After two weeks in Germany and Austria, I was somewhat excited to get back to the States. Please don’t misunderstand, like always, I had an absolute blast seeing my family and taking in the sights and sounds of a foreign country. I strongly support an extended visit, if not fully living in another country. But as Quentin Tarrantino so eloquently put it in his hit movie Pulp Fiction, “it’s just there it’s a little different.”
Vincent: But you know what the funniest thing about Europe is?
Vincent: It’s the little differences. I mean they got the same [stuff] over there that they got here, but it’s just – it’s just there it’s a little different.
So here, in no particular order, is my list of 8 interesting differences between Germany and the United States. For this discussion, I am excluding extremely obvious differences such as language, the metric system, government types, etc.
1.) Speed Limit
4.) Sex & Nudity
6.) Cell Phones
#1 Speed Limit
I love the way Germans drive. They have a way of respecting each other on the road and are much more conscious about moving into the right lane after passing. How many times can you recall driving down an American Interstate to see some person creating a bottleneck in the left lane because of no better reason than they prefer that side of the road? The autobahn, and the lack of a speed limit in some areas, is successful because Germans know that the left lane is for going fast and passing and the right lane is for slower traffic. It is as simple as that. I believe that if more Americans would embrace the idea (and in some cases the un-enforced law) of “Drive Right, Pass Left,” we would all be much better off, regardless of the speed limit.