Tuesday, June 30, 2009

German words for English Eyes

We see a lot of funny things around town. Some of them are odd English words and some are not odd German words, but they sound funny when you pretend that they are. For example, this cereal has an English name, but I am not sure what they were going for. Is this cereal really free to eat? Can I just eat a few handfuls there in the store, or do I have to eat the whole box? Actually, does "Free to Eat" refer to the cereal or is it just the box I am allowed to eat without paying? So many questions.Then there are signs that seem hostile. I don't know who the Schmuck(ecke) is, but it seems sad someone wants him to die.
At least here they are not specifically targetting anyone. They are dealing out equal opportunity death threats.
But, enough death. Why not enjoy a "BumBum" ice cream instead? (P.s. Oddly enough the Bum Bum flavor was not delicious.)
If you don't fancy an ice cream there is always the mixture of bum flavors to be found in "BUMIX".
Or perhaps instead of bum you prefer the more refined "Rump"?
And everyone knows there is no better way to relax than with your very own Cult in your very own home!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Heilige Pug
Hello everyone! This week I slow cooked a chicken for a few hours. When it was done I rinsed out the pan and was shocked by what I saw. There, emblazoned on the bottom of my pan was the image of a pug-face! I think this must be a sign from the great pug in the sky. Hoorah!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Shopping in Germany

Things are still going well here in Germany. (Aside to Camie: Bryce got an internship with a steel manufacturing company here in Germany, we found out about it the day after you left!) Right now he is working on optimizing a machine called the Fett-schmierungsomething-or-other which translates directly to "Fat-Smearer" I know you are not supposed to translate things directly but it is just so much fun! It is a lubrication system for the cold rolling machines. He has also been asked to design a spline for another machine.

The weather has been a bit rainy, but it is really lovely here. I usually work, clean and go to the grocery store during the day. If you are ever planning on grocery shopping in germany there are a few things that you should know:

#1. Not all containers, depicting happy people cuddling clean towels, are full of actual laundry soap. If you are not careful you might find yourself doing loads of laundry with nothing but fabric softener.
Con: Everything will still be dirty.
Pro: At least everything will smell good.

#2. Many food products here say things like "FIREY HOT" with pictures of jalepenos and flames. I believe this is a trick designed to fool people, especially people who think food looks best through a veil of pepper induced tears (I'm looking at you Sara Marie...) When they say "FIREY HOT" they actually mean "SPRINKLED WITH PAPRIKA". However, if something says "Scharf" be prepared for tears.
Con: The package lied to you.
Pro: No tears of fire.

#3. Sometimes you might think you are buying ladies sanitary napkins, but in reality you are buying adult diapers.
Con: You husband mocks you, the cashier looks at you funny.
Pro: None.

Note: This is just a friendly warning. I can neither confirm nor deny firsthand experience with any of these situations.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Germany Update
Hello from Germany! Hee hee that title looks like it says "Germ any up date" but it is supposed to look like the colors of the german flag ok? Things have been pretty crazy getting settled in Germany, but it has been really fun. Luckily we are living in an arpartment owned by two very kind and helpful people!
This weekend we went to Braunschweig, wich is a large city a couple of minutes away from the little village we live in. Braunschweig, (Brunswick on an English map) is pretty and big, with lots of castle-like buildings and cathedrals.
Here is handsome Bryce sitting infront of a schloss that was rebuilt two years ago. The original was destroyed by bombing in WWI.

There was a Middleages fest going on in the city this weekend it was a lot of fun to see, especially surrounded by so many middle ages buildings.
This is my Pen-pal Heike and her son. We have been writing to eachother for a little over a year and it was really exciting to get to meet her! It is pretty amazing that out of all the places we could have ended up in Germany we are just a few minutes away from where she lives!
Here is handsome Bryce infront of a famous very very old statue of a lion. He is standing about 3 feet away from the place where we saw the most adorable little pug puppy, but the statue was cool too. So far I have been really enjoying it here. Bryce has to work all day, which I do not love, but it is really great to be in the coutryside!