting used to the German way of life? Are you including potatoes and sausages in your diet? Do you also think that the christmas markets are the place to be during winter time? If you answered yes to all these questions it is a sign of your “germanization”. Are you becoming German? Here you can find definitive 7 signs you are becoming German

1. When you
move you bring your old furniture to your new flat

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In Germany it is quite usual to do not leave a single nail in your old apartment when you move to a new one. Germans
take all their furniture when they move: the kitchen, the freezer, the wash
machine… also the bulbs!

If the furniture does not fit in the new apartment they leave it in the street, so that other people can re-use it. Recycling the old-fashioned way! 🙂

2. When you
see a ray of light sun and you run outside your flat

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It does not matter if it is winter or summer. Germans are crazy about the sun. If there is
a sunny day they will be on the street enjoying it. Everytime the sun shine the
streets are crowded of people having a walk or drinking a coffee in the terraces.
No one will stay at home during a sunny day.

3. When you split the bill

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Zusammen oder getrennt? That is the question. If you come from the south of Europe there
is a high probability that your answer “zusammen (together)”. In some countries
it is common to invite friends for a coffee or to pay a meal.

However, a good german would have answered “getrennt (separate)”. In Germany they split everything, also the coffee bill! So, if you want to invite a friend do not be
surprised if he looks weird at you.

4. When you
remove your shoes in the entrance of your flat

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It is a non-written rule. When you enter in a flat you have to remove your shoes, to
leave them at the entrance and to walk barefoot.

The main goal of this non-written rule is to avoid scattering the snow and the water of the rain around the whole flat. It is a good idea, taking into account that the average of rainy days in Germany is around 128 days per year.

Do not forget it when you visit a german friend!

5. When you like to spend a day at IKEA

Spending the day at IKEA is a german common hobby. No matter which day of the week, if
you go to IKEA it will be totally crowded. We do not know the reason why
germans love to spend their time there, but it is quite normal for them.

Did you know one of the biggest IKEA of the world is located in Germany?? Concretely in
Düsseldorf.

http://www.rp-online.de/nrw/staedte/duesseldorf/duesseldorfer-ikea-ist-jetzt-der-groesste-der-welt-aid-1.1144216

6. When you cannot wait to get off the public transport

Germans tend to be ready to get off the public transport before it stops. Usually they
start to queue up at the previous stop. In the subway they queue up during 2
minutes, however, it can take longer when you travel by train.

It looks like if they were always on a hurry! Can it be due to the punctuality of the Deutsche Bahn? We would like to apologize before sharing the following with you: German public transports come hardly on time! Maybe that is the reason why germans are always in a hurry?

7. When your idea of a perfect summer plan is to organize a BBQ in a park

When summer comes organizing a BBQ in the park is THE PLAN. Nothing else can make germans
happier than a good BBQ, beers and friends.

In fact, it is easy to organize one. You just need to buy some beers, food and to find a place in some random park around the city or in front of the river. Sincerely, we do not why they
love BBQ so much, is it maybe not because of the food itself but due to the weather (as we said before)?

We are almost “germanized” 🙂 After some years living here we like their way of life. An what about you, are you becoming German?

Saint Servatius Labyrinth

Each part of the world is unique. Each city is an unbelievable place full of amazing corners ready to be discovered. Through the buildings we can have a better insight about the history, the inhabitants and the culture of each place that we visit.

The labyrinth of Saint Servatius is one of those amazing places full of charm and history worth to be discovered.

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The maze or labyrinth was designed in1885-1887 by Pierre Cuypers, the architect responsible for the restoration of the basilica in the second half of the 19th century.image

The theme has a link with the sculptures located on the upper part of the portal where you can find the maze. These sculptures represent several parts of the Old and New Testament and the story of the salvation. Beginning with Abraham and ending with St. Servatius, the centerpiece holds the Holy Virgin Mary crowned in heaven.

As a contrast with heaven, the mosaic represents a map of the earth, where everybody is a pilgrim constantly searching for ways to find the Holy Land and Jerusalem.

The Holy City as spiritual goal is represented as a fortress with eight corners and towers, the mount of olives and the mount of calvary.

Also represented are the two main cities of Christendom in the East and the West: Constantinople and Rome, and also two important cities for Maastricht: Cologne (capital and siege of the archbishopric and the most important city of the Roman Empire at the north of the Alps) and Aix –la-Chapelle (the place where the emperors of the holy roman empire of the german nation were crowned during the Middle Ages).

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The best way to enjoy the height of this work is to stay in the corner of the labyrinth so that you can see the whole maze at the same time at the sculptures. Are you fancy to discover this amazing place?