I’m talking to a senior administrator.
“I’m so sick and tired of students who send emails without a salutation or a signature,” I complain. “What am I supposed to do? Guess which one of my students could have chosen an email address of firstname.lastname@example.org?”
The administrator gives me a look of a wounded animal.
“Students??” he says. “You are wondering why students are doing this?? Eighteen and nineteen-year-old kids? Do you know how many emails I get every day from professors – people with doctoral degrees – that are exactly like this?”
Do you know of this stereotype of the Germans as extremely efficient and meticulous?
Well, it’s all true. I’ve traveled quite a bit but I’ve never seen anything like this, people. Each airplane af Tegel airport has its own passport control and its own luggage line. We passed the customs in about 2 minutes and saw our suitcases in front of us already unloaded! I have got to wonder how we managed to defeat the people whose meticulousness us especially noticeable by the side of our carelessness.
The baked goods (especially the breads) have stunned me. I haven’t seen such a wide variety of amazing breads in my entire life.
As you can see, I have ton of new impressions already after just 1,5 hours in Berlin.