"One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things" - Henry Miller
Life in Germany is a lot different than life in Portland, Oregon and from the United States in general. It's obviously not too different because it is a first world country and many people here speak English, however there are many small differences that I have found between the two countries.
The weather is pretty similar between the two places (there is a lot of rain). Right now there is beautiful foliage here in Germany and in Portland, at least this time last year there was also beautiful foliage.
Portland this time last year
|View of the Englischer Garten from my window in Munich|
I think once it comes to winter though it will be something else. Here I am expecting a lot of snow (something that coming from Vermont I am very much looking forward to). In Portland the weather in the winter is a constant grey drizzle. Which is fine and dandy and good for studying and not too cold so I actually have grown to kind of like it. I am looking forward to being able to look out my window and see a pile of snow though. It's already much colder here than in Portland, but with snow I will be able to deal with the cold.
I think a big part of studying abroad is seeing the differences between your host country and your home country and to see them as nothing more than differences. The way we do things in America is not necessarily the "right" way or the "good" way it's just different. Same goes to how things in Germany and in other countries are done. Also the more you see the differences the more you realize how similar two countries and two peoples are.
So here is my list of differences between Germany and the United States. Not having to do with anything in particular, just observations.