1…Germans have no problem leaving produce like lettuce out of the fridge overnight (or longer).
2. It is virtually impossible to find tampons with applicators in Germany unless you’re in a large city. O.B. is just about the only brand (other than a few generics) that are available. It took two towns and 5 stores for me to find O.B.’s with “compact applicator.”
3. Meat (other than beef) and dairy are about 1/4 the cost in Germany as they are in the U.S. Yet one kilo of white asparagus costs 14 Euros.
4. Baths are VERY MUCH looked down upon (and I’m a bath girl). It’s a waste of water and it burns up the household oil up quickly. I’m having to learn to shower…and shave at the same time.
5. No matter how quiet I think I am, it’s not quiet enough.
6. …I can’t pronounce the name of the town I live in (Rohr i. Niederbayern). I try and try and can only say “Roar.”
7. …I never learned stick shift.
8. I can count on one hand the trash I’ve seen on the side of the road since I’ve been here.
To be updated, often!