So a couple of weeks ago we were out with a German girl, she has been here 3 years and as her visa expires she'll have to leave by the end of July. She is a teacher so she has vacation now and will be traveling in July. She was telling us how her boyfriend who lives in Germany was not able to come visit her because his company does vacation 3 weeks in August and he thus is not able to get time off any other time during the summer. Our (or my) response to that was ‘Oh my God,that is sooo crazy! How can that be? How can they force him to take three weeks of vacation in August? That is terrible! I could not live with that” etc. etc..
Then on Friday night we went to one of my colleague’s home to have dinner with her and her husband and Carrie and her husband. There we learnt that Americans have two weeks of vacation A YEAR and that it, many places, is frowned upon to take both weeks (or any vacation at all)… I guess the German way does not sound so bad compared to that… I am amazed that this is reality in the States. Even though Michael is a little more understanding (I guess we do reduce productivity or effectively during June, July, and August as we all take turns going on vacation), I do not think he would want it any other way (at least not the American way).