When Adam chose this month’s topic for our Blogger Stammtisch green spaces and parks, I actually laughed out loud. Why? Because green spaces are probably what I miss most from Germany (of course except for people). I mean yes, some German foods, drinks you can only find in Germany, … all that sometimes makes me miss my home country. But green spaces and parks? They barely exist here in the dry South Plains. There’s a park I run in here in Lubbock sometimes and it’s really only green a few months in spring and a few months in the fall.
But what’s even more different than the lack of green spaces is the attitude toward being outside. You see, in Germany the weather can be pretty bad and it can be overcast a lot. So when the sun comes out, everybody flocks outside. The moment it gets warms enough (even if barely so), us Germans tend to make the most of it. Cafés put their tables and chairs outside, restaurants serve food on their patios or anywhere they can fit a few tables really, and everybody wants to sit outside. I love that time of the year! When I first moved to sunny West Texas, I couldn’t believe that the weather was almost always sunny and warm. I mean, every morning I would wake up and open the door and be happy about the blue sky. I started taking it for granted and now I get kind of moody when it rains for more than two, three days. Anyways, when I first moved here, people would suggest to eat out or go out for a drink and I couldn’t understand why there were so few places to sit outside. Why would people NOT want to sit outside when it’s warm/hot, sunny, and the sky is blue? I still don’t get it and tend to prefer restaurants that have a patio and bars that serve drinks outside, but I’ve gotten over my initial shock of people preferring air conditioned rooms. I’m also happier with less green…. It rains so little here that things can’t really be green. When I discovered that the new Chipotle in town had an area where you can eat your burritos and tacos outside I was so happy – despite the fact that you basically sit in a fenced in area that’s between the restaurant and the parking not. Who cares? It’s outside! And it’s sunny here 🙂
I just have to imagine some of the pretty German scenery or a proper Biergarten…
Check out some of the other Blogger Stammtisch members’ musings on green spaces and parks here:
And for next month’s Blogger Stammtisch, look out for football/soccer-themed posts.
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