So what else can surprise an international in Germany?
Well, when I came to Giessen for the first time I was there only for 2 days to make some arrangements and that’s why I was walking through the city back and forth. And guess what was the most surprising thing that I could have seen on the streets?
OK… the answer is TRASH.
Not literally, what I mean it’s the stuff, that Germans had thrown away. Free stuff! I was just walking on the street and there was a huge white sofa that actually looked like a new one (just imo).
I even took a picture to share with friends, cause I was really shocked. To tell the truth, I thought that Germans are crazy (cause how can you throw away such things, you can at least sell it).
On that day I was even feeling shy to take this picture (you can see that :D) but things have changed…
So what’s with the trash?
Usually in Germany people are taking stuff out when they are making some renovations or just moving out. Maybe they are not selling it, cause the selling process takes time or just because of a good will. Anyway, of course, the first ones who are taking benefits out of it, are students. You can see young people dragging refrigerators, furniture, carpets and many other things to their places. And don’t worry, there is nothing shameful of it (of course, you don’t need to blow your own trumpet about it as well) – everyone does it!
My personal point of view is “WHY NOT?”. I mean, wouldn’t you take nice and, what’s more important, properly working refrigerator? I would, because as a student you don’t always have spare money.
And…since then I got actually a lot of stuff 🙂 Let me count…
- white cabinet
- a lot of nice plates (I’m not eating out of them, just taking nice pictures for my Instagram blog)
- few bottles and glasses for decoration
- coffee machine (that’s not a joke)
- cool fold-out chair
- REALLY helpful (and probably expensive) books for learning German language
- basket for my bike
- pretty gift wrappings
- I also got a vacuum cleaner from the neighbor, who was moving out 😀
Once, I was just walking around my neighborhood in the evening and there was sport exercise machine standing next to the trash cans, that costed around $200 (I wish I could take it)!!!
So, guys, watch out for some free stuff on the streets! Sometimes you can find things that you actually need or just would be helpful (like those German books for me). And by the way, it often happens that students leave unnecessary stuff in halls of dormitories or next to the building. So keep your eyes wide open!
Photos are taken from freepik.com (GIF created by Oleksandra Bucher)