We have been in Germany for two years now and I decided to add to my list of observations since moving overseas.
1. You can not turn right on red unless you have an arrow allowing you to. These green arrows are few and far between. This one drives my husband particularly mad.
2. Cows really do wear bells in Bavaria! Not just a couple of cows sport the jingling bells but entire fields of cows wear them.
3. You have to pay to use many public toilets, especially along the autobahn, train stations and subways.
Many public toilets do not have seats. At least most of the restrooms that you have to pay to use are clean. It makes it worth the 50 euro cents to use it. I always have lots of change in my purse!
4. Everything is closed on Sundays except for some restaurants and museums. Since we don't visit a ton of museums (have you tried to do that with 2 screaming toddlers?) sightseeing on Sundays can sometimes suck.
5. German food = Good! If you like pork that is and it just so happens to be that I do.
6. Kirchwasser is a deceiving name for paint thinner....the literal translation is cherry water and it is really cherry schnapps. But I think it might double as a cheap paint thinner. Lesson learned! I do not like kirchwasser.
7. When we travel I generally try to remember to bring along sippy cups for the girls because even though you order drinks for children they are served in glass glasses and without straws. This becomes extremely frustrating for the girls because they are thristy and want to drink and equally frustrating for JG and I because we don't want them to drop the glass or spill their drinks. Apple juice generally costs as much or more than a beer! By the way...by the end of this meal Lolo's glass was shattered on the ground.
8. I have seen more super expensive cars in our 2 years here than I have seen in my entire life. While in Munich we saw an Aston Martin. Near the German/Holland border we saw a Rolls Royce. Driving home last weekend we were passed by a Lamborghini. We have seen some Ferrari's and lets not forget the Porsche's we see every single time we drive to Stuttgart, or the high end BMW's, Mercedes' or Audi's we see on the autobahn. This leads me to my next observation...
9. The German's have not become better drivers in the past year.
10. Our internet is still just above dial up. It took me 5 hours every week to download my episodes of Grey's Anatomy from iTunes. 5 hours x 23 episodes = 115 hours of downloading for 17 hours worth of television. Craziness!