There are a few differences between the German and American cultures.
I know you're totally shocked--how can they be that different? Well, my friend, let me tell you. Oh, and my caveat--this list is by no means exhaustive. These are the differences noticed by this one American. Anyone else is welcome to chime in on what I missed!
Starting off easy: An Asian pear from China. (Sorry for the blurry image.) Yes, this Asian pear clearly states that it's from China (IN ENGLISH). I don't think we see many of those in the US.
This is always good for a chuckle: A street sign in Herrenberg, a town about 20 min south of us.
Ok, any guesses what this is? The silver canister on the counter in McDonalds? No? It's a trash can. Yes. It is. You find these everywhere (usually for creamer trash, sugar packets, straws). The funny thing is these cans are average size in Germany--this is a country that does NOT use big trash cans.
Now they may have this in the States by now--someone might need to fill me in. But in case you can't read the package, it says "Baby Art: Belly Kit." Yes, even you can take a plaster-of-paris mold of your pregnant belly and boobs, to keep indefinitely. Wow.
This was taken at our local grocery store. Now I realize people may have a marzipan fettish in the States, but it's nothing like here. You can get marzipan in almost any shape, and here you have a cornucopia of fruit and veggie shapes from which to choose.
This is a fun one: In the town where we live, there is a major Mercedes/Daimler plant. Cars roll off the line constantly, and you can even go to the factory floor to pick up your brand-spanking new Mercedes. Pretty cool! Since the make them here, there are always these black rubber-covered cars driving around, presumably testing new gadgets and upgrades. (No I didn't get in an accident taking this picture...but yes, I am driving.) And as a side note, ALL the lane lines in Europe are white. There are no yellow lines to differentiate between different directions of travel. Yes, that took a while to get used to!
|This one's a little eaiser to see the rubber covers to make it "incognito."|
This one is just fun. If garlic sauce is made from garlic, and fish sauce is made from fish, what is American Sauce made from? Just a thought.
Think anyone can come from the States and drive in Germany? Ok, one question: What do you do here?
Or here? Remember there's a whole line of people behind you...decide quickly (and correctly)!
Seriously one of the most difficult things in Germany is deciphering the elevator. Good luck! Here's a hint: I got on at E and I want to go down one floor. ALWAYS know the floor where you start when you get on a German elevator!
And finally, leaving my favorite shopping mall. The Stern Center wishes me a gut fahrt. Thank you very much--I would certainly enjoy one.