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Expat in Germany: Welcome to Germany

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Welcome to Germany

I have received so many wonderful warm welcomes to Germany from J.P.’s family and friends, that I feel incredibly fortunate.  Besides the Warm Welcome to Germany, when I first arrived, I recently had another special warm welcome to Germany from Anna, one of J.P. friend's wives.  She came over just to meet me and brought a bottle of champagne and a yellow rose, to welcome me to Germany.  I was incredibly touched.  Then she proceeded to tell me that anytime I needed to talk or felt lonely, to call her and we could talk over a glass of wine.  I was so touched and a little surprised by this incredibly warm welcome to Germany.  Germans are usually a bit more reserved when they first meet you, but because she knew J.P. her warmth automatically extended to me.

 They say that it may take Germans some time to warm up to you as they don't have the instant "friendliness" of us North Americans (which many Germans perceive as fake), but once they do, you have a friend for life. I would be very fortunate to have Anna as a friend, especially if she will put up with my annoying Canadian habit of asking too personal questions too quickly which I haven’t quite fine-tuned to German standards yet, but I’m working on it.    Welcome to Germany indeed!    



At August 29, 2010 at 10:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's actually a pretty heartwarming story! Hope you have fun getting used to life over there!


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