January 25, 2012


Something interesting about Germany: a consumer can buy a bottle of water at a restaurant for 4 euros but buy a beer of the same size for 2,50 euros.

My life has been consumed with jet lag and army stuff this week.  Even though I was a champ an stayed up until 10 pm German time when we got here after flying all night, I’ve still been staying up later than Nikkilooch normal.  That lack of sleep doesn’t affect our 7:10 am pick-ups from the hotel to in-process.  (For the non-army savvy, like myself, in-processing is the first 2 weeks after you first move somewhere to get yourself sorted: registering at the new health facility, finding a place to live, etc.)

Luckily, yesterday had nothing to do with me in-processing wise (as most of the things don’t).  And I got to walk around our new city.  Around lunch time I stopped and got a sandwich: pretzel bread, lettuce, tomato, and a sliced hard boiled egg with a bottle of water.  I threw the water in my purse, took my sandwich to go, and kept on walking.  I found a cute little stationary store and went inside to look around.  Paper products are one of my weaknesses.  Having finished my sandwich, I reached in my bag for my water and opened it.

It was frizzy water.  Very common in Europe.  It exploded.

My scarf and the front of my jacket were covered.  A large puddle on the carpet in front of me.  All of the beautiful papers were safe.

“Oh, shoot!” I said more loud than was appropriate.  Then I quickly crouched over a little and started frantically looking around like someone who had just spilled half their water bottle in a paper store.  I was in a back corner.  No one saw.  I high-tailed it the heck out of there.

Naturally, the disaster I almost caused made me unsettled.  Another pretzel a little later was just what I needed.  One from the pastry case above, in fact.

Germany, I’ll try not to spill water on any of your beautiful papers.  You keep making delicious pretzels.  I think we’re going to get along just fine.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Cadena January 25, 2012 at 19:40

You are too cute!! I hope I see you before I leave Germany!!


Nikkilooch January 27, 2012 at 21:52

Thanks! I hope so too! I mean I knew about frizzante, but not to this extent.


Bookfool, aka Nancy January 26, 2012 at 02:00

Oooh, if you love paper products you’ll be in BIG trouble if you ever go to Japan. I was . . .

So funny about your water explosion, although I’m sure it didn’t feel funny at the time.


Nikkilooch January 27, 2012 at 21:53

It’s funny now 🙂


Laura Morris January 26, 2012 at 14:46

I realized something today — I can totally stalk your site any day if the week because of my awesome I-Phone. So, you are bookmarked and after reporting, your blog is the first thing I do on my break!


Nikkilooch January 27, 2012 at 21:54

Yay! I can stalk to you too with my new phone! Not and iphone, but we could skype if you have that? Let me know!


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