The Germans love their summer vacations, and it’s a big topic of conversation in Alissa’s office. But as Americans, we haven’t mastered this part of the culture yet. American vacations often take place within the country; New York City, Vegas, the Grand Canyon. We’re used to hearing about these kinds of vacations, and we respond with “oh, that sounds like fun!”
To American ears, German vacations sound much more extravagant.
German Guy: “Where will you vacation this summer?”
German Girl: “My husband and I are taking the kids to some small islands off the coast of France.”
German Guy: “Oh, that sounds like fun!”
American: “You’re going to France?! That’s a whole other country! With ISLANDS! How cool are French ISLANDS?? You’re going to hang out on exotic islands off the coast of France! THAT’S GOING TO BE THE BEST FEW DAYS OF YOUR LIFE!”
German Girl: “Well, since I can only afford to take half of my vacation days, we will only be there for a little over three weeks.”
American: “YOU’RE LEAVING TO GO LIVE ON SMALL PARADISE ISLANDS OFF THE COAST OF FRANCE!!
German Girl: “Well, what about you?”
American: “I was going to take two days off to stay home and eat bread and butter. Maybe catch up on some email.
American: “What’s wrong?”