Ten Things I love about living in Germany

Having lived in Germany for a while, I can safely say that there are many things that I love about living here.

From every day life to work life to social life, I have found many interesting aspects that have brought me enjoyment and satisfaction.

In fact there are so many things that I enjoy about life in Germany that I had to limit my list to ten!

So, here goes!

  1. German architecture. I love the older buildings, the farm buildings and the village´s architecture. I also really enjoy the modern architecture. The highly environmentally friendly houses. The houses that come almost ready made and are ready to live in, within 2 to 3 weeks!
  2. The woodlands. There are so many beautiful woods in Germany. The area where I live is surrounded by many wooded areas. I love the fresh air they produce, the beauty of the trees, their changes as the seasons change, and the many footpaths that are there for everyone to walk on and enjoy.
  3. The wild life. From my conservatory I look straight into the woods that are behind my home. There I see many Deer, they often visit my garden and eat the fallen apples from my apple tree! The Hedgehogs that ran around my garden from the woods and stop to look at me with their head sideways turned, before they run away back into the woods. The foxes. The incredible variety of birds. And finally but not least the wolves. Yes, there are wolves in the woods. But luckily not in the wood behind my house. How do I know that? Well, the Deer are still here!
  4. The weather. Believe it or not! The temperatures are not extreme at all. Having lived before in other lands where in winter it went to -27 and in another country where in the summer it went to 54, temperatures in Germany are enjoyable. I love it that I can go out at 10 o´clock at night in the summer and have my car windows open without feeling cold.
  5. The German language. Yes! you read it right. At first I thought I would never learn it, but then it was like I had fallen in love with this language. I couldn´t get enough of it. There are expressions in German that make me laugh, there is a word that literally translated means: “a face badly in need of a slap”! Or the composite words that make absolute logical sense when translated. 
  6. German modern music. I have some favourite artists, and I really love their music. The sound of the words in the songs and the content in their songs with a depth that has been forgotten by other singers in other parts of the world. Whereas many modern music artists seem to be focusing on superficial things, my favourite German artists are singing about the things that bring me to reflection and the enjoyment of real life.
  7. Bicycles. Everybody has a bicycle and if you don´t have one because you are new here then a good hearted German person will help you find one! We all ride our bicycles as much as possible. I rarely see people walking around except in busy shopping areas in the city and even there, people ride their bicycles by. When given with a choice, we would all choose to ride our bikes to the shops, doctors and work. For fun, for pleasure and for work. No matter the age. From Children to the elderly, people enjoy their bicycles no matter what. I love seeing in the morning women that ride their bicycles to work in their high heels! Or on a rainy day how people ride their bicycles under  an umbrella! Maybe that is why those of us that live in Germany are fitter and healthier than many.
  8. Roads, bicycle paths and agricultural roads. I love that the roads are slightly curved so that when it rains the water runs off the road easily. It makes them safer. I specially enjoy all the bicycle paths! There are paths for bicycles everywhere. And I like the agricultural roads, They are there to connect farms and fields with each other, they are supposed to be used by farmers and farm traffic…. supposed to… in reality many use them as a short cut to wherever they are trying to get to or just to enjoy the views.
  9. Breakfast. In Germany breakfast is a special event. I love how people here celebrate their birthdays or other special dates by starting their day surrounded by their friends and family, around the breakfast table. This is no ordinary breakfast but a really wonderful set up of a variety of foods and delicious breads, fruit, fish, you name it! Candles are lit and flowers decorate the table. People actually dress up for breakfast. It beats a bowl of cornflakes any day!
  10. Happy people. The majority of German people are happy, cheerful and friendly. They take time to talk with other people. They listen. They laugh and joke and smile, even early in the morning! I can´t remember seeing road rage here. They have their own way of passing by! and they don´t get worked up about it. I like that women here look like women even when they are wearing jeans and men look and behave like men. I have never heard of a German man being told to find his feminine side! 

I have the feeling that 10 is not enough! I look forward to continuing to enjoy life in Germany. Why not visit Germany sometime?
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Happy Wife = Happy Life

Wives who are happy blossom. They look more beautiful every day. They apply themselves to everything they do and try to do it right. They make their houses into welcoming homes.

