Saturday, February 26, 2011

Oh Sweet Nothing-ness

What wonders a week of nothing can do for your soul--to just relax and experience life slowly instead of always being in a rush to get from place to place.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Our German Road Trip

We rented a car and went down to Kochelsee/Walchensee/Herzogstand.  While the weather wasn't exactly the best for being at the lakes, the view from the top of the Seilbahn was amazing. As we'd left pretty early in the morning, we still had some time before we had to bring the car back, so we went further south to Innsbruck, Austria.  Here are some photos.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

"Wait 'till the green light says go..."

David is often blocking my attempts to cross the street when the light is red.  Its not German.  Its not proper.  Its not the right way to do it.  Despite the fact that Germans aren't always the rule-abiding citizens that people often make them out to be.  They aren't always punctual (see post below) and they don't always do what's right.  (They are human after all.) Yet, it is fair to say that its not an odd sight to see a handful of Germans standing on a street corner, without a car in sight, waiting for the light to change--one minute, two minutes--just standing and waiting.

As a German-in-Training, my stance on this issue fluctuates.  Depending on my mood, I either wait ("so as to be a good example for kids" as David explains) or cross, depending on how many times Deutsche Bahn has tried my patience during my commute.  Sometimes I just can't be bothered to stand there for two or three minutes, and then again at the next crossing light for two or three minutes (because it seems that the lights are not coordinated to go off at the same time--often you cross half way, and then wait in the middle to cross the other half of the street--but I digress).

Yesterday, I had two different encounters with angry Germans, within less than 24 hours of each other because I was not following the "wait until the light is green" rule.  The first a child, no more than 7 or 8 years old, who sounded like I had just stolen his Kinder Surprise egg and whined a loud "NEEEeeiiiiN!!!!" when I stepped into the street to cross. Later an old man, with eyebrows raised and a smug, self-righteous voice turned to me and said (this was at another crossing) "Wir müssen ein bisschein warten, oder?"  (We must wait a little, or?) After his beady eyes penetrated my head, his eybrows came down and he turned to a friend and continued to talk.

In theory, both the young and the old man were in the right--but I just cannot imagine someone scolding me in NJ or NY for crossing the street when the light is red. I tried to recall in my 22 years living in the US something like that happening, but I couldn't think of a single instance.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

German punctuality

... is a lie.

Thank you Deutsche Bahn and VAG for having revealed this truth to me.

Sunday, February 13, 2011