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So today, whilst Skyping with someone (okay, fine—I was Skyping with my parents), I confessed that, while there is a lot to like about Germany, I don’t know that I love all that much about Germany. I came here not for the country itself, but because the country holds archives from a country that has a culture about which I’m really passionate and which I’ve studied pretty extensively (as far as anyone can as an undergraduate, anyway). Germany’s never been the end for me, is what I’m saying. It’s been the means (the means in which I’ve had to go to the visa procuring office thrice without ever procuring a visa).
But I ended this Skype call and thought about what I’d said. And I realized that, if I don’t change my attitude—if I don’t start looking for things to love here, and seeing German linguistic and cultural appreciation as an ends in and of itself, and trying to meet more German people (not that I don’t love you, Erasmus boos), and realizing, every day, how lucky I am to be here—I will have squandered an opportunity that I am, in all likelihood, never going to come across again. And so that is what I am going to do (change my attitude, I mean; not squander the opportunity). And so, without further ado, here are some things that I already love about Germany: