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Interview for MultiCOOLty

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Awhile back, I was contacted by the founder of MultiCOOLty, a journalistic project that showcases the multicultural community in Germany, and asked to share my experiences in Germany by answering a series of questions. Last month I finally managed to finish all my answers, and my story was posted today. Most of the questions were deleted from the actual post, but I’ll include them below for those who might want to follow along. I hope you enjoy reading my answers to these questions.

1. Could you first perhaps introduce yourself (nationality, studies, likes/dislikes,  or anything you feel like the readers should know about YOU)?

2. What brought you to Germany?

3. What do you do to integrate into a foreign culture? Do you read news in German, for example? Do you speak German etc….

4. Can you tell us about a cross-cultural blunder you have committed in Germany?

5. What strikes/did strike you most in Germany (good and bad)?

6. What is typically German for you?

7. What do people in your country think of Germany and Germans?

8. Has your lifestyle changed when you came to/were in Germany? If yes, how?

9. What the future holds?

10. Anything else you want to share with the readers about you and your experiences in Germany? Perhaps any advice you want to give to a newcomer? Or a funny German moment 🙂

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2 Thoughts on “Interview for MultiCOOLty

  1. Thanks for sharing! I agree on the restaurant issue. In Germany I never felt rushed to leave a restaurant. I can sit there for hours and don’t have to worry about the waiter bringing me the Rechnung but in America I always feel like they want me to leave as soon as possible.

    • You’re welcome. Thanks for reading it. You feel like they want you to leave because they kind of do lol. In American, waitresses are generally paid a crap wage (about $2 an hour) and are expected to make the majority of their money in tips. Supposedly if they don’t make at least minimum wage, the employer is supposed to make up the difference but I’ve heard that is really difficult to get done. More tables=more tips=a bigger paycheck, so you sit there too long, they’re not getting a chance to make additional money. I think it kind of depends on the place. If it’s somewhere like Big Boy (do they still have those?) and it’s late at night, I don’t feel bad hanging out for hours because there are plenty of empty tables. But if it’s busier I can see a waitress being miffed if no one in her section wants to leave. In Germany of course, it’s different since the waitresses get a real wage and tips are just a bonus and not expected, so they’re getting paid more or less the same whether they serve one table all night or several.

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