Germany is...

...so far

  • When you travel you are going fast… very fast. 160 clicks on the autobahn is slow and...
  • ...they even ride their girly hybrid bikes fast.
  • The roads are smooth.
  • The trains are faster more efficient and smoother.
  • Bikes rule over cars and pedestrians... and there are so many it's not funny.
  • The bike paths and footpaths are as wide as the roads
  • Petrol and diesel fuel is really expensive.
  • So… almost every car is a diesel.
  • and... all the cars are new.
  • and... all the cars are small.
  • Unsurprisingly nearly all the cars are European.
  • All the houses are... German looking even the new ones.



  • Most of these buildings have been round longer than any "old" building in Australia.
  • The windows and doors are amazingly engineered and double glazed.
  • There are wind farms everywhere.
  • German is an angry sounding language
  • Ich sprechen nieght deutsch.
  • Streets looks like scenes from a postcard.
  • Being the crazy Australian guy.
  • Having to read blogger and gmail in German

 

14 comments:

Axel and Manny said... 6/22/2007 9:00 pm  

Germany looks fantastic mate!!
in my research so far for my trip it seems very cycling-friendy (as well as most of europe)
if you were going to get married away from home, it certainly a nice place to do it.

when's the big day? when do you return??

Axel and Manny said... 6/22/2007 10:39 pm  

"German is an angry sounding language"

do they all sound like there singing Rammstein?? :P

Jonny said... 6/22/2007 11:39 pm  

German stuff in Germany, weird. Take a picture of the McDonnalds menue for us. There will be a localised item I'm sure. Oneday you can go down to France and see the contrasting stuff.

So what is this wedding blogcast or whatever? Whats the deal?

Anonymous said... 6/23/2007 4:25 am  

What cute pictures.

Laura said... 6/23/2007 5:56 am  

*fume*

Jealous!

Angus said... 6/23/2007 12:13 pm  

Nice pic of you two!

And I love how everything is "efficient" and "amazingly engineered". ;) Confirms every stereotype we have of the Germans ;)

Stan and Clare said... 6/23/2007 4:46 pm  

Mike,

Glad to hear that you have arrived safe and well. Only a couple of more days to go. Praying for you both.

S

mike said... 6/23/2007 6:07 pm  

Trying to leave a comment is so difficult as blogger has gone all German on me.

The wedding is on Friday 29th and I'll be back on the 8th July in Australia.

Renae said... 6/23/2007 11:00 pm  

Yo.. sounds exciting :) And I can't believe Germany is quite so German! Your observations were really good to read. They give an honest picture of your first impressions of Germany, better than a travel guide! And yeah, I'm so surprised too that you could confirm so many stereotypes!!

mike said... 6/23/2007 11:27 pm  

I didn't mention everyone wears lederhosen... ;)

Laura said... 6/24/2007 9:20 am  

... and drives a mercedes.

mike said... 6/24/2007 5:05 pm  

but it's a diesel :( and sounds like a truck.

Laura said... 6/25/2007 3:49 am  
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Pablo said... 6/25/2007 1:31 pm  

I hereby challenge you to find a nice German katze to take a photo of! Happy wedding! Kate is trying very hard not to be jealous of your international jetsetting...

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