Moving to England, I never experienced the common culture shock and think it doesn’t really exist if you’re from Germany. It’s rather been a gradual process and I started noticing little differences in my everyday life, which are less obvious than things like left hand traffic or having pounds as currency.
Shopping – I have to admit, shopping in the UK is easier for a couple of reasons. #1: Supermarkets in the UK are in general a bit tidier and there is a bigger selection of food. #2: On Sundays, nearly all businesses (including supermarkets and pharmacies) are closed in Germany, while in the UK they can open for up to 6 consecutive hours. #3: Using credit/debit cards or your phone to pay is much more common in the UK. Despite Germany being such a forward-thinking country, there are still many smaller shops like bakeries where you can’t pay by card or there is a minimum amount you have to spend. I regularly forget about this when I go home! And #4: It is a lot more common here to order your groceries!