If you travel a lot or even if you don’t, you may have noticed that Germans are everywhere. They are probably some of the best traveled people. No matter how off the beaten track you think you’re going, they’re there. We’ve come across them in Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and they were probably in China too. They’re certainly in Tokyo.
In Bali, the Germans got up really early in the morning to reserve beach chairs. It actually even turned out that the resort we stayed at was owned by Germans. We didn’t meet many Germans in Sri Lanka, but that was apparently a coincidence because there was a Sri Lanka student in one of my language classes who was in Germany to learn the language because they got so many German tourists. Peter, my language teacher, even joked in a class that Majorca is part of Germany.
Now that I’ve spent some time here the national obsession with travel is quite clear. I’ve never been anywhere where there are so many Reiseburos, or travel agencies. There are as many travel agencies in Berlin as there are probably McDonald’s in New York City. Maybe more.
(Note:For the German speakers out there (that would be you PMK), I do realize that there is an umlaut on top of the O in Reiseburos, but I’ve given up a long time ago trying to put proper accents in foreign words.)