Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Our “Interesting” Train Adventure-Thursday, June 1, 2017

We began our interesting adventure by getting on the wrong train.  Unknown to us, trains in Germany are frequently late.  We were on the correct platform at the right time, our train was not!  Another train was there.  Since the train came at the time and place we were expecting, we got on it.  Instead of the bullet train that we were supposed to take, we ended up on a local train.  The only way I knew that something was wrong was because it was making frequent stops.  Our train was supposed to be non-stop to Heidelberg.  Once we realized we were on the wrong train, we immediately got off.  A wonderful girl on the train helped us to figure out another sequence of trains to take to get to our destination.  A trip that was supposed to take only 2 hours took 4.5 hours !  But the train ride was fantastic.  We met so many people on the train and one of them gave us some chocolates that were filled with different liquors, one even had champagne in it!  I will definitely be bringing some of them home ! Once we got off the train, it was time to find our way to our accommodations.  We were staying in an Airbnb, so I put the information into Google Maps and after a few blocks we found our host.  Our room was great but on the 3rd floor where it was a bit warm.  Which brings me to the “ice thing”.  Apparently in Germany as in Italy, no one uses ice.  You CAN find it, but it’s difficult AND expensive !  Another interesting item of note is that most stores do not take credit or debit cards.  This makes things a little bit inconvenient for me as I rarely use cash.  Once we had a “nap”, we went to a grocery store to get some food for the evening and for sandwiches for our day tomorrow.  We had a very difficult time figuring out what each product was.  Fortunately someone heard us talking and walked up and helped us find the ham and cheese.  They also helped us find plastic storage bags which are not used very often.  Another item of note is that there are no canned goods!  People here cook daily and go to the store every 2-3 days for groceries.  Part of this is just the lifestyle, part of it is that the homes are so small here, especially in the cities.  This translates all the way down to the size of refrigerators and product sizes.  You won’t find a large jar/box/package of ANYTHING in Germany.  (Similar to the UK) We also found it amusing that you can buy a mini-keg at the grocery store as well as any kind of alcohol you want.  It's just everywhere.  Another thing that surprised me about Germany is that there is no CHICKEN, --in the grocery store nor on menus of restaurants.  It is more likely you’ll find salmon, lamb, veal, pork, and beef.  The only exception is KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) which is very popular fast food here.  After shopping and eating some dinner we just collapsed and went to sleep.
Here are today's pictures


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