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Getting Deliveries

Getting Deliveries

Yesterday I got to run around to two different places to pick up packages. It’s that busy time of the year where we are ordering presents for other people and receiving gifts from our family in America. If I were still living in the US, this would mean that I would come home to a stack of boxes on my front porch. Because I live in Germany, this means that I come home to four pieces of paper in my…

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Fleischkäse – German “Meat Cheese”

Fleischkäse – German “Meat Cheese”

Fleischkäse translates literally to “Meat Cheese” – which sounds disgusting – and is basically a type of meatloaf – which also sounds disgusting. In other regions, it’s known as “Leberkäse” which means “Liver Cheese.” I don’t know why anyone would willingly order that, but I’m not German. As you can see, I’m quite skeptical of various processed meat products. Especially ones that look like this: It gets sliced up like a loaf of bread and put on bread rolls, essentially…

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German Barbecue Sauce is Subpar

German Barbecue Sauce is Subpar

Another Lidl America Week has come and gone, and I almost felt like I was becoming desensitized to it, until I saw this new offering. I first saw the Cheese & Onion fish filets and thought, well that’s a bit odd, but then I saw the Barbecue variety. What are these shenanigans? Maybe it’s a regional thing, but I’ve never seen someone pair a breaded fish filet with barbecue sauce before. But it has the Statue of Liberty on it,…

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Doing Laundry the German Way

Doing Laundry the German Way

My mother-in-law would probably write a much better tutorial on how to really do laundry the German way, but I just wanted to talk about the one major difference between German laundering and American laundering. We don’t own a dryer. This is not a revolutionary statement for people who live in Germany. From what I can tell, most people don’t either. But when I tell friends and family in the US, they are completely shocked. How do you dry your…

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Driving in Germany

Driving in Germany

Okay, so the title here is a little misleading. Despite having my driver license, I still don’t drive in Germany. Those stick shifts are scary. And some of the rules of the road are a bit different here than where I’m from, which makes me even more nervous. Yielding to the Right In Germany, when you come to an intersection and there are no signs indicating which road has priority, you yield to traffic coming from the right. Once the…

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