Shelby's Photoblog: Be American and Eat a Jar Dog

An absolutely brilliant invention: this sign lists the nearby parking garages and how many open spots are available. Why can't they do this in the U.S.? For some reason the walk/don't walk crossing signal has two lights dedicated to don't walk. Perhaps it means "Don't Walk. I mean Really, Really Don't Walk." One of the English language schools down the street. I'm tempted to go in, take their English test, and then say "Oh, I guess I don't need your classes after all." But then, what if I did poorly on the test. How stupid would I feel then?
Not sure what's American about this bar. It looks like every other bar I've ever seen. A view of the Gänsemarkt--the shopping and food square down the street from our apartment. Another view of the Gänsemarkt.
A little taste of home. This is the Pom House where I get my fries with cheese sauce. Das Brotchen means the roll (like a dinner roll) and is an extension of the bakery attached to the Pom House. Rather than pay the bus driver, you buy a ticket at this conveniently located ticket booth.
Next to the bakery is this wurst store. All kinds of interesting looking sausage here, as well as cheeses and a counter of things like potato and herring salad. Beet salad is popular, and is flourescent pink. This is a very hip, chic clothing store for the young female market. I understand the appeal of using American names, but Big Lebowski? The Alster, a lake off of the Gänsemarkt.
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Whenever a street is named after a person, they include a little plaque explaining who the person was. That's kind of nice. Not that I can read them.

Yet another Americanism. And yes, they do carry very American looking boots. I thought the name "Lust and Pause" was funny. Like "Sex and Take a Break." And that's not too far off. In German it means "Joy and Break." It's a bar.
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Another picture of a street name with explanation.

Some friends of my parents took a trip to Germany and rented a car. When they parked it, they said "Remember, we parked on Einbahnstrasse." When they returned to their car they looked for the street named Einbahnstrasse and saw them everywhere. Einbahnstrasse means One-Way Street.
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Yes, that's right. Very realistic looking gummy eyeballs. Nasty!

Hot dogs are very popular here. The drawback? They're packaged in jars. I call these Jar Dogs. This is only a portion of the Jar Dog selection at Wal Mart. It's also nearly impossible to find hot dog buns to go with these.
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Be American and eat a Jar Dog!

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And what could possibly be more American than the Wal Mart brand of Jar Dogs?

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