L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29832 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4075 times:
Things I miss from my two years over there...
We covered MAULTASCHEN last week
Stuttgarter Kristall-Weisen, Tucher Kristall wasn't bad either, I have an hour before my medivac flight comes in, I might do a little on-line searching for it.
Really good Schnapps...There was that one brand over there, can't remember the name....It was distilled by monks.
The wursts. The fact I never got one of those 1 meter of wurst certificates in Wuzberg is one of my great regrets in life.
The history. If you ever get a chance to visit the salt mines in Berchesgarten and take the boat on the underground mine lakes...DO IT!!! And if you are flying into Stuttgart make a trip around to Echterdingen. In a group of trees just off the side of the autobahn there, is a rock where Count Zepplin crashed, If memory serves, The R5 Zepphlin....That is aviation holy ground people.
Soft Pretzels from the street vendors in Stuttgart.
The Red Hot chili Peppers..City of Angles...Don't Laugh, but the first time I heard that song was the day after I arrived in Germany. Hard to imagine that song about L.A. would remind me of Germany.
Gyro Stands.....A much more civilized Turkish alternative to fast food. Real gyros use rotissary lamb. Not that seasoned crap they try and sell you over here. Actually the bread on those is very similar to my moms taco flatbread, so I may be able to reproduce over here.
Shnitzel.....When I was over in Illisheim, you could still find a 5 Mark Szhitzel in that part of the world. Inflation was starting to get you in other parts of the country through.
[Edited 2003-05-03 10:49:26]
OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
Andreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 31
Reply 6, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4063 times:
But... yes, ok, German cars are the top of the world!!!!!
That coming from an Italian is the greatest compliment I could imagine WOW!!!!
Yes indeed we did cover Maultaschen extensively...how did your exams go?
Just one hint, before the Turkish members here come in: That's Doener Kebab you're talking about, Gyros is the Greek version! And the best one is served in Stuttgart behind C&A (amazing!!) and in Berlin of course! Berlin...home of Rammstein...aaaahhhhh (at least I hope the rockband is meant here, the US military airport is Ramstein.
But I guess what it comes down to in the end: Germany does have so many problems right now, most of them of domestic origin, many of those are problems that many other countries do have as well (including USA), but I'm quite glad to see that we have learned some lessons from our history of the last 100 years, as could be seen in 1989...hopefully others do learn from this experience, too. That seems to be the best German thing to me!
DoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4009 times:
Mmm, let's see.
Your chocolates, sweets, salami sausages, cars, trains and cafes.
However, I think the German language sounds horrible, and sometimes service attitude on your carrier (Lufthansa) ranks below that available at other major European carriers. But these are minor problems, on the whole you are a great asset to European culture. I love Bavaria and its people; mentally strong and intelligent.
Hepkat From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 2341 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3970 times:
First on the list, German cars. When I came to Austria my first car was a 22 year old VW. Wow, what can I say? The car simply refused to quit, it never once broke down, it handled well at ANY speed, doing 170/180kph (105/110mph) on the Autobahn was no challenge, I was just amazed. I guess it's what they say about German engineering, not sure any 22 year old American car could perform as well.
Second, Berlin. It's incredible what they've done with this city. For those of you that have never visited there, I would highly recommend it. It's as if they simply poured billions and billions into Berlin, and it has certainly paid off. The city is designed to show off German wealth and ingenuity, and it does so on a breathtaking scale. It's very modern, clean, everything perfectly designed and situated, the trendiest cafés and bars for miles, lots of museums and sites to see, East Berlin alone deserves special mention and let's not forget it's very unique history. After a trip to Berlin, you'll have no doubt that Germany's a very rich and sophisticated country.
Third, the ICE Train. What can I say? You've got to ride it to know what I'm talking about. It's like travelling business class. We have nothing that even comes close in the U.S.
Fourth, German tolerance. Decades of devastation and war has taught the German people how to be tolerant of the differences in others. The modern German has been taught very carefully since day one that intolerance was what lead to their awful past and that it's intolerance that can very easily bring it back again.
Aloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8764 posts, RR: 42
Reply 15, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3952 times:
I like the sophistication that many of "us" put into the things they do. For example, VW were really proud of having reduced the joint measures of their cars by some 50%... Might make you laugh in the first moment, but it really does look better.
Another thing is the value that's given to education, at least at the "Gymnasium". That's the longest-lasting of our three kinds of highschool, and especially during the last two of its seven years, I felt like cuddled by the entities that pay for my school. If only the teachers didn't have to do all that administrative stuff as well...
Government funding for cultural activities is also a very nice thing. It makes movies (like "Knocking On Heavens Door"), a vibrant theatre scene and a whole lot more possible - it's just not that easy to actually "sell" a piece by Schiller, great performance or not.
The Autobahn... Well, what could I possibly add to what was said.
Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.