This is a question I was asked this weekend: "What did you think about Germany before you arrived?"
I had no answer. What did I think last July before I arrived? What surprised me once I got here? I knew enough to know I didn't know a lot, so that allowed everything to "surprise" me in an expected way. Can you be surprised when you already don't know what will happen?
I've certainly learned a lot since moving here in late July and I continue to learn. What do I think about Germany now? My first thoughts are that I like living here. There are nice people, interesting things to see, and most importantly, good food. Anyway, it is a big question and will require more thought.