After 21 hours, trade ceases: all shops and pharmacies are closed. If you got something, wait until the morning. They didn’t stock up on time, and the stomach rumbles from hunger - the next time you go to the supermarket early. By the way, as in the United States, without a prescription from a doctor in a pharmacy you can’t buy anything except aspirin and cough tablets.
About the Germans
Stereotypes in this regard do not lie, the Germans plow at work, like horses. No breaks, unmotivated "coffee breaks." Everyone is very polite and smiling. Going into a bar or another grim place, it is customary to greet everyone, leaving - say goodbye. But at the same time, a German can easily call the police if the neighbor, in his opinion, has a too loud television. Vladislav is trying to determine the difference between the Germans and the Russians:
What is the difference between Russian and German? Russians live by concepts, Germans live by law. They follow the letter of the law, they know their rights, and the concept of humanity is completely absent for them.
The main Russian holidays - New Year, March 8 and February 23 - are not in favor here. January 2, everyone is already going to work. If a German has invited a guest to his place, then you should not count on him being fed and drunk. All edible and drink will need to be taken with you.
Attitude to Russians and Putin
Most Germans have a normal attitude towards visitors from Russia, but some of them in the correct form begin to avoid subsequent communication. The influence of anti-Russian propaganda, concentrated on the personality of President Putin, is largely affected. After the events of 2014, the inhabitants of Germany (and not only them) were told what Putin is a bad, almost the worst person on Earth, because of which there are only troubles. However, gradually in Germany the agenda has changed. Now the media is explaining that the Russian president is doing a lot of good for Germany, and the general attitude from negative has changed to respectful.
The truth about the Great Patriotic War
All Russians know that the Third Reich was defeated by the USSR, and it was the red flag that was hung over the Reichstag. But modern Germans think otherwise. So, Vladislav was shocked to learn that at the Museum of the History of World War II there was no mention of the participation of Russian troops in the defeat of Hitler. Her husband calmly answered this as follows:
This is a completely different story.
In general, “not Russians won the Great Patriotic War” in the view of the inhabitants of Germany of the 21st century.
In Germany there are a lot of migrants. And they get priority over the locals in everything. For example, if there is a place in the school, then the child from the family of migrants, but not the Germans, will be the first to receive it. Tolerance.
Even more surprising is the debunking of the myths about universal luxury European pensions made by Vladislav:
No matter what we are told in Russia about the fact that in Europe and around the world all people have pensions and that pensioners can travel and so on, now people cannot even pay for some basic and vital things.
It is also curious that the vast majority of German citizens do not have their own housing, preferring rented accommodation.
But Germany would not have been Germany if there hadn’t been a branded "ordnung" here. The streets are clean, for a thrown cigarette butt a fine of 100 euros. Everywhere there are free toilets, special machines, where dog breeders can take bags to clean up their pets.
This was seen by our compatriot in modern Germany. According to her, she learned from the Germans that everything needed to be achieved on its own, and not look for workarounds for easy ways.