This ride report is a rough diamond. Your writing style is both interesting and amusing, which is usually mutually exclusive.
Your observations about german culture and their affinity (or maybe indifference) towards themes that are considered sensitive in the anglosphere are fun to read, since it's pretty much the same here in Switzerland. Nice to see Europe through your Aussie eyes.
Are you still planning to go to the Balkans or Eastern Europe? Maybe we meet on the road.
Weiter so, es macht Spass deinen Bericht zu lesen!