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I was reading Adriana’s blog earlier today and she posted about a Scarf Swap that Kate over at Simply Said by Simply Me is organizing.  I thought it would be fun to participate because, honestly who doesn’t love a cute new scarf?

So if you want to join in, head to Kate’s page and post a comment with your e-mail address.  She’ll send you a form to fill out, and you’ll be ready to go!  You have until October 21st to sign up!

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This weekend I’m off to Knoxville, TN to watch my beloved Dawgs battle the TN Vols.  I hope the game is good.  We’ll have a kick-ass tailgate complete with awesomely delicious chicken drumsticks (T and I are the master drumstick grillers), chorizo sausage, homemade baked goods, Bloody Marys and of course beer pong.

I have a cute new outfit to wear – A red dress, black leggings, and cute new black riding boots.  In the South jeans and sweats don’t cut it for football games (don’t ask me why, cause I really don’t know).  It’s supposed to be rainy, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will hold off for the game.  At least we have a canopy to tailgate under!

My new outfit:

07708696_665Cute new dress

312aonspCaL._AA260_My cute new boots

Happy weekend lovelies! 🙂

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It’s that time again, where you share a little bit too much about yourself with thousands of strangers.  To read about everyone else’s horror stories, go to LiLu’s TMI Thursday page:)

Since I have just returned from a trip to Germany (I can’t believe I’ve been back a week already) I thought I would share a very funny and random TMIT with all of you lovelies.

I don’t know how many of you have been to Germany, but if you have, one of the first things you notice when you use a toilet in a house or hotel (most public toilets are the same) is that they are different from American toilets.  I know you are probably wondering how a toilet can really be that different, but it Germany it can.

Take a look at example A.  It is a toilet that you see in America, no matter where you go.  There is a deep bowl, filled with water.

American Toilet Example A – American Toilet

Now, take a look at Example B.  It’s a German toilet.  Instead of being greeted by a big bowl of water, you are met with a small puddle of water that rests on a shelf.  Down a steep slope from the shelf is the hole, where the rest of the water resides.

German toiletExample B – German toilet

I will give you a few moments to ponder over this oddity….You ready?

Now, I grew up in Germany.  But I always forget about the Poop Shelf (our wonderful nickname for it) until I visit and experience it for the first time.  It is seriously makes for one of the nastiest bathroom experiences ever.  For girls, going pee isn’t bad; it’s practically the same.  For guys, I’m sure there is a degree of splash back due to the shelf.  Going number 2 is a whole different story.

Imagine if you will, that you are on a vacation in Germany.  You have been drinking beer religiously because in most places it’s cheaper than soda or water.  You are eating a diet full of meat (deli, cooked, sausage – you name it, you’re eating it), carbs and probably not as many veggies as you should be having.  All of this heavy eating and drinking takes a toll on your digestive track, so you have to make frequent trips to the bathroom.

You saunter into the bathroom, cop a squat, and do your business, only to be met by the most foul odor you can imagine.  Because when you poop in Germany, Mr. Hanky does not submerge into a pool of water, which helps dissipate the stench.  Instead, he lands in a tiny amount of water on the Poop Shelf, wafting his stankiness up and out of the toilet.  It is awful!

In this instance, you try to be polite and courtesy flush.  But if you are not physically prepared to assume a skiers crouch, your tush will get splashed by the violent rush of water that is necessary to propel Mr. Hanky to his final destination in a sewage treatment plant.

I’m sure you are wondering what the Poop Shelf is for.  Well, I will tell you.  It’s for making the collection of stool samples so much easier.  Instead of trying to unload in a tiny cup, you can just do it on the shelf and scoop it out.  How ingenious!  – I could not imagine having to scoop poop out of the toilet in a cup, shudder.

For those of you really interested in the Poop Shelf, check out this hilarious article I found comparing German and American toilets.

So, have any of you had any strange toilet experiences in your travels overseas? 🙂



So, after 13 glorious days of exploring Germany and not working, I am back – well, I actually got back last Wednesday but haven’t really had a chance to write yet.  The trip was amazing.  The time flew by way too fast, as vacation always seems to do.

