1. You see huge girls! (Not fat, mind you!) . There's little to doubt over the fact that German Women are World Football champs.
2. You meet people who start speaking in German, but when asked ," Sie spreechen Englisch?", will give a smile and start speaking flawless English.
3. You see the umlauts (two dots on a,o,u) and es-sete (the beta character) in spellings.
4. You meet people who will pull legs of French people (Ah! The popular love-hate relationship between French and Germans...A German student told me: In your project group, I did well by taking a Chinese in addition to 2 Frenchmen. Frenchmen never work like their railways. (Strike in French railway was ongoing))
5. You meet people with soft corner for England. (Quote: "Bundesliga is not as popular as EPL. And Miroslav Klose may not be a poster boy like Wayne Rooney. But atleast we reached Euro 2008 finals")
And last..but not the least...
5. You see bald girls in a shop and then you see boys with hair till asses in the next shop.
Friends, countrymen and fellow students on exchange ask me: "Germany mei dekhne layak kya hai?" I tell them: Five things: Berlin, Cologne (Rhine included), Munich, Black Forest and People. They ask: People? I say: Yes, that is true.
Never met people before, who took their country from rags to riches, not once but twice after World Wars! Never met people whose city consisted of only 2 *alive* buildings after World War 2, and they built an amazing city out of such a heap, so that the complete World would gave them a standing ovation! By the way, the only reason why those two buildings were spared was that they were the tallest structures in the city and their tallness helped the Bomber planes of Allied forces to recognize the city in night. (Guess the city :)). Never saw people, who not only built a country, but built a country with such an amazing infrastructure. And if you talk about German Railways, forget their ambience, forget their amazing connectivity at any hour during the day, forget the free travel in ICE trains, but the best thing was the cleanliness of toilets amongst all railways in Europe. NR Narayan Murthy was quite apt when he said: *A company is known by its toilets*. Let's extend it to countries, and that's where Germany stands! Never expected that I would get an email in 2 hours after the project groups were declared in the class, for project meeting in the night, for the project, whose submission was 3 months afterwards. Never would have imagined that I completed a project 27 days in advance (And that's why German car companies can never beat the Toyotas, they can never learn JIT). Never saw students who would drive 100 km to and fro, for a silly project in a subject.
And I am happy that I met such people in abundance during exchange program.
P.S.: All the German readers: Mark the nearest Starbucks Coffee joint for me!
P.P.S.: will explain the other four *dekhne-layak* things soon.