Thursday, January 26, 2012

Important Things to Know About Life in Germany

I am reminded today of some important bits of information about life in Germany that I have come to learn over the course of my time here: 

1. Most places close at 1:00 on Wednesdays. And Saturdays too, but I'm focusing more on the Wednesdays here because somehow I always think of things I need to do, and specifically appointments I need to make on Wednesday afternoons.

And since this happened yet again yesterday, I figured now would be a good time to just let you know that things like banks and eye glass stores and meat shops close early on Wednesdays. 

I'm just sharing this with you in case you ever wanted to visit Germany and needed to make an eye appointment on a Wednesday afternoon. Or visit a meat shop. 

You know, cause if you were in Germany both of those things would be high on your list on a Wednesday afternoon. 

2. And while we are on the subject of business hours, I should probably also fill you in that small businesses in the villages like ours close two hours for lunch. 

And, again, I always think of the things I need to do between the hours of 12:00 and 2:00. It's like once I know I can't go somewhere my mind thinks it's funny to think of these things just to taunt me. :)
Oh and sometimes restaurants will open from 11:00-2:00, close till 5:00 and then re-open for dinner. Just a good FYI for when you're traveling.

3. Completely changing subjects here, if you just moved here or are moving over here anytime soon, first of all, welcome!!! You are going to love Germany! But let me just tell ya' that it's important to open your windows for at least 15 minutes every day. 

This is especially vital in the winter months, or really when it's cold as all get out, as moisture tends to collect on the windows after a cold night and within days mold will mysteriously begin to creep its way onto your windowsills.

We learned this the hard disgusting way with our first apartment. Trust me. Open your windows. Ten minutes of cold is worth not having the mold. 

Hey, that's quite a catchy little phrase I made there. Maybe they should start printing on the windows.... 

4. And we are jumping ships again to food...not the best topic to follow mold but go with me here. German food is delicious. I mean really delicious. But did you know there's amazing Turkish food in Germany? 

And, if you're ever needing a late night snack and you're not feeling McDonald's or the Burger King, you can hit up a Döner Kebab because outside of the two gourmet restaurants I just mentioned, the Döner Kebabs are the only thing open that will be dishing up food.

They're like the hole in the wall Mexican restaurants in AZ and Cali. That's a good thing. Trust me. If you're from AZ or Cali, you know what I mean. 

Even better than the döner? The Yufka. It's like a Turkish burrito. Even better than the Yufka? 

The chicken plate. Please excuse the iPhone pics.  

Turkish food, get you some. Put it on your bucket list. Your taste buds will love you forever. 

5. Continuing on with food...there's this juice place here in Karlsruhe. It's called the Saftladen. They make a hot apple juice with fresh ginger and somehow they create foam on the top, how I have no idea but it's amazing. 

Just thought I'd let you know. In case you ever came to Karlsruhe and wanted something warm to drink. Which would pretty much be every day for 10 months out of the year.

The other stuff there is pretty great too. Check it out if you live in the area. Your health will thank you.

And that concludes your random German Life Lesson of the Day. Off to bed, ready for more adventures tomorrow. Happy (in 20 minutes) Friday!


Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow I really want some hot apple juice with ginger and foam!! You'd make a great tour guide for us. : )

Risha said... Best Blogger Tips

This happens to me all the time, too. I'll walk to the post office to mail something, and it will be closed. Head to the pharmacy, but they closed early that day! It's difficult to get used to.

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