Below is an assorted list of some of the unexpected differences we found living in Munich. Photos throughout are of bizarre-to-us potato chip flavors.
Driving: It is illegal to pass on the right. Roads have almost no lookout point stops. There are often super long tunnels through mountains. Like the Alps.
Home: Bedding is two twin comforters on a queen-sized bed. It's actually genius because no one can steal the comforter in the middle of the night!
We lived next to a frat, who were great neighbors. They were silent and always have someone home to get you package
Package deliveries are left with your neighbor.
Toilets don't have paper seat covers. Toilet paper is rectangular, not square. Toilets flush with panel on wall, not handle. Bathrooms have hand air dryers not paper towels.
No screens on windows; Europe still has bugs and mosquitoes that sadly come in if you open the window.
Crucifixes are hanging everywhere: sides of homes, in bars, at the door to restaurants.
There are elaborate historical paintings on the sides of buildings. Not graffiti.
Food and groceries: No Reese's Peanut Butter Cups in all of Europe or pepperoni in southern Germany. Basically no bar soap or tampons. No bows for wrapping gifts. Just ribbon. Produce in supermarket is limited. Mostly buy at corner stands and it is super fresh, and will spoil if not eaten within 2-3 days. No tide to go pens. No pre made pie crust. McDonald's burger really is a Royale with Cheese, a la Pulp Fiction. They have cola flavored Capri Sun. Heinz 57: they actually have more than just two of the 57 sauces; easily twenty or so types in the supermarket.
You can't get tap water at restaurants. Also, no drinking fountains in parks; instead, community fountains you can fill your bottle at.
Tax (VAT) included in list price.
Camp David is a popular clothing brand, not the presidential retreat.
Movie playing in kid's area at the train station was a hunt for a fox, shot by arrow and complete with blood and hunting dogs happy they were successful in getting the fox.
Normal restaurants have urinals that have games. Get the soccer ball in the goal (how well can you aim, essentially). How do you measure up?
GOP is a theater show in downtown Munich.
Weather forecast is useless in Europe. Often completely wrong.
Lots of time off. 30 days average a year. Plus holidays. Not that rare to take two months off every couple of years.
Smoking is still very prevalent. Inside smoking is still ok in some countries.
Dogs are super well behaved and so go everywhere: subway, inside nice shops and restaurants.
Kids in strollers in cold weather are in essentially sleeping bags in the stroller.
No wedding rehearsals.