I am a teenager from the Czech republic.
I was in Germany as an exchange student. I was about to spend one schoolyear there but after 5 months, I had to leave that country.
First I'd like to tell you that before I travelled to Germany, I really loved that country: The people
were often very friendly to me and my family when we spent our holidays there, I loved Bavaria and Bavarian food, I was totally in love with the German language and I wanted to move there and to spend my whole life there. But now I have a different point of view: I was too young and stupid. The real Germany is different.
I tried to make new friends all the time but almost every time I thought I found a new friend, it was a mistake: We laughed together, I heard:"Oh, wow, it's so fun with you!" and so on and the next day, that person acted like:"What? Who are you? I don't know you, please, let me alone." I was never able to understand this.
I had quite good marks at school and some of my schoolmates didn't like me because their marks were worse. They were just walking around me and ignoring me.
The next thing which shocked me was that many Germans (at age 30-35+) didn't even know that my country isn't Czechoslovakia anymore.
A lot of my schoolmates also asked me what time it is in my country, if we have mobile phones there, if we can make a driving license there and so on. I thought they were joking but after some time it got serious and they acted to me like:"Oh my God, that is the dirty Russian!" and they told me I was very "Ostblockmäßig".
When I asked my host family if they are going to visit my country, when I leave, they told me:"No, sorry, we're afraid that our car will be stolen there"
Once my host father told me:"Why can't you finally get it? People here don't care if you're Czech, Polak, Ukrainian or Russian. When you hear Chinese, do you recognize that that person, who is speaking, is Chinese and not Korean or Japanese?"
Germans were talking about me like about a monkey who came from a land which is full of protitutes, drug dealers and drunk homeless people. But they didn't even know that Prague is the Czech capital.
Turks, Muslims, black people, Asian people - they all were ok and welcome for the Germans but I was the only bad one.
The other exchange students were from Finland, Norway, France - they were all very popular and everyone wanted to be their friend but who did care about me? Nobody.
The next thing I minded a lot was that everyone thought they can do anything they want to me and I would never defend myself. And they were right: every time I said something, my host family was angry and I had to excuse myself and then I was better saying nothing. So many people were still insulting me there and joking about me.
I could never recognise who liked me and who didn't, the Germans were so cold!
But yeah, I met also some very good and friendly people who I still stay in touch with until today.
But at the end, I was so disappointed that I had to leave Germany immediately.
But still I learnt one very important thing: I learnt to love my country and to be happy for the place I live in. I am never going to leave my homeland and to live abroad. My country is maybe not as rich as Germany but the life quality is very very good here and the people are different here: They are mostly friendly, open and outgoing and if they don't like you, they tell it to you and walk away. In Germany NOBODY ever told me that, instead of that, the people were telling me: "Yeah, it's ok, we like you." and then they were acting bad to me.
So that's my story. I always wanted opinions from other people about this so that's the reason why I have wrote it, I don't want to insult anyone.