I'm starting this thread to share anecdotes, observations and general commentary on the crazy world of ze Germans. Been living in Berlin a few months now. So much greatness in this place but also so much backwardness. Would be great to compare notes with others who've learned German, lived in Germany/Austria/Switz, or have any other connection to the Germanic world and who can help me to appreciate more of what this place has to offer. Might also be useful to commiserate on occasions where the rad tape is strangling me. I'll try not to ramble and overwhelm in this first post. Will recap a few of the interesting things that I've had to come to terms with during the first few months. - The German obsession with cash and the slow speed at which frictionless payment methods are taking hold here, despite Berlin's claim to be Silicon Allee, the Euro equivalent to Silicon Valley - The high price and lack of suitable data sims. Again - crazy in a city that claims to be a tech hub. Getting more than 5GB on a sim is close to impossible. Can't top 'em up easily. An absolute killer if you land in this city and need to be able to work and have proper internet access from the get go. Even more so if you're dependant on Google Translate to help you get by with flat hunting, furntiture shopping, administrative red tape etc. - Since my early visits here close to a decade ago, I've always been amazed at how seriously they take jaywalking. People look at you really oddly just because you're not prepared to stand like an idiot in -10 degree rain, waiting for the light to change, when there's not a car in sight and its safe to walk. If you jaywalk in front of an adult with a child, its quite common for them to make an admonishing remark, or even to label you a "kindermoerder" (child murderer)!