People (Germans, Berliners..), Berlin
Berlin's postwomen and postmen were dressed in nice looking black-yellow uniforms as on my picture. They were working hard using various vehicles (bicycles usually) on Saturday morning when I met a few of them including one pretty postwoman but... I was afraid to take a picture of her. Hmm... I am not at all paparazzi.
Must one be pretty (women) or handsome (men) to get a job in Bundespost (German Post) ?
Berliners have their own way of doing things, and are my favorite type of german, although they are famous for being exceptionally rude and nasty, which is just the way I like it. nobody would really have it any other way! New york is my favorite american city, after all! if someone starts screaming at you on the street it#s ok to scream back at them and then tease them and break the tension--you'll get more respect and show that you are becoming Berlin! i would take care not to mess with the little old ladies though, they are ruthless.
Generally, but not always, Germans are more reserved and shy than say, people from Italy or the US. It takes a little more time to get to know people and you don't really meet people casually and make friends in clubs or in the workplace. It doesn't mean that they are mean, though, there are plenty of nice people here! Just keep in mind that it is a more introverted culture and that people are generally friendly and helpful if you go up and talk to them. actually, they really like it, so go ahead and do it. but please ask first before pinching someone's bottom
Greeting someone in Berlin
Business people in Germany tend to be formal. When greeting someone it is considered polite to rise to your feet to shake their hand. People should always be addressed by their titles until invited to do otherwise. Preface a man's last name with 'Herr', and a woman's 'Frau' or 'Fräulein' (Miss).
Berlin is very much about individuality. Everybody dresses the way he likes to and doesn't follow a big trend. Munich, Dusseldorf and Hamburg are totally different. All the young people are proud of there own style and intend on keeping it. You will not have many difficulties with doormen - except for a few places, of course.
Style of wearing trousers !! It was really interesting to see a lot of teenagers with trouses, which they could loose !! And all kind of underwear !! Unbelievable !! i thing, this is the last cream of fashion, but.. sometimes it is just not so nice :)
If someone bumps into you while you're walking down an uncrowded sidewalk, just square your shoulder and plow right into them. This happened to me so many times that I just started tensing up every time I passed anyone. I also saw it happen to many other people, including an old woman.
Don't be afraid of the Berlin citizen, they a little rough and the older but also a lot of the young people do not speak english. So take a german dictonary with you , some german words will make thinks easier for you but you definitly will meet people they speak english.
Anyway you love or you hate Berlin!
It gave me pleasure to see one very large mustache. it is a tradition in Germany, and so seldom found in the cities any longer. This person wore it proudly.
Berliners love having picnics. On a sunny and warm day every piece of grass seems to be taken by crowds of people relaxing, having a barbecue, playing games, enjoying themselves.