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Month: March 2015

DIY Bread Slicer – Weird German Things #4

DIY Bread Slicer – Weird German Things #4

The Verlobter and I live very close to several grocery stores and have developed some criteria for determining which store to venture forth to when we need to restock our absurd supply of yogurt and processed meatstuffs. Our most important consideration is whether or not the store is equipped with a bread slicer.

Bottle Deposits – Weird German Things #3

Bottle Deposits – Weird German Things #3

This won’t sound that weird to my parents or grandparents (sorry for making you sound old), but when you buy bottled drinks in Germany, you pay a little extra and get that money back when you return the bottle.   From what I understand, this was fairly common in America for glass bottles, which could be sterilized and reused, but here it is used to encourage recycling of plastic bottles (in addition to glass beer bottles). Bottles with this logo are…

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Driver’s Licenses are Expensive

Driver’s Licenses are Expensive

Maybe it’s because there are much higher standards of safety here.  Or maybe it’s because it isn’t that hard to survive here without a car.  I never drive anymore.  The Verlobter has a car, but he needs it for work, so I make do with a bike and public transport. I do have a German license, though.  I’m lucky that I come from Missouri (how many people have said that ever?).  Because I had a Missouri Driver’s License, I only…

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Awkward English #2

Awkward English #2

Karneval costume accessories are über macho. Also, I just now noticed the “love cuffs” in the background. :-/

Parades – Weird German Things #2

Parades – Weird German Things #2

I went to my first German parade a little over a month ago for Karneval/Fastnacht/Fasching (Mardi Gras).  It was definitely an experience. I had been disappointed previously at Halloween and how half heartedly the Germans celebrated. I get really excited about costumes and face paint.  The Verlobter reassured me that Fastnacht would be better, and he definitely was right. I got the opportunity to dress up twice! The second look is what I wore to the parade near us.  My…

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