I’m nearing the end of my third week here in Germany so I thought I’d share with you today some of my experiences. Hopefully you find this somewhat entertaining.
What I do with my time:
I think the single biggest revelation I’ve had since leaving the states is this: I am lame. When I’m not out and about working, I spend the majority of my time in my hotel room…on the internet. Might as well have stayed in the States ’cause I definitely haven’t taken in all Germany has to offer.
I think I have at least a semi-acceptable excuse for being lame though… I’m all by myself. Cool things are less cool when you don’t have someone to share your experiences with. Thankfully, Girl Ninja is actually on an airplane right now en route to come visit! She’ll be here for one week and we are planning on hitting up France, Luxembourg, possibly Belgium, and obviously a few cities in Germany. I’ve been pretty lame these last few weeks, but hopefully I can make up for it towards the tail end of my trip.
What’s weird to me:
The stop lights in Germany are on the near side of the intersection. I have no idea why the lights are situated in such an awkward spot. If I am the first car stopped at an intersection, I have to open my sunroof (or bend down and look straight up) just to see when the stoplight changes ’cause it’s literally directly above the car. Why aren’t they across the intersection (like in the states) for easy viewing?
Why aren’t Germans fat?
I also don’t understand how Germans aren’t fat. The food here is pretty heavy. Lots of fried meats and carbs. I haven’t really ventured in to the world of Schnitzel yet, but I have eaten many many Doner Kebabs (kinda like a Gyro). Every time I do, I feel like I’m going straight to hell…or at least gaining 10lbs. I’ve been trying to find plates that at least have a salad and some (non-fried) chicken. Here’s a shot of one of my dinners….
I did manage to get out one weekend and drove to Heidelberg, Germany; a fairly small town about an hour south of Frankfurt. I visited the Heidelberg Castle, which was originally built in 1214! That was really awesome. Being that I’m from America, I hadn’t seen anything older than a couple hundred years. It was really fun walking around the city, feeling like I was experiencing authentic Germany. I’m excited to see even more this weekend. Here are a few pictures from my outing…
A few other things that are “different”…
- Dogs are allowed to hang out in restaurants.
- The waiter wont come to your table and check on you unless you waive them down.
- Very few, virtually no, restaurants take credit or debit.
- If you order a water, you’ll get laughed at.
- Sales tax is 19%.
- This letter… ß …makes an “s” sound and not a “b” sound.
- It’s normal to park your car on the sidewalk.
- Daylight savings wasn’t until last weekend.
- Gas is no joke, $8/gallon.
- Everything is closed on Sunday. I’m talking like 99% of shops and restaurants in my area.
- But the weirdest thing so far was when I went 110mph on the Autobahn…and got passed!!!!
Which foreign countries have you been to? What were some things that stood out to you as odd?
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