Germany is an interesting place, especially if you’ve never been there before. A fascinating combination of the very old and the ultra-new. Centuries old summer palaces, winter palaces, fancy new modern Renaissance Hotels and construction cranes everywhere. We were mostly in East Berlin and they are building real hard to try and catch up with the rest of Germany.
What’s the first thing that caught my eye when I got there? The birds. Green parks and green trees everywhere, and all full of birds. Of course, since I’d never been there before, the bird shapes and sizes and colors were new to my eyes and their marvelous sweet songs unfamiliar to my ears. That means I spent a lot of time gawking at the treetops and flapping my hands in frustration because I forgot to bring a book on German birds to help me figure out what I was seeing.
One bird species I was instantly able to identify was the European House Sparrow. This was where they really belonged and they were everywhere.
One thing I had trouble getting used to was dogs in restaurants. You can take your dogs out to dinner with you when you go to a restaurant in Germany. Little dogs, middle-sized dogs, and I even saw a greyhound lying on the floor under one table, covering the tops of four sets of indifferent feet.
Try sipping your hot soup when a poodle and a Dachshund at the next table are yapping their heads off and trying to bite each other’s tails off. Makes for interesting dining.