Moving to another country is always a challenge, especially in the beginning. You have to learn other ways of doing things and speak the language of your new host country. Now that I am learning German, I decided to start writing some post in English, so I won't forget this language. So far, I am loving my new life in Germany, everything is so different and new. I have moved to Bonn in January, so right now is winter time in Deutschland. I have already been studying German for two weeks so I can tell you some phases that will help you survive while you are in Germany. Many people speak English in Germany, so do not worry if you can not speak the language. Once, I saw a guy in the street wearing a t-shirt that says…"Life is to short to learn German" and now I am starting to believe it LOL (just kidding).
Guten Morgen – (Good Morning). Guten Tag – (Good afternoon). Guten Abend (Good afternoon)
Wie heissen Sie?. Ich heisse Fiorella – What is your name?. My name is Fiorella
Ich möchte ein Bier, Bitte? – I would like a beer, please
Enchuldigung, Wo ist die Toilette, bitte? – Excuse me, Where is the toilet, please
These are my first impressions of living in Germany:
– You have no option rather than learning German. Everything here it is written and spoken in German. If you are a tourist, you should know that Museums, Concerts, movie theaters (Kino) and even TV programs are in German.
– Germans love mineral water. Personally, I do not like mineral water so if I have to buy a bottle of water I will alway choose the bottle that says STILL Water (without gas). If you want to safe some money in Germany, you can just drink tap water. So, just fill your bottle from the sink and safe a couple of euros.
– Frozen food and canned food are pretty good in Germany. If you want to safe some time or you are just feeling a little bit lazy, you can buy this kind of food in the supermarket. It actually tastes really good.- If you are used to cross the street when the light is red, just forget about it. Everybody in Germany waits until the light turns green.
– There are many, many types of Beer here. Of course we are in Germany, so let's try them all!.
Vielen Dank! – Thank you very much
Danke Schön! – Thank you
Die regnung, bitte! – The check please
Wie viel kostet das? – How much does it cost?
There are many museums in Bonn, so there is always something to do in the city. Here in Bonn, you can visit Bethoveens House and go see Beethoven Orchester.
Tschuss (Bye)! – Auf wiedersehen (Good Bye)
Morever, I have found some good places for grocery shopping
1. REWE: For groceries. Wines and Beers are also very cheap
2. DM. For Health and Skin Care products. Usually you can find REWE and DM stores together.
Some people also like "Netto" and "Aldis" because things there are very cheap. However, those places are not very close from the city and if you want to go to Aldis, probably you will have to go by car or metro.
Transportation in Bonn is also very good. Particularly, I do not use the metro or Tram so much. I like to walk, so distances for me here are very close. From the place where I currently live to the center of the city, it takes me just 15 min. Of course, buying a bike it is also a good option because it will takes less time to go everywhere.
… and how about your smartphone. If you bring your phone from your home country, it is very easy to buy a Sim Card. I bought my Sim Card at one DM's store, from T-Mobile. The card costed me around 8.95 euros and it included minutes, sms and GB (Internet) service. Now, every month I just recharge my phone with the same amount and I can be connected everywhere.
Bis Bald! See you soon 🙂