Public drinking in Germany

Brief notes . . .

We went to a little snack bar near the hotel around midnight, getting a little something to eat and a beer. Funny thing was we weren’t allowed to drink the beer inside the place, but instead had to walk about 50 feet outside into the street, open the beer there (by this young punk and his other homeless type friends), and then drink the beer in the streets. So, public drinking is the law in Leer! Only drinking with your friends in the street will be tolerated!

I have been trying to eat and drink as many of the local delicacies as possible. In northern Germany that means herring! I think I’ve had herring at least 4 different ways in the past 2 days. I’m sure I’ll find more . . .

The second and final wedding is at 4pm today. This is the big one, for the church. After that there will be drinking and eating into the night . . . oh! then something we didn’t plan on . . . brunch the next morning with the whole family again. As Babette would say, “social over load”.

I am picking up some German vocabulary, but it’s a truly difficult language to learn. There’s something about making certain sounds with your mouth that aren’t natural for English speakers (today I learned that I speak a “special English” when trying to communicate with a German). Nevertheless, I am able to say good morning, generally great people, know when it’s time to eat, and say thank you and please . . .

more later!

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