It hasn't been that long and only a few things about Germany really stuck out to me while we were there:
1. Actually there's some really good food. It always frustrated me that I lived in Heidelberg for six and a half years and by the end there was still no really consistently amazing restaurant that I could call a favorite. My favorite restaurant ended up being an Eiscafe. (Where I did indeed get a big freaking sundae while visiting!) There's a lot of really mediocre food all around and even the famous bakeries were full of duds as I remembered it.
One bakery I particularly remember never being all that fond of was Wiener Feinbaecker. We made a stop there while in Heidelberg anyway, to stock up on goodies for a train ride, just due to the lack of other options. As it turns out, if you've been starved of German flavors for a while, Wiener Feinbaecker's stuff is pretty delicious. Especially this salty Dampfnudel....
I miss you, salty Dampfnudel.
A hazelnut horn-shaped thing, which I never cared for one way or another in the past, was amazing. Even the Berliner-Brezel, previously dismissed by me as forever disappointing due to its inability to taste like an American sugar donut, was delicious.
2. So many trees! So, so many trees. And vineyards!! How could I leave a country with so many beautiful vineyards!?!
4. The UK's false "sorry" is, for me, so far preferable to the German habit of just unapologetically running into you and then looking at you like it's your fault and not saying anything. Got this one straight away at the airport train station, and then it just kept happening the whole time. So frustrating!
5. I find it much easier to speak German when there as a tourist than I did when living there. Even though no one is going to know whether I'm a tourist or a foreigner living there, as a tourist I put less pressure on myself to be perfect because hey! I'm just a tourist, you can't judge me for not being fluent, why should I be? Without the pressure, it's much easier to just blurt out a bunch of possibly wrong German and not care.
6. That tower in Duesseldorf has a bunch of lights on it that are a clock. This was my third visit to Duesseldorf, but the first time I noticed that. Cool.
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