Why, why, why?
There are so many lovely things about the Deutsche Post. They get mail to the US fast. They have cool things like the Packstation. The offices are clean and non-sketchy. One of the bigger downsides is that they're more expensive than any other postal service I've ever used. But the biggest of all is that they still insist, if we are not home to receive a package which has been addressed to our street address and is too big or requires signature, to tell us to pick it up after 4pm the next day at their Czernyring location!!! WHY?!
For a while, they had gotten better and were putting things we weren't here to properly receive in Packstations that are more conveniently located. That was just wonderful because the locations are not great but better, and we can pick them up at any time because the Packstations are automatic and therefore 24/7. But now it's back to Czernyring. There are at least 3 post offices I can think of that are closer to our address than Czernyring, and probably more I don't know about. I can bike to Czernyring and back in probably only 45 minutes, but that's a big chunk of time! (I haven't done it yet because my bike helmet is broken so I need a new one. I know everyone else in Heidelberg rides without a helmet, but I live on a major road and when it comes to head injury I'm pretty risk-averse, so I won't do it.) If I want to take a tram over there, it will take 15-20 minutes to walk to the stop, probably 10-15 to ride over there, another 15-20 to walk to the post office, 5 to pick up the package, then I do the rest back in the other direction all over again. That's an hour and a half not including tram wait times. According to Google Maps, that's about how long it would take me to walk there - and Google Maps has a big yellow warning that the route is missing sidewalks and pedestrian paths. Yes, it is. It is located in an area that is really only friendly by car.
I thought I'd wait until Saturday morning to do it so at least Damon can come with me and I will have someone to talk to on the long journey, but surprise! Saturday is a holiday so the entire state will be completely shut down both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. No wonder Heidelberg is having a long shopping night tonight.
I do want to hand it to Deutsche Post for having an alternative to this disaster, which is to have a Packstation address. We do have one. This means packages can be delivered directly to a PO-Box type of location, skipping the step of coming to our street address, and we can pick them up 24/7. But, remembering to use a separate address for us for packages vs. regular mail is a pain in the butt for friends and relatives so I don't blame them for not doing it. I guess the alternative to that is to have ALL our mail sent to a Packstation and not give people the street address, but that is quite inconvenient as we are 15-20 minutes from our Packstation location, and we don't get packages that often.
In short, if you have sent something to our street address and are wondering why we haven't acknowledged it, please allow us some time to make the journey down to Czernyring to pick it up! It is very far away! And please....don't worry about requiring a signature!