Waking up to the moo of a cow and other things I’m getting used to

The most common questions I have been getting since I got here, is how am I adjusting. What do I like, what don’t I like, what seems ridiculous, etc. Well, one thing that I have realized is that I am pretty darn flexible.

  • There isn’t Mexican food… I got over it.
  • It’s been raining a lot here…I bought an umbrella.
  • Gas is expensive…I walk more and ride the bus.
  • Peanut butter is expensive and not in candy or ice cream at all, I’m working on adjusting to this.
  • There isn’t hot sauce (other than tabasco…gross), ok this one gives me issues.

There are a few things that have been an adjustment and I thought I would share them with you all. None of these things are bad, or wrong, they are just different. In fact, I kind of like some of them, but nonetheless there is an adjustment for sure.

  • I’ve have woken up to the sound of cows mooing on more than one occasion. This is not a Germany thing, but this city boy is not used to that at all. No roosters, but definitely cows.
  • Apparently the number one is written differently in Europe than in the US (with a tick from the top down to the left).
  • 1 Euro 25 is written 1,25 not 1.25 like we would do.
  • The date is written day/month/year.
  • Most stores are closed on Sundays (I like this one, but I have to remember to grocery shop on Saturday so I can eat on Sunday!)
  • Water isn’t free and there are no free refills in restaurants. Both of these almost blew my mind! Ok, I knew them before, but it still boggles my mind.

Anyway, the adjustment continues on this side of the pond (no I don’t really say that), but I am enjoying it and can’t wait to discover new things that are different!

6 thoughts on “Waking up to the moo of a cow and other things I’m getting used to”

  1. Differences – they have GREAT chocolate, especially the Ritter Sport yogert and the new summer flavors. They also have Coffee and Kuchen – the best!

  2. I believe a good German mustard is their hot sauce. Also, have you had any french fries from a street vendor? I remember them being served with some wonderful type of mayo in a cone shaped paper cup.

    1. Yeah, they sure do love their mustard here, but its just not the same as a good hot sauce. My plan is to grow my own peppers and make my own hot sauce…not sure how that will end up though. 🙂
      I have not had those kind of fries yet, but I will be on the lookout now and let you know if I find them!

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