We were recently invited to a mystery place (I will tell you more about it when I return) for the holiday weekend here.
The holiday is Labor Day but here it is called Tag der Arbeit - 1. Mai. If you click on the link you can read some very interesting history about it.
I was told that Labor Day here in Berlin can be pretty messy. Demonstrations and car burning are regular activities and are expected. I am going to go out on a limb and guess that in this economy, this year won't be any different. In fact, last year, Berlin's police chief warned that fancy cars should not be parked in Kruezberg (Kruezberg is an area of Berlin in the West). So I was happy to have made plans to leave this weekend (although in my area, demonstrations are HIGHLY unlikely unless the pensioners decide to leave their walkers at home and go to bed late!)
Back to my point. Our friends that invited us away for the weekend are German. We have been making plans for just a couple of days.
I noticed that every time I send her an email, she uses this
At first, I thought it was just a coincidence but after thinking about this and other occurrences, I am starting to wonder if Germans would just rather use the phone. Those of you who live in Germany, has this also been your experience?
I don't mind talking on the phone. It seems much more efficient in some cases but I will have to get used to listening for and actually picking up our home phone. :)
Culture Shock continues to happen... even in month 10.