It’s hard to make such a generalization like that, but after living in Germany for the last 13 years I’ve noticed that as a rule, a Germans’ friendliness towards strangers is many levels lower than that of an American. I think this may have to do with a root difference between the two cultures. Growing up in a European country means that you are used to different languages and cultures. I think it is totally natural for you not to care so much about something different like say, someone’s accent or way of dressing. In the end, I think this may result in what appears to me as a sort of indifference to strangers. As a newcomer, I remember thinking Germans were quite rude, but the reality is they just cared less than what I was accustomed to. Americans, on the other hand, have a general openness and interest when confronted with someone from out of the country, for example. It is most likely a result of the simple fact that they are confronted with it far less than Europeans. Maybe it’s also just the way Americans have evolved since the Western American society was created and continues to flourish because of its ability to assimilate new cultures into their society. #expatliving #expatlife #expatlifestyle #americansingermany