Today is “German Unity Day.” Although the wall officially came down on November 9, 1989, the official holiday was based on the day the governments officially reunited, October 3, 1990. Since it’s a national holiday, Sheridan and I are home from school.
the german way
*RTFM* (Menu, that is…)
The crew finally got to see Wall-E tonight (just came out here), in English even! We went to the Cinecitta (the Germans use the hard “C” for this name, so it’s CHin-a-CHitta not Sin-a-Sitta) for the show at 21:00, and had dinner at the Trattoria inside Cinecitta beforehand. Continue reading
The German Kitchen…
The other day, I wrote about the Ten Things I Miss About the US. Today, I just want to mention a few odd little kitchen-related things about life here that aren’t bad, really, just different. Continue reading
Or, “Recycling: not just a good idea… It’s the law!” Continue reading
The German Film Rating System Sucks!
Sheridan, Kevin, and I made plans to go to Cinecitta to see the English-language version of Batman: The Dark Knight this evening. In the US, it’s rated PG-13. Sheridan has seen PG-13 movies before, and she was really looking forward to this one. Continue reading
The Bottle Muncher
Because of the importance of recycling and reusing in Germany, most drinks you buy at the grocery—water, soft drinks, juice, even beer—have a deposit (Pfand) on the bottles (plastic or glass). These can be either € .08, .15, or .25, depending on the bottle. A family of three tends to collect a lot of bottles pretty quickly. Continue reading
Way down in the south end of Nürnberg is a little two-screen movie theatre that shows “foreign-language” films—the Roxy-Kino. Usually this means English, but I’ve seen ads for Indian and Arabic films there too. It really is a small, out of the way place. There’s nothing else to do in the neighborhood, so it’s a destination rather than a spontaneous thing. The seats are so close to the screen that you have to sit in the back row to keep from breaking your neck!
Moving In Day (or, Why I hate driving in Germany Part One)
I mentioned in the dog story the van we rented to get from the airport in Frankfurt to our new apartment in Nürnberg when we arrived on Thursday 26 June—Vanzilla! In case my description wasn’t enough, here’s a picture of the type of van we had.
Ransoming the dog (Part Two)
It’s now after 12:00. I’ve been up for a day and a half. I’m hungry, tired, thirsty, can hardly think in English, much less in German, and I’m trying to rescue my dog from Lufthansa Cargo so that we can get to Nürnberg in time to get the keys to our apartment and crash.
Ransoming the dog (Part One)
The flight from Atlanta to Frankfurt takes almost 9 hours—not counting check in, airport security, boarding, customs, baggage claim… you get the idea. We arrived at the Atlanta airport around 3 pm after dropping off Siggy at the cargo terminal in his crate (complete with paperwork and all) and took off at 6 pm. So with the flight and time change, it was around 9 am in Frankfurt when we arrived. I didn’t sleep well on the plane, so I’d been up since 6 am the day before. We had to be in Nürnberg before 6pm in order to pay our deposits and pick up the keys for our apartment so we had somewhere to sleep that night.
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