When they announced that Neymar and Silva were not going to be playing against Germany, I immediately took Monday the 14th off. Everyone around the world expected a "good game" and if you're German it was definitely something! After 4 goals we started getting congratulation messages from friends and family but also got a load of memes, funny videos and surprising pics. Here's a few:
Coming from North America, I'm used to putting every single thing on my credit card, gotta get some points! A 2$ cup of coffee a 90 cents pack of gum, plastic is the way to go. In Germany they have a saying "cash is king", the only place they ask you if you want to pay with a card (bank/debit card) is at the grocery store. They even have those preloaded visa cards where you have to put money on it before you can spend that money which is a little weird to me. Debt is not something the Germans are interested in, it seems to be working for them.
I can't get used to paying with cash, I made baby steps and now I always have some bills in my wallet in case I need to buy something on the go but I still haven't been able to get used to spending the change. My wallet, for one, won't let me fit all these coins in it... what should a man do, go back to wearing a fanny pack?
Not only do I have a problem with change but here they have this system where you pay a deposit for your mug/glass and they give you a token. Bring the glass and the token back and you get your deposit, clearly I didn't grasp that concept and now I'm stuck with some lovely fluorescent tokens from different biergartens or clubs.
I also learned that by law you can purchase an item with up to 50 coins and the cashier has to accept the payment... time to go buy myself a beer or two.
My 6 month internship is coming to an end in July and the
next part of my first year in Munich is about to get a spin. For those who
follow me on BeerFeed you’re aware of my mini trips to Bamberg and most
recently Köln. We have a long weekend in Amsterdam just before we head home to
Canada for a few weeks. The good thing about working in Germany is definitely
the amount of holidays you get.
Morale is up and I don’t really feel homesick, I miss the casual hangouts with
good friends and I used to miss hoppy beers but I recently found some niche
stores that have more hops than I can dream of. I’m slowly getting used to the
daily life and it’s not so different than the life in Canada. I got to meet
some really nice people from around the world (mostly Europe), my geography is
getting slightly better and so is my Deutsch.
I’m signing up for some intensive Deutsch courses over the months of September
and October. After several comments about how difficult it is to work full-time
and then go to class for 3 hours in the evening to learn a new language, I
decided it was in my best interest to take morning classes and focus on
learning Deutsch without any other distractions for two months.
So far, I was offered to be on a television show, I've made
some friends from the four corners of the planet, I've traveled to 2 countries
I've never been before and I learned a whole lot about beer. Until my next
status update I welcome your questions and comments.
In the coming days eBay and Amazon will see their profits rise from the purchase of football jerseys all over the world. Employers will see more and more employees with saggy eyes reeking of booze from last night's victory. For a Canadian living in Munich I'm being asked the same question over and over "Who are you going to cheer for?" Clearly not Canada is my answer. This pushed me to learn a bit more about the Canadian's place in the history of the prestigious, world unifying tournament.
The year was 1986, Mexico
Canada made their way to Group C with the Soviet Union, France and Hungary. This was the only year Canada ever participated in the World Cup. Although they didn't manage to score a single goal, they held the French until the end and Mike Sweeney got a red card, one can only assume he apologized for this.
First and foremost here's the beer haul from this weekend:
They have these store's named Orterer, Franky's and Fristo where they usually sell anything that comes in a bottle. The problem is there's no way of telling which brands they carry. The outcome is that "kid in a candystore feeling". I got my friend a case of gluten free beer and a mixed variety for me. Have you ever heard of these?