September2011

European Cashiers: Sitting versus Standing

I was in the checkout line at a local supermarket and noticed the cashier was sitting down far enough for me to see the bald spot on his head. I guess I hadn’t really noticed that in the States all the cashiers are standing. The next store I went in[…]

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Europeans and Bike Helmets

Only kids wear helmets in Europe–I’m not really sure why, but adults never wear helmets unless they are racing bikes in a marathon or something like that. In America, if you aren’t wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle, people more-or-less think you are stupid and just asking to have[…]

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German Postal System

The other day I was walking down the street when a man wearing yellow road a yellow bike past me. He stopped a few doors ahead of me and I noticed he had boxes attached all over his bike and a large double kick stand that he set in place[…]

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Where are the Aluminum Cans in Europe?

The other day I was looking around and it dawned on me that something was strange. All of the soft drinks and beer in the super market were in bottles. In fact everything was in either bottles with only a few items in plastic. The only exception was milk and[…]

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Nazi Salute Illegal in Germany

I had absolutely no idea that anyone caught doing the Nazi salute (or Hitler salute) in Germany would be fined and thrown in jail. At the time of the Nazis it was common to hold the right arm at an upward straight angle and utter the words “Heil Hitler!” and[…]

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Döner Kebap, My Favorite Sandwich

When I landed in Copenhagen, Denmark, I stayed at the amazing Generator Hostel there and met some amazing people from Dresden, Germany. They told me I absolutely MUST try two things while in Germany: currywurst and döners. Once I arrived in Berlin I tried both. I wasn’t so impressed with[…]

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Missing Two Eggs

I just returned from my short trip to the super market to buy some food for my new flat in Berlin. I was so excited to finally be able to cook my own meals and save some money. Don’t get me wrong, I love to eat out, but it can[…]

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German Nude Beaches

I was told we were going to a normal German beach, but I had no idea a normal beach was about 60% nude and if you were wearing a swim suit you were in the minority. Shortly after arriving in Berlin I learned that expats like myself find most of[…]

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German Dogs in Businesses

I looked up from my laptop in the coffee shop to see two dogs sniffing each other as the owners of each pet talked about their pets. One was a big brown Lab and the other some small mix dog, clearly this was not the ideal physical ratio for a[…]

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