Saturday, February 09, 2008

The funniest things about Europe

Vincent Vega: You know what the funniest thing about Europe is?
Jules Winnfield: What?
Vincent Vega: It's the little differences. I mean they got the same sh** over there that they got here, but it's just, just there it's a little different.
Jules Winnfield: Example.
So I've been in Germany for about three weeks now, and the little differences have taken some getting used to. I'll go over a few about them periodically, as I notice them.

First, Bathrooms. I've been to several places in search of housing, and noticed all of them share some interesting peculiarities. Even non-residential restrooms share these traits. They remind me of bathrooms in non-renovated US houses built prior to the 50's.
  • Toilets: When dropping your kids off at the pool, be wary that there is a mandatory water slide, only the water is off, and they will get stuck half way down. "Bottom" line is that you will feel like the stool examiner in "The Last Emperor" every time you have to go number two. On the plus side, your toilet will never get dirty, because you will be scrubbing the bowl after every visit.
  • Sinks: Usually they are small and functional only. They usually lack the pull stoppers, and opt for the old fashioned stopper on a chain. I have yet to see any sink vanity combinations in off base housing.
  • Showers: Very rudimentary with external plumbing, i.e. hand held shower head connected by hose to a faucet.
  • Vanities: None. Maybe the sink has some extra room to hold a bar of soap.
More to come.


Derelys said...

Oh, the little things we take for granted!

Derelys said...

One of these days, I'm going to go to your blog and discover a new posting. I think I'll have to be resuscitated after the shock!