Day 7 – Five Things You Love About Germany
FIRST of all – Congratulations to my best friend, Ash! She’s getting married today and I SO wish I could be there. She’s stunning in her dress and marrying the most perfect man for her. Couldn’t be happier!! Love you sweet cheeks! See you soon and then we can have a celebratory martini! 😉 xoxoxo
1. Personal Bread Cutter – We all know that the Germans love everything fresh. The meat fresh off the bone, the fish fresh from the water and their bread fresh from the oven. I absolutely LOVE this in my house. At first I was confused…then angry that it took away from cupboard space but now, we use it all the time. We buy our bread by the loaf – not pre-sliced and it lasts quite a while, So a bread cutter is surely a necessity since I’m no good with knives. Check this little nugget of awesomeness out!
It’s excellent! Who wouldn’t want this fine piece of equipment in their home? It”s standard in the new houses now. You have your oven, your stove, and of course your bread cutter! Fabulous!
2. Reduce – Reuse – Recycle – America is so far behind on this it drives me crazy. Now that I’ve lived here for 5 months I’m starting to see where we have gone wrong back in the home country. A trip to the grocery store begins with paying for your cart with either 50 cents, 1 euro, or 2 euro coin. You come to the “drinks” section and this is huge. All drinks come in cases of either 6 or 12 normally. So when we buy water (Tobi likes his sparkling) then we buy it buy the case of 12 and get 2 or 3 cases at a time. When we’re done with them, we bring the cases back with the bottles and get usually 3.30 Euro back for one case.
Secondly, we have four trashcans. Each has their own purpose. The blue bin is for recycling, the brown for food items, the black and yellow for random trash like pudding containers or plastic bags and the green and black for …well I’m not sure what yet. I think things like styrafoam or what have you. Anywho, this is brilliant…and I think America should jump on this system if they know whats good for them!
3. Supreme Hotels – These people really know how to relax and they do it not with 2 or 3 stars but with 4 or 5 and reasonably priced too. We are headed to this place within the next 3 weeks and it has an outstanding rating and testimonials/reviews that can’t be beat. It’s typical, this beautiful place in the middle of the Alps and complete with a full spa and rehabilitation center. People who have been sick with various things can go here and they make you special food and give you massages and all that nonsense! Incredible! I plan on living it up there, complete with a massage at the end of it. Their food is 5 star and most of these places are impeccable. I find though that in the US you get motels and hotels that are so cheap and disgusting. Causes some concern for your health! Here, that is never the case. Every time you go to a hotel or motel it’s as if you’re walking into your mom’s house. It’s homey and clean and comfortable.
4. No Speed Limits – This is pretty self explanatory but when you want to get somewhere quickly, it’s so nice to be able to drive as fast as you want. There are some speed limits but not many. Just in sketchy areas so plowing down the road going 130kph which is roughly 80 MPH is way fun. You’ll remember in my earlier blogs mentioning how the roads are crazy curvey and scary a bit so this is always good to get your adrenaline pumping! In America, you have the constant speed limits as if you’re entire drive is supervised. It’s annoying!
5. Greetings – It is completely normal to walk into a restaurant, completely packed and everyone looks up at you and greets you with a warm hello. You eat your meal, drink your drinks, settle the tab where you tip no more than 5% (this is normal…giving someone 80 cents on a bill of 40 Euro is considered a good tip) and as you walk out the door, something magical happens. Everyone tells you goodbye or to have a nice evening. “Ciao” rings around the room as you exit. It’s refreshing to be in a place where people actually care to give you the time of day and acknowledge you. Americans refuse to look at each other. It’s sad. This happens more in the regional restaurants rather than in the larger cities but still, all the same. It’s just a warm enviroment.
Until next time, Readers!! xoxoxoxo