Love. It is illegal to pass on the right hand side.
Hate. You're technically not allowed to wear toeless or backless shoes while driving. Can result in a ticket.
Befuddled. Why do roads exist that are only wide enough for one car? Isn't that dangerous?
Love. No speed limit on the Autobahn.
**Before I moved here, I thought the Autobahn was one special road somewhere in Deutschland. The Autobahn is actually their name for the freeway, and runs all across the country. Whodda thunk?
Hate. Speed limits on the Autobahn.
Befuddled. Why are there sometimes speed limits and sometimes no speed limits on the Autobahn?!
Love. Unless there's a fence or some kind of border up, fields are open to the public [which means tons of awesome dog walking opportunities while singing "The Sound of Music"]
Hate. The fact that personal space does not exist in Europe.
Befuddled. Trash days. I seriously just can't figure out their system.
Love. How dog friendly the entire country is.
Hate. Noise restrictions. It is nice that you don't hear any outrageous sounds during the night or on Sundays, but having my neighbors threaten to call the cops because of dogs barking in the middle of the day? Ridiculous.
Befuddled. How is my village so freaking quiet all the time? I got stared at for sanding down some furniture. Weird.
Love. How clean the streets are. You won't see litter or overgrown yards anywhere.
Hate. How clean the streets are, because it makes my house stand out like a sore thumb.
Befuddled. How do they keep the walls around their property from growing moss? And how do they keep weeds from growing in the sidewalks, along the gutters, etc.? They have to be magicians.
Love. How friendly my neighbors are [besides the threatening to call the cops episode].
Hate. The fact that Europeans don't grasp the concept of a line for the register or to order food, etc.
Befuddled. Who has the right of way at a four way stop? Why is it so complicated?!?!
And a few other fun facts you may have not known about Germany:
1. The zipper effect [letting one care merge at a time from another lane, either during construction, or entering/exiting the autobahn, etc.] is a law here.
2. Dogs must be contained somehow while in the car. Are not allowed to roam freely due to safety reasons.
3. While eating in a restaurant, the waiter/waitress won't approach you unless summoned.
4. The drinking age is drastically reduced here, and even children can drink as long as their parents give them the alcohol. It's kind of strange to see sometimes.
5. Honking the horn is a form of noise pollution, so unless it's to warn someone of danger, everyone here uses headlights.
6. If someone is going faster than you on the Autobahn, you have to get over. Sometimes, in the speed limit free zones, you'll see lights flashing in the rear view mirror a mile or so back. That means they are flying and you need to move ASAP.
7. If you're the last person in a lane during traffic on the Autobahn, you're supposed to put your hazards on. This lets cars approaching from the rear know that you're either stopped or moving really slow. Keeps them from slamming into you.
8. Most people don't have drive ways or garages; they park on the street in front of their home. That means a lot of weaving back and forth across the road to by pass said cars.
9. There is no AC in Germany. There is no ventilation. It's kind of confusing.
10. German houses don't come with kitchens. There's a kitchen, but no cabinets or anything...they move with that stuff. Thankfully, most houses in the American base vicinity provide kitchens for renters.
11. The European refrigerator is probably 1/2 the size of an American refrigerator. Tiny.
|The drive to base on a gorgeous afternoon|