13. Biking through a red light on Unter den Linden
See those cops on bikes? When they first overtake you, with the word “Polizei” scrawled across the backs of their T-shirts, your first thought may be, “Oh, look how cute! Policemen on bikes!” Your second thought, as they cut you off, demand to see your ID, and ask you if know what you did wrong, will be, “Oh scheisse.”
14. Expecting to be treated on your birthday
Here in Germany, your birthday is apparently opposite day, and that means you’re expected to treat everyone else. Don’t even think of showing up at work, or anywhere in public, without a cake and a bottle of Sekt to pass around. And if you’re planning on gathering a group to go out to dinner, just make sure it’s a currywurst stand, because you’re the one who’s going to be paying. For everyone.