– Oh, I have a headache!
– Have you drunk enough water today?
– Häää? What does water have to do with my headache???
At the beginning I could not understand the connection. The reasonable response to my complain I saw in a phrase typical for my countrymen: “Have you taken any medicine yet?”
With the time I realized, however, how completely different the attitude towards water in Belarus and in Germany is.
In Belarus you drink it when you are at home and if you are really reeaaaaly thirsty. You probably just make a few sips. That’s all. As a pupil, I, for example, never had anything to drink in my backpack, even is I spent 7-8 hours at school. Neither had any of my classmates. In Germany no kid will leave house without a nice, colorful bottle filled with water or, alternatively, Apfelschorle.
Water accompanies you everywhere in Germany. Almost everyone is running around with
a bottle of water, often as big as 1.5 liters. People also often use special fancy metal or plastic bottles, which you will never see in Belarus because of two reason: first of all, people do not take smth to drink with them (I don’t know how they manage to survive and how I myself survived through these 20 ‘dry’ years in Belarus!) Secondly, Belarusian people would see such a purchase as a total waste of money. Why spending money on a metal bottle if one can buy, use and then hundred times re-use a simple plastic one?
Water in Germany is a way of life, a healthy attitude, ein MUSS, if one wants to be healthy. Therefore, there is a simple solution to lots of problems. You have a headache, you feel tired or exhausted, you can’t concentrate? DRINK SOME WATER!
Simple is that 😉