A woman has the ability to affect the atmosphere of  any room with her mood. A happy and radiant wife will turn a home into a little bit of heaven. An unhappy wife will bring a sad and heavy feeling into the home and every day life.

Most men know what makes their wives happy and what makes them truly unhappy.

Men who truly love their wives strive to do everything they can to not do anything that makes their wives unhappy. Of course we are all human and do make mistakes, but the important thing is not to keep on making the same mistakes. If something that you did made your wife unhappy and made her cry, don´t do it again! 
Obvious! but why is it that some people keep on making the same mistakes over and over again until their relationships fail? 
Once a relationship has truly failed there is no way back. Once the love dies it is the end.

But before you get to that point it is time to wake up and take care of your wife and your relationship.

Take a little bit of time everyday to get to know your wife all over again. Bring romance into your relationship and lavish your wife with your love. Encourage her, praise her for her beauty and what she does right, motivate her to keep growing as a person and allow her the freedom to be herself. 
From one happy husband to many!

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Friday Freedom

After a week full with work and commitments there is nothing better than to have that feeling of freedom that comes with Friday!

But true freedom does not depend on which day of the week it is. It does not depend on where you live or who you live with.

True freedom comes from having peace of mind and peace in  the heart. True freedom comes from being true to yourself and admiting to the truth inside of you.

A while back we used to work together for someone else, but the people working with us didn´t think it was OK for us to work together. They made our work life very difficult and it spilt over into our private lives. We nearly lost each other. As we drifted away I wanted to tell her everything that was in my heart:

“The first time we kissed I felt the time going really fast, I felt I had the whole world in my hand, I felt so happy, I felt we were the only two people in the world.
I remember when we walked by the river, I looked at you, how you moved, how you talked, I felt I wanted to hide you inside my heart and not let anyone see you, to keep you safe from the whole world. I wanted those moments to never go away.

Now we have been 3 years together and my love grows more and more everyday.

What words do I need to say to you? my sweet girl or my queen?. Even when you get up in the morning and you leave to go to your job, I feel really scared for you, but I try to hide it inside myself, so that I don´t show my worry for you.  But you are my Queen, the love of my life, my inspiration and my best friend.

I want us to do the things you like and make you happy but time slips away and takes me from you for a little bit because I think so much about how to build a better life. And then I see that we have already a better life because we have each other.”

I still feel the same way about her…

If you work with your husband or wife, keep work life and home life apart. Write a schedule where work times and home life times are clearly defined. Build barriers that nobody is allowed to cross over and above all protect your relationship.

There are many jobs out there and every worker could be easily replaced but you can not replace the person that loves you and cares for you, the one that travels through this life by your side

Life takes you through many roads and sometimes people try to lead you down a road you should never take.

Value yourself and your relationship.

Don´t let yourself be limited, conditioned and influenced by the expectations of people around you who try to push on you their personal views on your private life.

We have defeated the meath. We have now worked together on writing our books for over a year and are working together on this Blog. We do it without allowing outside influence into our private world. We have peace inside our work life, home life and inside our hearts.

Wishing you Friday Freedom and peace in your heart.

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Living in Peace

One of the nicest things in life is to live in peace. When you have your family around you and you are there for each other then you know you are not alone.
Many people search for peace in all different areas of life. Peace at work, peace at home, peace in their family relationships, peace in their marriage, peace in the world and peace with themselves.
For me the search for peace took me on a 3 months walk, all the way from the war until I reached Germany. Although there is peace in Germany, the war goes on in my country and therefore my search for peace did not end with my arrival in a country without war.

I search for peace within my thoughts and in my heart. In some areas of my life I am fully at peace, for example in my relationship. But I have no peace when it comes to the safety of my family. I wait daily to hear news from them and ask myself when will I meet them again in person.

I watch and read the news regularly to check the updates on the war and try to find some peace about my family.

I miss my family but I am grateful that I have them. I give thanks to God for my family and their love and for the life and freedom I now have in Germany.

Where has your search for peace led you?

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Copyright © 2018 Beatriz Custodio & Mohammed Al Ali.)