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...but it's ok, really.

Written on: Thursday September 20th, 2007

A journal entry from: Fall for Germany

I know why they do it, of course.  But it still bothers me.  When I sit down, I want the cool sweetness to contrast with the rough texture as I swallow.  I'm talking about milk on my cereal, of course.  I miss refrigeration.  My host family buys non-fresh milk that doesn't have to be refrigerated until opened because they go through it so much.  I understand that.  Maybe it's because of the kids, or maybe they just forget, but there are many times when the milk is just left out on the table in the morning after the coffees are made and the kids have gone to school.  So I when I eat my breakfast, it's generally room temperature.  I'm pretty sure it's not dangerous, but I never realized how much cereal needs cold milk to make it delicious.  I have cereal about every morning and I can count on one hand how many times it's been cold.  It doesn't make me want to go home sooner, it just makes me want my own fridge/milk.

Really, i miss refrigeration in general.  Yes, we have one and meats and cheeses and leftovers are abundant, but rarely drinks.  I'm used to whatever beverages we have to be refrigerated, (except for the cans, but we don't drink those that much), a water dispenser build into the fridge, and beverages therefore cold when drank.  And if not cold, then ice to make it be so.  Here, except for the few times I've found the milk in there, beverages are never put in the refrigerator.  And I'm not sure ice has been discovered because I have not seen it anywhere, either in restaurants or my family's home.  So while I enjoy the taste of this lovely carrot-orange drink the kids are obsessed with, or the carbonated apple juice I love, I wonder what it would taste like cold.  Actually, I can think of one place to get cold drinks: the ubiquitous little backereis and imbisses.  So if I'm desirous for a coke (light) or fanta (actually good), I'm in luck.  But at home?  Nope.

Also, vegetables.  I don't have them much.  Trust me, I'm having plenty of bread and I make sure I get my fruit because I love fruit, but I don't seem to be having many vegetables.  Yes, there is the carrot-orange drink, but I doubt that's fulfilling any sort of daily recommendations.  Sometimes we have a salad, but I can't think of many other times we have veggies.  I'm not complaining too much (yet) because I've never been a huge fan of planning to eat veggies, but I got used to eating vegetarian meals fairly regularly during the past two years and I miss them.  

I can't really think of any other complaints though.  Maybe bigger sized bread for some delicious sandwhichs that aren't half the size I'm used to, but that's ok.  There's always the backereis.  

(p.s. updated some of the past blogs with pictures.  and added the plums to my last blog)


From Jacqui on Oct 7th, 2007

Can I get an AMEN!? The lack of refrigeration, ice, and in my case, cold SKIM milk, was one of my greatest complaints in Germany. Germans have all sorts of cool environmentally friendly technologies; can't they get more cold and cheap beverages? And I know what you mean about the veggies. Maybe you could pick some up at the Markt?