We spent 4 days hanging out with my grandparents and great aunts and uncles, then we hopped a train to Berlin.  Let me tell you, if you’ve never been to Berlin, it is such a cool city.  There is this eclectic vibe to it –  you have brand new, old, East and West German architecture all mixed together, which is something you rarely find here in the states.  Unfortunately, we were only there about 2 days, so we didn’t get to explore all of the museums and historical sites in any real depth.  We did take a city tour, which led us through the East and West portions of the city and over to Museum Island.  We would have loved to actually go inside the museums, but there just wasn’t enough time.  Next time we head that way, I want to set aside so time to really explore the city and all it has to offer.

After Berlin, we headed to Erlangen and Nuremberg for a few days to visit with Little S’s host family.  We had a pretty chill visit because we wanted to save our energy for Munich and Oktoberfest.  After 2.5 days with the host family, we hopped another train to Munich.

Munich is also a very cool city that I would like to explore a little more.  We only had 3 days there and a majority of the time was taken up by Oktoberfest.  T and I went 3 days in a row, basically closing down the tents around 11 p.m. each night (Little S and JT stayed late night one, the other times they left early).  Day 3 was rough because we got to bed a little after midnight, but had to be up by 5 a.m. to get to the airport.

Oktoberfest is really quite an amazing thing to see and experience.  It’s basically this extra large fair with crazy rides, food, souvenirs and beer.  But I’ve never experienced anything like it in the US.  There are no entry fees; you just come in and out of the Weis’n as you please.  And the beer tents aren’t really tents at all.  They are large wooden structures, about the size of an airplane hangar, that can fit thousands of people inside.

What really impresses me about the whole thing is that no matter which tent you go into, you are served beer in a glass mass (mug) and food on real plates with silverware.  And the food is really food, not crappy hot dogs and nachos like you find at fairs over here.  You can get a half of a roasted chicken, roulade with dumplings, goulash with spetzle, and the list goes on.  If you’re in the mood for something more snacky, you can find bratwurst or leberkaese on hard rolls with mustard.

People are also so friendly.  You end up just cramming into tables with total strangers from all over the world, and at the end of the night you have a new friend.  Everyone dances and sings while jumping up and down on the benches (which is kind of hard to do while holding a liter of beer in a giant glass mug, but oh so much fun).  And with all the inebriated people in the area, there is very little violence.  I feel like if something like this existed in America, drunk people would be starting fights all over the place and beating the crap out of each other.  The entire time we were there, I never saw any major incidents even though there were thousands and thousands of people there.

This trip really got me thinking.  I like being in America, but sometimes I think I like the European way of life so much more.  Everyone is so much more relaxed.  If you want to buy a beer at the store and drink it while you walk through the city, no one thinks twice.  Over here you’ll get in trouble for an open container.  I also love how amazing public transportation is, no matter how big or small the city is.  My grandparents live in a tiny town, but they still have access to buses and trains with very little hassle.  In Atlanta, I can’t even get to a train station without taking a bus for 20+ minutes or driving for 10, and by that time I could be at my destination.

I am also super impressed with how environmentally friendly everyone is in Germany.  Toilet flushes can be started and stopped to conserve water.  People practically recycle everything because it’s so easy to get it to the appropriate place to turn it in.  Recycling trucks don’t come into my neighborhood, and there isn’t a sorting facility anywhere near by me – so what do I end up doing?  Throwing it all away.  People also don’t drive gigantic cars.  All cars are small and way more fuel efficient than the monster trucks and SUVs people in the states insist on driving.  No one really needs a car that big, especially in a city!

So, that was my mini trip recap and rant.  The whole thing would have been even cooler if I had the pictures to insert into the post, but my laptop is not really working again so I haven’t loaded the pictures up yet.  I guess it’s time to buy a new laptop…As soon as I get some pictures onto a computer, I will post them for your viewing pleasure!

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