A few years ago, the landlord replaced our counter when he installed a new oven and stove, because the old oven left a hole in the counter too big for the new one.
He's a nice guy but a little cheap. The dopey worker who reinstalled our 70s sink into the new counter cut too big a hole for the faucet. Over time, water got in the hole (water in the area of a sink!? whoda thunk?!) and it started to deterioriate the inside of the particleboard counter.
In other news, a grocery desert is starting soon here - things will not be open Sunday, Tuesday, or Wednesday and will only be open half a day on Monday (which promises to be an awful day to be at any grocery store). Alas, we cannot shop Saturday, as we are meeting up with relatives in Cologne that day. Maybe there will be good Kartoffelpuffer there - the ones in Heidelberg are variable but mostly not great. Any recommendations??