Cracking the Coconut
At the beginning of my exchange year, The American Field Service, or AFS (my study abroad organization) told us that Germans are sometimes a bit like coconuts. With this, they meant that making friends in Germany can be hard at first, but once you do, it is well worth it.
I knew they were right but I never thought I would have a picture like the one above to prove it. It all started after school as I was riding home on my bike with some friends. My lock fell out of a hole in the basket on the back of my bike, and got stuck between my tire and my splash guard (Schützblech). Long story short, it destroyed the guard and in the process wedged it in between my tire and the basket so my bike could not evel roll.
As we were only about halfway home, my friends came back to try and help me. This resulted in one of them carrying my bike while riding his bike, and the other carrying me with on the back of his bike. The friend who carried my bike even took me back to his place and helped me get my bike up and running again.
My friends saw it as something only natural to do to help a friend out, but I am still in awe to this day of how much they helped. What could've ended up as a long, frustrating walk back home turned out to be a learning experience about how bikes work, and a bonding experience with some friends.