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  •  Understanding Germans (3+ / 0-)
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    translatorpro, Debby, citisven

    took me about 10 years. I've been married to one for nine.

    But there is a way of doing things here that puts people first. IOW I find that the infrastructure is designed to help people not to maximize profit for business.  

    German CBDs are lively. People can walk in the pedestrian zones and do their shopping and have lunch outside by the Rathaus instead of inside a boxed-in mall with artificial climate. You don't have to go everywhere in a car. Between towns there are bike paths that run alongside the highway, even if they are 30 km apart, and then there are walking trails between the small towns.  You can rent out an ebike by the hour from Deutsche Bahn if you don't want to drive in the city and there's always the bus and U-Bahn. There's good train service between most towns. There are bakeries and pharmacies on every corner along with health food stores instead of predatory lenders and 7/11s.  The houses are built to last centuries with hard tiled rooftops.  Almost everyone has good healthcare and television commercials aren't blaring on television every 10 minutes trying to sell cars, aspirin or Viagra.

    So, it amazes me that Germans have made an art and science about complaining and then come back from their vacations to America and talk about how wonderful it is in the land where "everything is possible."   Blows my fucking mind.

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