This is the bulding I live in! The apartment is 2 floors above the bakery, and boy is it convenient! The bakery not only has your donuts, crossiants, and bear claws, they also offer tiramisu, cakes, and torts. It's a good thing I left my Atkins diet in the US 😉.
Looking across the street out the window is Trattoria Marsala Italian restaurant, which we go to quite often.
You might have guessed, sausages are big around here, figuratively and literally! Here is what we had for dinner one night. It tasted like a big hot dog.
Here's a map of the surrounding area. I'm in Raubling, which is at the bottom center. From my adventures I've written about, Wendelstein is on the right side and Kufstein is at the top center. The big mountains on the top left are the Kaisers. The border between Germany and Austria is basically between the green & brown colored mountains, and the bluish background mountains.
So, how is life different here?
Let's start at the grocery store:
1) Food is cheap. Pricing is almost equivalent to using douple coupons in the US.
2) All prices already include the tax. This is true for all shopping everywhere. It's soooo nice.
3) You have to bring your own bags or boxes to take your groceries out, or you can buy bags from the store. We usually bring our backpacks and it's amazing how much you can stuff in them!
4) You have to use a Euro to unlock your shopping cart, which you get back after you return it to the original spot, thus avoiding the runaway shopping carts across parking lots.
1) You have to order a drink!!! No free tap water here. Don't worry though. You'll get about 20 different beers to choose from.
2) You don't have to tip much. Just round up to the nearest whole dollar (or two). Apparently, servers get paid well.
3) Separating bills is NO PROBLEM and super quick (since they don't have to recalculate tax!). You don't get snickers from the waiters/waitresses like in the US! Actually, a lot of the time, you don't officially get a check. If you're in a big party, you just tell them what you had and they tell you the cost. German society is pretty honest.
4) A majority of the cuisine consist of German, Italian, and Turkish. Once in awhile, you'll see Chinese, Indian, Greek, etc.
1) Everything is closed on Sundays, and restaurants don't open until around 5pm. So inconvenient for the American who is used to convenience.
2) Stores usually close around 6 or 7pm. That means you dash to the store from work, or try to do everything on Saturday. There is one grocery store open until 8pm down the street, which is very unusual, but we love it cuz we get to go at 7:30pm.
3) Bikes are a way of life for people of all ages. Actually, I see more old people on bikes than young. It's not like China though 😉.
4) On television, they have a lot of American cartoons, sitcoms, and movies that are dubbed with German. Primetime mainly consists of the dubbed American movies. There is one theater in the next town that plays American movies in English once a week, which is nice to have. There is one channel in English, which is CNN International, so I've been really keeping up on world news!
I'm learning to speak German and I guess I'm doing fairly well, but the letter pronounciations are driving me crazy: the letter D sounds like t, S sounds like z, Z sounds like ts (as in tsunami), W sounds like v, V sounds like f, I sounds like e (most of the time), then you got the 3 additional umlaut vowels that I can't seem to pronounce right.
Well, hope you are all enjoying my blog. 😊 Just booked my plane ticket to the homeland for Thanksgiving to get my fill of turkey!
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