I forgot to add something else to my post yesterday on Germans and the high levels of affection I see and receive daily. I thought that when I was in Barcelona that the couples there were all over each other and I expected the same from Paris but Germans take the cake in loving their partners or at least showing great amounts of PDA.
From handholding, to blatant touching, to kissing, to gazing in eyes, it is all there. At first, I'm not gonna lie, I was shocked at some of this. See how bad it is to hold stereotypes against people? They are hardly ever true. It is actually pathetic. Anyway, I had to report, that while I wait for S-Bahns or U-Bahns or ICE trains, in elevators, in store lines etc., I notice that couples, young and old, are not afraid, embarrassed, ashamed, whatever to show the world how they feel about their partner. It is really nice to see. I wonder if it is a cultural thing or maybe a Swabian thing?