There was a really weird phrase in one of my German textbooks from back in high school that has stuck with me through its unintentionally-poor translation: “Germans live behind closed doors.”
What the textbook was trying to say is that Germans generally tend to close the door to their rooms rather than generally leave them open, as some Americans tend to do. It ended up sounding like all Germans are thematically and philosophically reserved, never letting other people into their internal lives. Much like most of the things I sort of half-learned in the years I took German in school, I didn’t quite realize how true it all was.
Germans really aren’t particularly open to strangers or foreigners or whomever. This thought came back to my mind when we noted that the fun-killers at Porsche arent’ putting a stick shift in the GT3 RS, though they’re letting it into the regular GT3: