Spotted in Germany #2: Unicorns, Schnitzels and Kaufland
- The size of a regular beer in Germany is often close to half the size of my arm
- German television is fascinating: not only do they dub everything in German, there’s at least six Tell Sell-channels that try to get you to buy the most exquisite junk you’re ever seen (mostly jewelry and terrible women’s clothes)
- There’s a never just ‘a Schnitzel’ on the menu: you always get at least three (in turn, the size of my entire arm)
- Kaufland (‘So gut kan billig sein!’ was the old slogan, ‘Hir bin ich richtig!’ is the lesser replacement, sadly) is my favourite supermarket: not only is it the size of a small village, there’s also so many ridiculous stuff you can buy. I set myself a goal today to buy something redonkulous under ten euros. I found a stuffed pink unicorn (photo) and a Grumpy Rodent, also stuffed
- About Kaufland: I found a half eaten bar of chocolate amidst the stuffed rodents and a half empty can of Red Bull next to the kids’ fire trucks. Someone’s been naughty
- About our hotel: it’s without a doubt the most sci-fi I’ve ever seen. Examples: in my parent’s apartment there is a built in microwave that emerges from within a cupboard. Automated blinds come rolling down unannounced, in such a way that they shut out my dad today who was sitting on the balcony. Hilarious stuff. Also spherical sci-fi lamps galore. The entire hotel is white, bit like 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Spotted in Germany #1: on zee Autobahn whilst driving to Heidelberg
- When still in Holland, in the province of Limburg, the sign for chemical complex that read ‘Chemelot’.
- The only cars that could manage more than 170 km p/h were either Audi’s, BMW’s or Mercedes cars.
- Some 15 fifteen members of the German motor club ‘Outlaws’ passed us on their motorcycles. Fun fact: there was one ‘Probationary Outlaw’. (photo)
- Interlingual puns: signs that said ‘Neuwied’ (nieuwe wiet!) and ‘Sandkaul’ (zandkuil).
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