Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Final Thoughts

Granny and Grandpa left yesterday morning so I spent the day catching up, killing dust bunnies, and thinking about all the fun I had in the last week! Not only did I enjoy showing everyone around the city, it was fun to show them a little bit of my everyday life in Germany.

Top 10 Lessons from the Trip:

10. "Germans are hard core. Even their toilet paper is hearty."-Katie

9. Recycling into so many categories is difficult for an apartment full of Americans to master in one week.

8. When traveling abroad, make sure you bring photocopies of your passport!

7. The US Embassy advertised a "Republicans in Germany" group on a bulletin board in the American Services waiting room. There must be a "Democrats in Germany" group. They need equal representation at the embassy.

6. The German word "dich" is not pronounced "dick" and such a word should not be said out loud on the subway. (the identity of the person who said this is being protected:-))

5. KaDeWe sounds like KuDuWu, LaTiDa, KeDeeWa, and WoopTiDo to untrained ears.

4. The Marriott makes a great Thanksgiving dinner! Yeah Germans:-)

3. The 100 bus is indeed a great way to tour the main highlights of the city

2. It is hard to keep 6 Americans out of the bike lane of the sidewalk!

1. There is no such thing as visiting too many Christmas Markets


At 11:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Wish we had been there . . .


At 12:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Gruess Dich thing reminds me - a certain favorite aunt of yours couldn't pronounce "Deutsch". It came out as "douche." German money was "Douche Marks". Gees. She also giggled anytime anyone said "Ausfahrt." Try it. Say "Gute Ausfahrt" to her and she giggles. And ask her what the european sirens sound like . . .

At 1:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very funny Erin! I am glad that you had your first round of americans visit you so we know what to watch out for when I come to see you in the spring :) Anuradha

At 8:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Erin is quite the hostess! To all who will be visiting, you are sure to have a ball. To all who don't have a visit planned, start checking Luftansa flights! We had such a wonderful time... Berlin is a beautiful city. I expected a much more industrial feel, but was suprised to find that not to be the case, for the most part.
My mental pictures of Berlin before going came from a film I watched in 12th grade German class... about a young couple seperated by the wall. Needless to say, Berlin is not the black and white city I had seen in the movie.

Thank you Erin for a wonderful trip I will not be forgetting anytime soon!!

love ya tons!!



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