how to survive in Germany, Deutschland without cultural barriers, best and worst of Germany
I was attending a workshop in Germany. The speaker was American. After speaking and performing for an hour, he suddenly said with a voice that was showing he was meaning it:
– When I talk to you smile, would you be so kind and smile back at me?!
A few long second of silence. The moment when everybody hopes there IS a fly in the room. And then someone started timidly clapping. I joined. Another strange moment of clapping just the two of you in a room of 130 people. After few another long seconds everybody joined.
That is right, do not dare to smile, you are risking to look not German at all.