Farfegnugen & Bubbly Water

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I often wondered why companies (specifically BMW since I drove one, which reminds me to mention I’m selling my car and I need to put a link up here) make cars that drive incredible speeds when you can hardly use a third of the engine’s power without facing criminal charges. I figured Germans drove the cars fast on the Autobahn, but I always imagined that road as some long single stretch of wide highway that went from one place to another place and wasn’t driven on very often. I didn’t realize the Autobahn was actually the name for the entire Interstate highway network in Germany, including wide stretch of multilane highways as well as two lane roads with hardly enough space to pass. Having driven on the Autobahn for a couple weeks, I now know why BMW makes cars that go 200 miles per hour. Because in Germany people actually drive that fast. The Autobahn is meticulously maintained, pothole free and even sports billboards with the phrase “Fairplay on the Autobahn” printed over a grass athletic field striped to look like a highway.

Oh, and the stop lights! I love this little feature. About two seconds before the light turns green, the yellow and the red light both glow at the same time. This gives you a chance to get in gear and really gas it, so you can explode through the intersection dodging cars that just made the light, trams that have their own rules, buses longer than the intersection and cyclists and pedestrians ignoring the blinking red picture of a human being.

Germans love to drive. No doubt.

They have some strange rules here though. Well they seem strange at first anyway. In the city you can get a ticket for honking your horn without a reason. Now I have no idea how someone might be able to prove you had no justifiable reason to beep the horn, but in any case it’s true and people do get fined. I went on in a conversation about how ridiculous a law this is and proceeded to beep my horn and wave to people in a friendly manner.Then when I was in Berlin I realized it was pretty quiet compared to cities at home. Why is this, I wondered? Ahh…it’s because nobody is beeping their horn. Genius!

I was noticing how although the differences from home to here are mild compared to those I faced in the East; they still knock me off kilter a bit. Maybe because things are relatively similar, I’m letting my guard down. Take for example a hard boiled egg. Maybe it’s just my mom’s cooking, but I’m use to a hard boiled egg actually being hard. Three separate times now I’ve carefully broken the light brown shell off my tasty little breakfast treat and then been sadly disappointed when cutting into the egg, it started to bleed white and yellow slosh all over itself. Add to this the incredible shock of taking a big swig of apple juice only to find it has been laced with a carbonation that somehow makes its way into every single bottled liquid that you can buy anywhere in Germany, ever, no matter how bad you want a normal drink.

So my van doesn’t break 65 mph, but its fun watching everyone drive fast. And I’m not quite sure why, but I think I’m starting to like bubbly water.

2 Thoughts on “Farfegnugen & Bubbly Water”

  1. Dave Hornoff Says:

    Now John, If nothing else you could have learned this from me…pass over the VW van and buy a fast motorcycle that would do 180-200 mph and you could keep up. Even tap water is bubbly at those speeds!!!! Your Wolf friend, Dave H.

  2. Katie Says:

    The horn thing is actually a law in washington state as well…I don’t know how much it’s inforced, but it is there all the same.

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