Germany: Culture Shock?

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Happy Valentine’s Day.

It’s been a while since I posted my last blog post. But I’m back with another one and it’s about the things I’ve noticed for some weeks now here in Germany.

1. Everyone is nice. Even the older people.
During my last stay here in Germany, when I was still a kid, I don’t recall everyone being this nice and helpful. Some days ago I was trying to get somewhere and I ask this younger kid and he didn’t know which direction I should take. Then this old woman came to me and asked where I was going and she was so helpful like God bless her heart. Prior to that at the train station too I was so confused, didn’t know how to buy a ticket and these older people around came to me and helped me out. And they were all smiles and I was like wow where did all this niceness come from? They made my day.

2. Assuming that I’m a refugee (from Somalia).
I found this a bit funny. While I was going to get myself something to eat, this man approached me and asked if I was from Somalia, and I said no. Then he asked what I was doing in Germany, and I said for studies and he started speaking french to me. I was answering him in German, but he decided that I could speak french and spoke french alone to me. I really didn’t have the time to explain to him that I was not from Somalia so I spoke to him in french too. I speak a bit of french.

3. I can walk to anywhere.
I’m not used to the bus and tram routes, but I figured out that I could just walk where ever I wanted to go. Before I came here, I didn’t walk around because it was so easy using the car to go everywhere. Here it’s kind of different because everything is connected one way or the other and I just love the cold air on my face as I walk. It feels amazing.

4. The air + Cigarettes + Weed
This is something I really don’t like. It’s been a long time since I spelt the smoke of cigarettes. The smell makes me feel suffocated and dizzy. Whenever I go out, my nose and mouth is always covered with my shawl because I cannot bare to smell cigarettes. I literally have to take a small sniff to see if I smell anything weird, if I do, I walk as fast as I can, if I don’t then its whew and I walk at my normal pace which is like power walking XD.
At the Bahnhof (railway station) some high school students were helping me out when I was looking for a bus to take me somewhere. After they finished helping me, they OPENLY offered each other weed. Like I was shocked. Like what in the world? Mind you, I’m from somewhere where weed isn’t acceptable and considered BAD and I don’t see things like these. Sure some of my classmates smoked weed and did so many other crazy things so I know it happens among teens a lot, but I didn’t expect it to be so open. I was lost like isn’t anyone going to say anything?? That part really threw me off.

I love Germany and it feels really good to be back.

I’ll be posting more Germany Updates as time goes by. Once again, Happy Valentines Day

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Talking To The Moon

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I know. you’re somewhere far away
The night when the blue star lights me up in the room
Lean on the window
Wait for the clouds to wobble in the wind
When the full moon gets a eclipse in my submerged pupil
Stay up all night with my eyes open

Talking to the moon
Maybe you’ll see the moon and talk to me
I expect like a fool
Try to call you but can not reach
My baby please, oh please, my baby

Someday when you listen to my voice in your dreams
Open your lips.
Don’t hesitate to answer. u miss me too
Wait for the clouds to wobble in the wind
Heart filled of longing
When the full moon gets a eclipse in my submerged pupil

Talking to the moon
Maybe you’ll see the moon and talk to me…

Listen to Talking To The Moon By KREAM. It’s a beautiful song.

Is Something Wrong With Me?

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February 5…and I still haven’t written any lyrics. I did write one in January, but I’m yet to edit it.

I really want to write, but I’m can’t. I’m not feeling sad, neither am I depressed or you know anything that’s not happy, or pleased with myself. I’m happy and I’m pleased with myself. But I can’t seem to get around writing a happy set of lyrics. I’ve written one before, I didn’t like it. Everyone else that saw it loved it, but I didn’t. It felt ‘not me’ and fake.

I can just listen to my sad songs playlist, they will definitely make me write something. And by sad songs I mean heart wrenching, deep songs that literally make you feel the pain and make you miss a lover you never had, or feel sad about a breakup you never had. I don’t want to do that because they’ll make me sad.

I really need to start writing happy things, if not Happy like Pharrell Williams, but a song that goes along that direction. A song that truly shows how I’m feeling now…the real me.

