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... and how it is different from the US and the UK.

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I have no idea how to even start, so I'm starting with Breakfast.

Breakfast in Germany tends to be bread with something on it.

The bread can be simple white wheat rolls (Brötchen), toast or what we call "gray" bread (Graubrot), which is a mix of wheat and rye, or "black" bread (Schwarzbrot) which is mostly rye with some caramel sugar to give it the dark color. Black bread is also often wholemeal (Vollkornbrot) - and by that I mean you will see mostly full grains in it.

The "something" on the bread is butter or margerine and then either sweet (not sweat! emoticon ) things (jam, or nutella), or salty thing like salami, liver sausage, sliced bacon, cream cheese, or cheese.

Yes, we do have coffee or tea with breakfast, and some people have cereal and others have yoghurt and stuff - but what I described is still the most common.

Feel free to ask questions!

(This could become a really long thread...)

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This will be a very interesting thread!

Thanks for starting it, Firle, and thanks for suggesting it, Susa!

I'm hoping that you mean sweet things, and not sweat things. emoticon

I look forward to hearing more about German Every Day Life, Firle.

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Your breakfast sounds really good, Firle! I used to have toast with butter and jelly on it for breakfast. That would qualify as German. I don't suppose the piece of toast with a hot dog on it I had this morning would qualify.

Liver sausage sounds good!

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Oh, Sue! emoticon

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Hope you know that I am just teasing you, Firle.

I took 3 years of German in high school, and I know that I would never be able to write in German as well as you do in English.

I think you have an amazing command of the English language!

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Yes, I knew you were saying that in a teasing voice. emoticon

My only explanation is that I fell in love with English as a teenager. I learned everything I could about it, and I still enjoy learning more.

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Yes, I knew you were saying that in a teasing voice. emoticon

My only explanation is that I fell in love with English as a teenager. I learned everything I could about it, and I still enjoy learning more.

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I would like to know how your appliances differ from our appliances and also bathroom fixtures.

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Oh gosh Firle, thankyou for this, so very interesting,,

I have said before, I am a little Englander, for all that means,, hardly travelled, did French and German at school, but found the German language a bit "guttural" (?) for me, didn`t do well in French either,.. as I said, "little Englander" that`s me.. live in my own little world..

so... just said that by way of explanation for my ignorance,, but hey! I love to hear about most other people.

I have porridge, sweet, with fruit..

used to have the "fry up" when very young.

I am not sure that I could eat meat in the mornings, though I am a carnivore,, and you know what Firle, your English is better than mine! emoticon

I am presently reading your "Here Be Dragons" and it is beautifully written, I truly mean that,,

I quite like what I know as a Continental breakfast, but guess that could be more French than German,..??

I did visit Paris many moons ago, and stayed in an hotel (and yes, my English can be old fashioned) and had croissants and little pots of jam , I think.. and coffee, whereas I was brought up on tea only.

I am thinking rye bread could be dense? heavy? compared to our supermarket breads, which I ,,, yuck,,, quite dislike...

so you would have margarine rather than butter?

I think a lot of our children would have breakfast cereals,, like cornflakes, but sugared! oh dear! with loads of full fat cream milk! love it! but don`t eat it , too many calories..

our gks have that for breakfast.

Oh gosh I love traditional German stuff.

(this could be long response! lol)

my dad always told me that the English (yes English, not GB or UK) are most tied/close to Germans and we should unite...
remember I grew up during ww2 ..

such a beautiful country you live in, and castles too! another lol

o.k. I will try to stick to breakfast food.
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Nanny, thanks! emoticon

Yes, German as a language is a bit more guttural than English, our "r" is a scraping sound in the back of the throat, and of course, we have more scratchy sounds with the "ich" and the "ach" sounds.

And rye bread is definitely more dense that the usual British or US bread. Quite heavy, too, and I'm fairly certain you won't find it in your countries. Even speciality bakeries would adapt their bread to be lighter and softer.

Here's a pic of "Vollkornbrot", full grain rye bread, while I'm making a sandwich for work. I now use butter.

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I know the "fry up" from the British friends my husband and I used to visit. And sometimes, I fry up bacon and crack a few eggs into the pan - but it's usually brunch on a Sunday. Rarely had the sausages, though...

Susa... I'm not sure what you mean about appliances and fixtures.

I know that I dislike American showers. They seem so unwieldy. emoticon

Here, showerheads are mounted on a hose, and there is a holder in the shower that usually is adjustable in height. So I can stand underneath a showerhead, but I can also hold it in my hands and direct the spray where I want it to go.

Also, we don't have chloride in the water, which makes a shower much more pleasant in my opinion. It doesn't smell as if I'm standing in a chemical factory ... ahem.

This is my shower. The hose is crooked because it's stiff when it's cold, and I had hung it over the holder rather than putting the showerhead into it. But I wanted to show you the showerhead in its normal position.

You can also see the fixtures (??) to the left, with one knob for cold and one for hot water (with red and blue rings). I usually only need the hot water one for a shower.

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Firle, I wish I had a shower like that!!!!

I don't think I would do well with your rye bread. I think that my gut would rebel. It does not do well with whole grains, even though I know they are better for me. I use real butter, too.

I would like to see your stove, refrigerator, sink, microwave (if you have one), toilet, tub, that sort of thing. I know that Nanny's oven is separate from her cook top while ours is one appliance.

