Jonathan lives in South West Germany, near Lake Constance, after spending 8 years in Munich with his German wife, whose parents also live near the Lake, in the countryside. They met at university in London and in 2012, came to settle in Germany, his wife having had a very interesting professional offer.
What he loves about his life in Germany? His professional opportunities and his life less stressful than in Paris. He works in computer security.
The Germans are very reserved but when they “adopt” you, it’s solid and sincere. But you have to make the effort to reach out to them. They are genuine and real. Life in Munich being very expensive and the land in the village of his parents-in-law being accessible, they bought it and had their house built. They have been living there for 3 months. The Germans are in love with the South of France, a lot of exchanges with the Universities, but they know less well Paris of which they have a romantic idea.
He lived in St Germain en Laye, where he spent all his childhood and adolescence. He came to “hang out” in Paris with his friends, rather in the West of Paris for his restaurants, his clubs, like La Seine in the 15th. What does he miss about Paris? Its monuments and cultural offer. The Parc des Princes for football, the 16th, 15th, 8th, Avenue Kléber where he studied, the Opera district, were his favorite places.
To see in Germany: the city of Berlin to understand the history of this country. Munich is very beautiful, very green and the nature there is magnificent. Bavaria is still unspoiled and beautiful. We have a lot respect for the environment and the planet. It is established and respected by the population.
Gastronomy : Sausages, sauerkraut are the typical dishes but we don’t eat that every day. The gastronomy is not up to that of France, but there is many very good restaurants, starred chefs. German bread is very good. We dine no later than 7 p.m. The Germans start work at 6 a.m., but at 7 p.m. their day is over.