FINAL THOUGHTS ON GERMANY
What surprised me was how many people young and old smoke. They all walk around with cigarettes and then drop their butts and grind them out on the ground. One guy was puffing madly before getting onto the tram, but then another guy got on at a stop and as he got into our car, blew his smoke into the air. Pee-u!
I remember how the women in Paris do not make eye contact or smile at strangers. In Germany, they don't either. Well, they do look at you, but they just look with a dour expression and don't smile. I tend to smile at people, so had to stop or I looked a little silly....or American.
In most countries, if you walk into a store or are in a restaurant and say hello, they immediately switch to English acknowledging you probably don't know their language. In Germany, they just stare at you or ask you something in German, to which you then must reply that you don't speak their language. Then you politely ask if they speak English and they always say, "A little."