Germany: Home or a foreign land?
Germany: Home or a foreign land?

Today after a long time I am wondering about my life in Germany.
I moved here when I was 12 from Great Britain. It was a huge turning point in my life as I was moving to a country with a different culture and mentality. I heard many stereotypical things about Germany from fellow students in London. They used to tell me about Nazi’s and how they disliked foreigners from entering Germany (In reality this isn’t true because the average German doesn’t like Nazi racists). I was also a bit scared at the beginning. My dad always used to tell me about how punctual Germans were and how they loved their rules, organization and structure. That cheered me up a bit and made me feel like going to this new land and embrace its system.
It was a bit strange for me when I entered Germany in 2010 because as I was entering, there weren’t many people to see and that was a horrific shock (allow me to be a bit hyperbolic). I was always used to see crowded streets in the UK and here I was in Germany seeing the streets empty. Well I got over it and came to know that people normally don’t come out on a Sunday in Germany and they even have a special name for it. They call it “Ruhetag” (Day of rest or resting day).
I am living here in Germany for 7 years now and there were lots of ups and downs but sometimes I just wonder if this is really my country. Do I feel comfortable with the people of this land? Obviously I am used to the culture to a certain extent as I am living here for nearly 7 years and I went to school in Germany but I still ask myself if I can call this country my home. Many people would directly say no because of their national feelings towards their home country (which in my opinion is understandable). They say that the culture of the country is not theirs and they would’ve never stepped in this country if they didn’t have to. They don’t talk with other Germans in their free time and only socialize with their own countrymen.
Others would easily say yes. They say that Germany provided them with the basic needs of a human being and they couldn’t thank this country enough (I can comprehend this argument too).
This is how I see it. Maybe this isn’t my home country and the people don’t speak my mother tongue but it still doesn’t change the fact that I am living here. People see it way too emotionally. There’s a huge difference between rational thinking and emotional thinking. If I see the case rationally, then I can see that I am living here and one day I will be working here. So theoretically, this is my home country (currently) but only in theory. I am not saying that everyone should call this their homeland but as long as they are staying here, socialize with the Germans, learn more about their culture, and see how they live, you don’t have to live like them but there is no problem in knowing about their lifestyle. Maybe you will find an aspect that matches with your culture, you never know. So basically in my opinion, the country is nothing of the both. It’s neither my homeland nor a foreign land, it’s my current residence and as long as I’m residing here I will learn more about these people (trust me, 7 years isn’t enough) and their culture and respect it as they respect mine.




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