1. Jimmy
    March 13, 2013 @ 4:30 am

    I have been to Germany a couple of times. The people are more reserved, however, after they found out I was from the US and not England they were very happy to chat. I spent most of the time taking pictures and my German( dutch lack) made communication hard. I hold myself responsible for many missed opportunities meeting new people.

    • Andrew
      March 16, 2013 @ 11:16 am

      Germans are happy to chat just like everyone else, but as you say,need a bit more motivation to make the start.
      Just take time to say hi and ask questions and people will talk. Once you have German friend you have them deeply and for life. It just takes a while to get there.

  2. Laurel
    February 26, 2012 @ 9:15 pm

    Great examples of how Germans are fun. I think Germans have the reputation for not being fun since they can take a while to loosen up until they know you, but when they do…watch out.

    • Andrew
      February 27, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

      Maybe you are right. In comparison, Americans and Aussies are fun “right out of the box.” No assembly or pre-warming needed. Germans are perhaps more like Ikea build it your self, or a Chia Head where you have to wait. But just as fun in the long run.

  3. Heather
    February 20, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

    My travel partner always made me smile with his sense of humor. I don’t recall hearing him really laugh out loud, but he always had a small smile, waiting for my reaction. When I did burst out laughing at one of his jokes, he said that my “American was showing” ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Andrew
      February 20, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

      Ha. Germans definitely laugh outloud, just need to get them drunk. It is a more reserved sense of humor, but your friend seems cooler than most. Humans are all different. He sounds like he has a good sense of humor though.

  4. ian in hamburg
    February 19, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

    So if your tricycle were locked to that fence, you could well argue that you weren’t in a state of Ordnungswiedrichkeitlichtigung, merely living within the rules as stated. Very German indeed!

    • Andrew
      February 20, 2012 @ 9:30 pm

      That or a unicycle. Or a horse. We definitely need to try such things and test out the flexibility of thought of the German bicycle police.

  5. Jeremy Branham
    February 16, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

    It’s interesting the stereotypes that Germans have. While the post is a bit tongue-in-cheek, there’s probably some truth to the stereotype – or at least enough to address it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Andrew
      February 17, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

      The post is not supposed to be sarcastic necessarily. I do mean it seriously that Germans are indeed fun. The title is totally sarcastic though. The fun is just more structured and sedate than, say, a wild Spanish beach fest.

  6. Andrea
    February 16, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    We met a German guy while travelling in Colombia and he said, “People don’t think we’re fun, but we are, aren’t we?” like a little puppy dog – of course we said, of course! The truth is, I think you can find examples of all kinds of people in any culture and I know some really tremendously fun Germans. My impression when we visited there was that many Germans have this hard shell on the outside but deep down they want to break out of that strict regimen that seems to exist over there (I remember our conversation about jobs and how most people in Germany are stuck in the same role for life because of all the training and stability). I certainly felt a warmth emanating from most people over there and Oktoberfest is certainly a great place to see Germans cut loose and enjoy themselves. I was also surprised by the friendliness of most people when we travelled around. I’ve only spent about a month there though so this is all just my perception.

    • Andrew
      February 17, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

      The hard shell keeps you from getting bruised while working through the gears of society. Stability and expectations is still at the core of society, in my opinion. The wild abandonment of “big fun” leaves open too much for chaos. Although Oktoberfest perhaps could be an argument.
      You definitely need to come and spend more time down here. There is lots more to see.

  7. Sabrina
    February 15, 2012 @ 10:44 pm

    It’s true, we do have so many rules for everything in Germany, don’t we? It’s sort of weird. When you grow up with it, it’s normal and you just assume everybody lives like that ๐Ÿ™‚ Foreigners that have been to Germany, tell me a lot of times that they were so surprised about how good of a time they had with all the local festivities, the national festivals, etc. Maybe we just need rules to structure our fun time? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Andrew
      February 17, 2012 @ 9:35 pm

      The rules to structure fun is definitely part of it. A friend of mine remarked about the insanity of carnival being so different from normal. She mentioned that it is odd as in the prescribed time and structure to go wild and act insane.
      I love the little local festivals. I like quiet and calm instead of chaos. So in a lot of ways, the German “structure of fun” fits well.

  8. Ariana
    February 15, 2012 @ 10:22 pm

    What a fun topic for a post! I found that Germans are very playful, despite all of the rules. In our little town, we had a Luft Museum, and even a Luft fest, all dedicated to enjoying the properties of air, with lots of fun and creative exhibits and activities. I also thought of sculptures right away, as you did. So many playful and or humorous ones around our town. Germans have a very developed sense of humor, whimsy and fun, in my opinion!

    • Andrew
      February 17, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

      Thanks. Oo much ado about air. I think you are right about the very developed sense of humor. The subtleties are important.

      • Ariana {And Here We Are}
        March 1, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

        I thought I’d post this clip that I think is a great example of the developed German sense of humor!

        • Andrew
          March 1, 2012 @ 8:06 pm

          That is pretty funny. Indeed the developed sense of humor to want to play with an orchestra like that.

          If your German language skills are up for it search for “Tauben Vergiften im Park”. You should be able to find the original German from which Tom Lehrer’s “Poisoning Pigeons in the Park” came from.