Originally Posted by mdsram
One of the most interesting experiences I had as an exchange student in Germany revolved around shower beer. After practice for the university ultimate frisbee team, we hit the showers and there'd be a keg of beer in there as a time for socializing and team building. It was a great mix, hot shower and cool (not cold) beer. The interesting part came from the fact that it was a coed team :-)
Yep, Germans are not uptight at all when it comes to nudity. I've seen more nude public swimming areas there than anyplace on this planet.
The other thing is that Germans are very serious about not consuming cold beverages. They believe that it's bad for your stomach, therefore almost nothing is served ice cold or with ice and you can't even buy bags of ice.
I'm not averse to using ice in my beverages, but I always drink beer at room temperature which in Finland averages between 20 and 22 degrees celcius. Just because it tastes better to me; cold beer loses nearly all of it's taste.