One of the main options I have had during my time in Germany is more time to myself than I think anyone in their right mind ever needs. One simple question has been: will it make my brain melt? Another simple question has been: Would you rather speak German or hang out by yourself? I can tell you that for me, the answer has included a certain amount of crying and watching English language films interspersed with getting out there and using enough German to find out from the Germans that Germans do that to other Germans all the time, and it isn’t even really caused by the language barrier: that’s just German culture! Who knew????? I sure didn’t.