I've been guilty,in the past, of believing certain stereotypes. I myself fit into a few... which I lovingly embrace. But so many are just wrong. (You guys know how I feel about the misconception that the French are rude. If you haven't read that post, it's on our Paris page.)
Now, I have to admit, before traveling to Germany I believed some of the stereotypes I had heard. I definitely thought I'd feel like I was getting yelled at the entire time because most things I had seen about Germany had this guy who seemed to be yelling all the time. I also thought we'd have to live on pretzels and beer. And though that wouldn't be a bad thing, we did not. But the misconception I'd like to address here is that Germans don't have a sense of humor. And, of course, I'll have to tell a story....
This story, like the previous post, takes place in Triberg in the Black Forest. All along the Triberg Waterfall are nature trails. It's breathtakingly beautiful and difficult to take it all in. Thanks to the blessing of digital, I can snap away at every whim to help jog my memory later on. And that's what I do, take pictures like some obsessed, crazy, camera lady. Everywhere I've been I have seen through one eye and a camera lens and I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm also a sucker for trying to get shots of things a little out of the ordinary. Sometimes these turn out great and other times they leave me scratching my head and wondering if I'll every let anyone actually see the picture. One of those opportunities presented itself at the Waterfall.
There was this old tree trunk and it was hollow on the inside. Why wouldn't everyone that passed by it get in it and take a picture??? I don't know why. I took advantage of the photo op though.
After I climb out I notice this older German couple has come up the trail behind us. The husband looks a little stern and is pointing over at me while saying something to his wife. She's shaking her head and he keeps pointing at us. At this point I realize he must be aggravated at me for climbing into this tree trunk. Maybe he thinks I'm messing it up or something. Jason and I kinda laugh it off and start to walk away and then we hear the couple chatting behind us. He wasn't mad at all!! He just wanted in on the action! Turns out he was trying to get his wife to get in the stump too! When she wouldn't do it he climbed in.
HILARIOUS! Now, they didn't speak any English and oh how I regret not being able to speak German because I would've loved to chat with this guy! We had a great laugh, though, despite the language barrier. Laughter is the same in every language.
My conclusion - Any grown man who would climb into a stump for a picture, especially when his wife refused, has a pretty good sense of humor. - Tega
I get my need for travel and exploring from my parents. No matter where we lived when I was growing up they made sure we explored every inch of it! Sometimes it was obvious why we were visiting a place and other times.... not so much. The latter were the times I'd ask "Now, why are we doing this??". My mom would always answer "So we can say we did". Good answer Mom. Words I live by to this day. Now, there may have been a chance I would've shaken this line of thought but around 11 years old I fell in love with one of the best story tellers around, Jimmy Buffett. When I heard him sing the words "you do it for the stories you can tell", well, that was it. Here was complete confirmation that almost anything was worthy of doing.... if for no other reason than for the story you could tell.