10/ The entirely marvellous experience of riding a @DB_Presse InterCity Express across rolling, wooded hills and past chocolate box towns without paying a @#£&ing fortune.
Also, the 'Zenk Yoo For Travellink Wiz Deutsche Bahn' announcements.
8/ Doing the 'BONG! Hier ist das Erste Deutsche Fernsehen mit der Tagesschau!' every night with @Tagesschau.
Also, the occasional joyful wackiness of an otherwise serious news program.
7/ Finding one's self in a village an hour away from the nearest city, thanks to a train slip-up, listening to some crazy old dude in a keller talk about outrageously spooky folklore.
This happens to me all the time there.
2/ Christmas Markets. Germans take them deadly seriously - nearly every town and city has them, and not only they do Christmas stuff, but great homemade food and wares too.
Once you find your favourite, you're loathe to tell anyone!
1/Random-ass public holidays, religious festivals and traditions, like how kids parade around with lanterns on Martinmas and it's a BIG DEAL.
Tradition means something - and all comers can get involved.
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