One of the most charming things about a visit to MODERN DTSB is the fact that 8 out of 10 people DT SB are not there by choice.. The other 2 are either cops or vagrants, (read article in link below) so generally avoid making any direct eye contact with anyone on the streets, and you'll fit right in. Just remember the BRAND NEW County Jail is just down the street, and they have plenty of room and lots of FRIENDLY people there.
If you're heading to the Amish Country, please remember:
1) Never Ask an Amish person to pose for a photograph.
2) Amish buggies have the same right of way as automobiles. Pass them only when traffic allows and never use your horn.
3) Pedestrians are everywhere in Amish country. Reduce your speed and allow plenty of room.
4) Amish homes are private residences. Respect their privacy. Feel free to stop however, whenever signs advertise goods for sale.
Football at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, is an almost "holy" and untouchable thing. Who knows the movie "Rudy" about a kid who´s dream it is to play football for the legendary Notre Dame Fighting Irish? I watched this movie a couple of times.
Another legend about Notre Dame football has something to do with Jesus. A huge Christ painting covers the backside of Notre Dame´s library building. It is said that from that position Jesus was always able to look into the stadium and watch football. But then a couple of years ago several thousand new seats were added to the stadium and higher walls were erected. The result: Jesus could not look into the stadium anymore. And from that point on Notre Dame did not win a championship anymore!
Don´t know bout the truth of this legend. But some old Notre Dame fan told me the story.
There are not really special customs in the South Bend/Mishawaka area. But the area is close to the Amish Country in northern Indiana (Elkhart and surrounding towns points east and south). Those towns have more Amish traditions. There may be some special customs observed there. Please see the web site below for more information.
Well, I think it's safe to say that the Irish (those that attend Notre Dame) are fanatical about their school and their football! So, don't insult them or their team... you're likely to evoke a not-so-friendly response! Also, refrain from wearing shirts from other schools ... I got yelled at for that!