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emoticon in other words,, Firle... reveal all! emoticon

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Okay, you'll get a bit every day. First of all - I don't have a tub and there are days when I miss one. That's because we (ex-husband and I and friends) put the bathroom into a corner of the kitchen when we moved in, and it's about as small as it can get. The shower fills one corner, then there is a basin, and the toilet at the other end.

We just didn't want to sacrifice a lot of kitchen space.

Now, all of this happened because in houses as old as this one, people didn't have bathrooms at the time it was built. They used to bathe in the kitchen, once a week, in a tin tub, with water heated on the stove.

The toilet used to be halfway down the stairs, and this house was luxurious, because every apartment had their own toilet. Quite often, two apartments had to share one. That space now holds my washing machine.

(Yes, you'll get pictures.)

This house was built for officers and their families, and the apartments have three rooms and the kitchen. In each apartment there are different solutions for the bathrooms now, but they are always integrated into the kitchen.

That is actually not quite legal - as I recall, the rules say there must be two doors between a toilet and a kitchen, and in none of these apartments there is - but it was the only way it could be done, considering the water lines.

Oh, and one room has stucco on the ceiling. It is now my living room. (Sadly, some of it is crumbling.)

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Cool, Firle! I am looking forward to this! How old is the house?

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About a hundred years. Definitely built before WW I.

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My mother would LOVE that "Volkornbrot"...her father's family were German and they had a lot of German foods growing up. She loves the dark rye breads like [sign in to see URL] she also has a very heavy hand with the butter, so she'd like the whole thing!

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My grandparents were German. She had me write a family cookbook with a bunch of here German recipes. Not sure I could eat that [sign in to see URL] a bit heavy emoticon

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We have a German cookbook that belonged to my mother's [sign in to see URL] make recipes from it often. Love them! emoticon

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Yes, it is heavy bread, and you have to chew it well. On the other hand, it contains many more nutrients than white bread.

I found a brand that I tolerate well, but I eat various kinds of bread over the day. Sometimes, what I want on it determines the bread I want - jam is best on white rolls, a cooked and sliced egg is great on Vollkornbrot.

That's just me! emoticon

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your house and way of life, is not that dissimilar to many places here, and places I have lived in Firle..

I love old houses,, (we live in a modern one now)

Question... do you have a chimney, and a fire place? do you have a real fire in it? that is one thing that I really, really miss here.. we have no chimney even.

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Another question maybe more for Susan? or both of you?

any chance of splitting this thread into separate compartments? I find it very difficult to go back and find something that I want to regurgitate, ..
perhaps that is just me?

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No!!!! Don't split the thread! I want it complete to move to The Library later. I like everything in one place and organized so I can find it later.

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Nanny, I have many chimneys - every room used to have its own coal oven when this house was built. Now the ovens are gone (which is good, much less dirt, let alone carrying coal up to the fifth floor!), and there is more room.

Sadly, I don't have a fireplace, either.

I promise more pics tomorrow, too tired tonight...

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Oh this is fascinating!!!
I actually like your shower head better than mine. I think if I have my bathroom redone, I'm doing my shower like yours. (already snagged your photo!) emoticon

I have a Full blooded German Aunt, my Uncle on my Dad's side married her after the war.
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You can buy hand showers on Amazon. I think I picked out the best one at Walmart, it has a 5 foot chromed hose and 6 spray settings.

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Thanks, Firle, for sharing about the German Every Day Life.

Very interesting.


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Firle, I am glad that you are doing this. It is interesting to see our differences, although your shower probably is not a lot different than many here. I saw shower wands a lot like yours when we were shopping for our bathroom remodel. Yours must not be very old.
 
I could eat your whole grain bread. It looks heavier than ours but in the natural foods part of the grocery they have some pretty heavy whole grain breads.
 
Sundays I usually cook eggs and bacon or pancakes but most days I eat leftovers for breakfast. That could include meat and vegetables, sometimes beef tacos, my favorite. My husband eats cereal with milk weekdays.
 


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My shower is about 17 years old. We built it in 1998, when we moved into the apartment. But I've always seen and used shower wands all my life. That's how they are made in Germany (you can get much more complicated ones with massage settings etc, but they won't work well with the water heater I have - not enough pressure).

I was too tired yesterday to post more. I have nothing planned for this afternoon, except setting up one blog post (and promoting Dorelle!), so I think I can get more pics ready.

I want to show you the rest of my bathroom, and my kitchen. emoticon

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Firle, I look forward to everything you have to share, but we have lots and lots of time, so if you are tired, rest.

I am looking forward to your bathroom, kitchen and everything.


I would like to know what your grocery stores are like, too.

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I just took a bunch of pictures, but I don't want to overwhelm you, either.

So here's my tiny bathroom.

The first pic shows the view straight on, from the kitchen through the sliding door. You can see the doorknob to the right.

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To the right is the shower that you've already seen, this time covered with the shower curtain. That is a bit more yellow that this pic shows, it has a really nice, warm yellow.

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And finally, in the other corner, the toilet, with its new seat - remember that rush? I finally got it installed.

Above the toilet is the radiator for heating, but it's not doing a good job, really. I don't use it much. The bathroom is so small that it heats up quickly when I take a shower, anyway.

Oh, and that strange box halfway up from the toilet is where you flush it. Push the lower part and let go, and everything else happens on its own.

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Let me know if you have questions. (This really is a tiny bathroom. Most Germans have much bigger ones.)

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