I should at least try again.

 

Flowers

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I met a girl with flowers in her hair
not a crown or a clip, but cherry blossoms
they bloomed from her ears and her scalp and the hollow of her neck
she was a garden of eden

I met a girl with flowers in her hair
and roots that ran all the way down through her feet
they never held her in place
instead, they made the earth upon which she stood her home

I met a girl with flowers in her hair
who let summer sunbeams catch her eyes
as they glistened among ferny tendrils
until the autumn came

(written by Nothing Much from hellopoetry)

Fighting Depression

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Yesterday night, my mood got blue and I was just down and sad. I remembered what I always tells people I counsel. “Fight that feeling and feel better. Use positive thoughts to counter the sad negative thoughts you’re having.”

At times even I don’t even take my own advise, but I thought, why not just take my own advise this time?

Guess what? It worked! Instead of my usual looking for sad heart wrenching songs, I looked for happy songs and I got up and started dancing. It’s been a long time since I danced and I had a good time in my room. After I finished and got ready for bed, I was just happy and my spirit was no longer down. I just felt so colourful and amazing. I’ll put down the songs I listened to down here:

1. Me Too by Meghan Trainor

2. No by Meghan Trainor

3. Better When I’m Dancin’ by Meghan Trainor

4. All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor

5. Happy by Pharrell Williams

6. Cheap Thrills by Sia

You can’t help but just start dancing when you listen to songs like that. The only way to fight against negative thoughts is positive thoughts. Try it, it’s worth it. Let lose!

Types of People I Met While Travelling

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Okay so I encountered different types of people. There was the pervy_nice guy, the ‘german’ advise giving guy, the loud kids and also the smarties_eating couples.

1. Pervy_Nice Guy: We met on my first plane here’s what out conversation was like.
Him: You can take of your shoes.
Me: Oh yeah thanks.
Him: You can take off everything else too.
*In my head I’m like what the hell…?*
Me: Hm no no and no.
Him: Come on, it can be two of us.
*I’m wondering why the heck I was even replying him*
Me: No no and no.
Him *pointing to my skirt*: I like your skirt.
Me: Thanks.
The we talked a bit more. I didn’t ask his name and he didn’t ask mine either. He was fun to talk to. He then helped me get to my next terminal for my following flight.
Him: You’re really beautiful, I was going to Germany, then I could see you.
Me: Thanks.
It’s really hard for me to accept compliments about how I look. I don’t really consider myself as pretty or beautiful. Only my family calls me beautiful, and it feels nice. But when an outsider compliments me, I don’t really know exactly how to feel except uncomfortable. Oh and he was kinda cute too… XD

2. The German Advise Giving Guy: While I was waiting for my next flight I took out a pack of gum and put one in my mouth. The man opposite me asked for one and I gave it to him. He then struck a conversation with me.
Him: Where are you going?
Me: Frankfurt.
Him: Oh me too.
Me: Nice.
Him: So what are you going to do there?
Me: To study.
Him: What do you want to study?
Me: I’m still thinking about it.
*Which is true, I was currently thinking about my studies. I don’t like giving people I don’t know infos about me just like that.*
The he starts giving me advise and telling me about his life and I just kept saying nice, wow, good. Because I suck at small talk. I even had to google how to small_talk… 🙂

3. Smarties_eating Couple: Beside me while waiting for the next plane there was this really adorable couple and they were sharing smarties. It made me miss my parents even more. My parents are always so lovey dovey. They’re the reason I believe that true love exists. And I pray for a love like theirs. I’m currently single and I am not into dating anymore, but when I do get to the whole love thing again, I want a love like theirs. It’s pure and beautiful. Every time he talks about her, there’s this glow in his face and his eyes shine like the stars. And I’m always thinking, Wow, I want that too.

4. The Loud Kids: So on my second flight, 3 kids sat behind me and the kept making noise (which was fine because they’re kids) then they started farting and the smell was coming to me and I was trying to sleep. It was horrible but I survived!

I had fun. Yeah there were times that I wished that I wasn’t on my own, but oh well. I’m a big girl now.