Mead and No Seatbelts Required
I’ve made it to Germany and I finally received my luggage back from the airline after they conveniently managed to lose all of it and spend 4 days finding it and causing significant damage to it. But I’m not bitter. It’s just funny how once they lose your luggage, they pool all their resources together, get on this huge tracking system, find the luggage, get it sent on the next plane directly to the destination, and personally deliver it to your house, no matter how far away you are from the airport by the time they find it. That is excellent service, I must say. A funny thought crossed my mind.. what would happen if they put only half of that energy and those resources into just not losing it in the first place? Oh, they would obsolete their luggage tracking department and put people out of jobs. That makes sense.
Anyways, so I’ve been in Munich for about two weeks, and I decided I should visit my brother in Prague this weekend. This is always a fun experience, because i always experience something new when I go to Prague. I tried mead for the first time. That was great. How can one not appreciate fermented honey! It was a little on the sweet side, but definitely worth trying if you come across it! Secondly, I found out that in Prague, there is no requirement to wear a seatbelt. This is a little unnerving, when I imagine that everyone in the entire city is driving around without a seatbelt on. I took a cab from the train station to my brother’s place and got the strangest look from the cab driver when I put on my seatbelt. All the cars have seatbelts… they just aren’t required. And nobody that I saw was wearing a seatbelt. That is definitely strange. Even the cab drivers, who tend to drive a car for a living, don’t wear them. Another really strange thing I noticed here, was when you buy a bag of potato chips, you get the same brands and other ones than you find in American grocery stores, only the bag is a lot smaller, but you get the same amount of chips. That’s right, they don’t package up 3 gallons of air for every 5 potato chips. What a country!
I’ll head back to Munich tonight so I can get back to work. I have a busy week ahead of me with getting into the German health care system, filling out forms for the Aufenthaltsamt (Immigration Bureau) and hopefully getting into my new apartment.