A couple of weeks back, I went to Berlin. A few things that I noticed about the day-to-day life in Berlin are:
- Carbonated Water: Germans drink “only” carbonated water. It is only recently that they have started drinking regular water. I don’t know why this has become so common, especially when the quality of tap water is very good. It seems 25% households in Germany have a table-top carbonating machine!
- Hands on a table: During dinner, place the hands on the table, but not the elbows.
- No ice: Unlike the Americans, Germans do not use ice in most of their drinks – water, cold drinks, etc.
- No water in restaurants: You do not get complimentary water in any restaurant.
- Beer during lunch: Drinking beer during lunch is very common.
- Cold breakfast: Germans do not seem to eat warm/hot food for breakfast.
- No bacon for breakfast: I never saw bacon being available for breakfast.
- Shaking hands: Shaking hands appropriately (look into the eye of the other person) is the only customary introduction.
- Language: Every single letter in a German word has a specific pronunciation and must be pronounced.