1. Living in Germany - Roundup - Grounded Traveler
    August 6, 2012 @ 8:01 am

    […] 3 Things We Learned From 3 Months In Bavaria, Germany Bavaria is even a unique place within Germany. Sofia tells of several things they learned while living in a village there. […]

  2. Jerry
    June 23, 2012 @ 9:24 pm

    Lived in Bad Aibling for 28 months. They were the friendliest people, always willing to help. They thought nothing of inviting a stranger to their home for dinner. Wish I still lived there.

    • Andrew
      June 25, 2012 @ 10:26 pm

      Where are you now? Still in Germany somewhere?

  3. Laurel
    June 22, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

    It’s true, Bavarians are so proud to be Bavarian. When I moved to Munich and told Bavarians that I previously lived in Stuttgart, I’m usually met with sympathetic eyes and something along the lines of “that must have been awful” (it wasn’t). I love that Bavarians enjoy life and that beer garden is imbedded into the culture.

    • Andrew
      June 25, 2012 @ 10:17 pm

      It is great that they are proud of their land. It can come off a bit arrogant sometimes, but thankfully that is still tempered by the Germanic culture to an extent. Though I haven’t spend that much time in Munich, maybe it isn’t?

  4. Werner
    June 17, 2012 @ 3:19 am

    Sorry about your article, guess you haven’t been to Franconia yet, Bavarias Elite region

  5. Steve
    June 15, 2012 @ 12:57 am

    Love it! Germans and so many European countries know how to live and enjoy themselves a hell of a lot better than many Americans! Too much work and no play in the US…

    • Andrew
      June 16, 2012 @ 11:15 am

      I definitely agree on the too much work aspect of things, but I think the Americans are mainly oversold. They believe that they need to buy things to be happy and thus makes them work harder to pay for it. Germans are materialistic as well, but with really strong feelings that one should not go into debt and space limitations in their cities. You can really only buy so much if you live in an apartment. Not to mention the enormous cost to drive. Americans have this sense of no limits that helps fuel the buying spree.

      • Steve
        June 17, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

        yeah–the consumption of stuff is certainly a larger problem for Americans…

  6. Audrey | That Backpacker
    June 14, 2012 @ 5:34 pm

    Looks so scenic! I think my favourite thing about Bavaria would have to be the food. Germans know how to cook up a good meal!

    • Andrew
      June 16, 2012 @ 11:13 am

      German food is tasty if you are into that kind of things. A lot of the well known things are meat and potato based, which suits the average English speaker just fine.

  7. A Montrealer Abroad
    June 13, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

    I have the same issue with the French people – they are so proud to be French that they automatically discredit everything else!

    • Andrew
      June 13, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

      A lot of pride ends up expressing itself like that, regardless of area or region.

  8. Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista
    June 12, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

    Great post about Bavaria! You’re so right that the Bavarians take time to relax and enjoy which may be one of the reasons I love Bavaria so much. While Munich is awesome, it is those small little villages that really make Bavaria special.

  9. Kate
    June 12, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

    Love this! I feel like a lot of these points could be applied to Skåne in Sweden, too. Maybe other parts of Sweden as well… you would know better than me! Thanks for the great post!

    • Andrew
      June 13, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

      It is curious. I wonder how much in common villages have with each other across cultures, simply for being villages.

  10. Ariana
    June 11, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    Yes, all of this is true! We lived in Bavaria for 7 months, and really loved it. We would ask friends how to say something in German, and they would teach us the “Bavarian” slang for it, and then snicker. I loved the sense of pride in being from Bavaria. Also, beautiful pictures!!

    • Andrew
      June 13, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

      What I find interesting is that even in Bavaria, they separate themselves. The Franken that I know from near Bamberg correct me when I talk about htem being Bavarian. No, they are Franken, and just happen to share the same state.

      • Werner
        June 17, 2012 @ 3:22 am

        Franken, Bavarias Elite region, where the real beer is brewed

  11. Allison
    June 11, 2012 @ 9:57 am

    Going to a smaller town really shows you the culture. I lived for 4 months up in a mountain village of Switzerland. Very different atmosphere when I compare it to my time in Zurich. And even more different when you compare it to the top mountain tours people take to Titlis or the Jungfraujoch. Which are extremely touristy.

    • Andrew
      June 13, 2012 @ 7:59 pm

      A mountain village in Switzerland sounds cool. I’ve been to Zurich a few times. I can’t imagine any village that would seem like that.