cultural diversity, Mainz
Mainz - like most of western Germany - offers a bewildering array of cultural options. Yes, the Germans do like the exotic and the erotic - their attitude toward matters sexual could be called open and inquisitive, or it could be called prurient and nosy, but it's certainly different from the American perspective!
But at the same time the Germans also have a market for "wholesome family entertainment." There's more than a little vein traditional sentiment and conventionality in contemporary German culture.
So don't be surprised to see one poster advertising the City's famous "prostitute's ball" right next to another one advertizing a coming production of the Biblical epic, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."
The people in this part of Germany are pretty friendly, almost as nice as in Eastern Germany, so be kind back people! Say hello, goodbye, thank you, please, etc. Even if you do so in English, at least you are trying. The people in grocery stores helped me pack my backpack full of groceries and one even picked up the extra part of the bill I couldn't cover.
I saw some people walking without any shoes in the city downtown ... can this be considered a cultural tip :-) ????