In my town, as in much of Germany, "ordnung" (or "rules") are strictly adhered to. Ordnung is everything in Germany. You might have got an idea of this from the little series "In My Town ..." that I've been running. I've been to a lot of places, and have been lucky enough to live in a few, and I've not experienced anything quite like the ordnung that is in place in Germany. There is a rule for everything, and everyone follows these rules. Now, whilst that might sound living in Germany is a bit "challenging" for an Aussie that doesn't really follow the rules, let me just say:-
- In my town we don't have crime (touch wood)
- In my town we don't have litter
- In my town we don't have grafitti
- In my town, when you see a gang of teenagers walking towards you on the street, you're not afraid of what's going to happen
- In my town I can walk home alone at night from town without a care
- In my town IT'S SAFE!
So, ordnung might drive me a little bonkers (don't even start me on my experiences with government employees at the Rathaus), but, in my town, it certainly works.