Love of the Written Word
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I am not sure whether I am allowed to sort of advertise here, but I absolutely love Waterstones, a big chain of bookstores in
British people just love books and written language, in general. You can see that in so many places. Newspapers are ridiculously cheap, they all cost way under a British pound, while German ones can be three times that price. Books are everywhere, even in supermarkets, for discounted prices. In
British libraries are another form of heaven! In Beeston, Nottinghamshire, where I lived, there was a wonderfully equipped library open every day 10:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., and until 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays. They are only closed on Sundays. In
Creative writing is offered as programme you can study at many British universities. It is even possible to do a Ph.D.! There is no chance of such a thing in
In my own personal interpretation, this must be because German culture is strictly efficient, grounded in reality. In Britain, people don't push themselves to be perfect all the time the way Germans often do, instead they leave more room for themselves to escape to other worlds, for example by either reading or writing. Celebrating books and writing in the way the British do would be seen by many Germans as a waste of time and energy. Yes, there are book stores in
I love books, in all shapes and sizes, as any reader has probably gathered from the above. I love their texture, smell, and most of all their content, the way you can enter into a completely different world just by following words on pages with your eyes. My world would be a very sad place indeed if, for some reason, I was no longer able to read. Many British people seem to share this feeling, or they wouldn't cherish their books so much. Thinking about this fact, and enjoying the opportunity to have access to books at every corner in their country, made me feel that I had come to the absolutely right place when I arrived in
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