18.06.2009 22 °C
Whoever thinks this, that Germans are cold, need to come here for a few days to see this is wrong, wrong, wrong! I am not an affectionate person by nature and I am not inclined to just hug people or pat a shoulder. I just can't do it and most times I have to work up the nerve to show acts of affection. However, since my stint in Germany, I have been on the receiving end of a lot of affection.
My back has never received so much rubs or pats. I am constantly being embraced in some sort of hug or being braced. My arms are constantly locked in someone else's etc.. At first I was like, what the hell? Why is this person touching me but after a while, I kinda got used to and looked forward to it.
The only thing is that the Germans I encounter are blunt to a fault. I don't think it is a being rude thing more than an english-german speaking thing. The art of sublty has not really been embraced here but you know what? I actually like it! I know where I stand with people and for the most part, no one lies to me. Such a refreshing change from home in a way.
I wonder if I will miss all the caresses, pats and caring once I get home or can I carry it on once I get off the plane in Toronto? I doubt I can because even though I receive a lot of affection I still find it hard to give. I will see though after I get home if I end up carrying any of the German mentality home. I know that I will carry some of the language because when I talk to my family, a few German words are inevitably thrown in and I always get a "what?" from the other line. Oh, I also plan on taking German classes when I get home. Yes, I love it that much!