What I learned when I moved to Germany – Part 2

So, it’s been two weeks since I wrote my last post. I promised I would tell you about the weather here.

Weather

When I arrived in October the winter was just setting in. On my way to my University all I could see was the yellow leaves all around the countryside. There are four distinct seasons in Germany, comprising of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter very different from my home country in India where there was mainly only season, SUMMER.
Don’t be surprised to see a swarm of people lying in a park on a fine afternoon. The Germans love the sunshine. And when I say they love it, I literally mean they love it. The weather starts getting cold from somewhere the middle of October and the temperature goes as far as minus twenty degrees during the peak of winter. You would need some warm set of clothes to get through the winter.

Travelling in Europe

If you wish to travel anywhere in Europe, you can always just pack your bag and leave for your destination. As I had written in my earlier blog post, public transport in Germany and in fact all over Europe is excellent. If you ever dreamt of backpacking this would be your best opportunity. There are hostels providing cheap accommodation in every city and it goes to as low as ten euros a night. Now that’s a bargain. There are also a couple of budget or no frills airlines that makes travelling affordable. There are also cross country trains available but that is slightly expensive in comparison to the budget airlines. Sounds unbelievable, right??

Sports

No points for guessing the most popular sport in Germany. Yes, it is football. The German domestic football league is called Bundesliga and is one of the most famous and successful leagues in Europe. Every weekend thousands of fans travel to support their favorite football team and cheer for them. Also, you can see the tremendous support of the German national team receives during the World Cup or the European Championship. But another sport that is very popular is Ice Hockey. Most of the major cities have a team in the first league so make sure to see a game of Ice Hockey to have a different experience all together. In smaller cities and towns where is no major football team the sport Handball attracts most of the crowd. The German Handball League is considered the best worldwide. Besides, Golf, Basketball, Tennis, Skiing and Cycling are also very popular in Germany.

Fashion

Germany is known for its fashion along with its European counterparts. It is known for its unconventional designs and its range of sports clothing. Some of the biggest brands in the industry like BOSS, Adidas, PUMA, Esprit has its roots in Germany. Almost half of the products in the textile industry is exported making it a big money spinner for the for the economy. The major fashion destinations are Berlin, Düsseldorf, Munich, Hamburg and Cologne. The Berlin Fashion Week is a famous and internationally recognized. Their traditional dress: `Dirndl’ was worn in the south of Germany prior to the 19th century but it is very popular during the German festivals mainly the Oktoberfest.

So, that’s it for this time. Hopefully I can share new experiences next time. Auf Wiedersehen !!

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