Living In Germany -

Hitting a deer with your car is bad for everyone. In fact, if you get through the situation uninjured, you are pretty lucky. There are over 1.5 million accidents involving deer per year. Wildunfall Deer accidents send 10,000 people to the hospital and kill about 200 people per year. Who knows how many deer die because of cars? What can we do as drivers to reduce injuries to ourselves, our cars and the deer?

How Not to Hit a Deer

  1. Slow down when you see a deer on the side of the road. 
  2. If you see one deer, there are apt to be more.
  3. Honk your horn several times to scare them off
  4. Deer are nocturnal. Pay closest attention at dusk and dawn (between 5:00 and 8:00 am and 18:00 to 23:00pm depending on the time of the year).

What to Do About That Deer in the Road?

I would advise against touching it. The deer may be alive, and it can strike you with its powerful legs. Then you’ll be lying in the road with the deer. The best thing to do is dial 110. Pull your car over, if mobile, out of the way of oncoming traffic and turn on your hazards. This will stop others from hitting the deer. Set up your emergency triangle. When the police arrive, fill out an accident report for insurance purposes and be sure to take some pictures for your insurance. The police will be able to call the proper local authorities about the deer.

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MarderSo you thought your car is safe out there on your favorite parking spot? You say its covered, locked and has an alarm?

Well it may not be as safe as you would hope …

Martens, adorable little ferret looking animals call Germany their home, and while usually harmless to humans, they will defend their territory fiercely. Sometimes during long summer nights you can hear them growl and fight… they have very creepy sounds.

Either way once one of your friendly neighborhood marten noticed that another marten has been in or around his territory (including your car… which is really his… you just didn’t know it) they get quite mad and will tear and bite anything to shreds that has been marked by a strange marten including your brake lines or sparkplug cables, who needs those anyways…?

The Marten lives in attics, sheds or wherever it can find a spot and especially during cold autumn nights there is nothing better than a nice preheated motor in a protected car.

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Hotel_Sole_Italien_Eisdiele You’re out in town and the weather is nice, sunny and warm…

Perfect timing for a visit at one one the numerous Ice cafes along Germany’s roads…

It doesn’t matter if you walk along the pedestrian streets or you are in a busy main road, bella Italia with its yummy ice cream dreams are sprouting everywhere.

So your seated and you have the menu and you chose your cup but your little one just want a cone with a scoop of Ice-cream… or you might have just stood in line and got a one with the cold deliciousness and head to one of the many seats to sit and rest.

No sooner as you sit down with your ice-cream cone , a waitress rushes to your side… but not to ask if she can get you something else… no she informs you promptly that you have to evacuate your seat , since you only bought a cone and not an ice-cream sundae…

So what’s with that??? Why cant i sit and eat my ice-cream cone that i paid for??

Well its actually legal issue and sadly not up to the ice-cream owner.

If you buy food in Germany you only pay a 7% Sales tax on it

If you go to a restaurant your tax is 19% , the 7% for the food and the rest is the gratuity charge. That is exactly the same gratuity charge any waiter will tell you is included in the bill. But that is not a tip,

That’s why the prices at the ice-cream stand and sit down cafe are different.

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It’s hot outside and you made your way into one of the many cafes or beer gardens in Germany, and while you are familiar with the common liquor and cocktail names, you find a lot of names you have never heard of.

So let’s dive right in:

BeertentOne word you need to get yourself familiar with is “Schorle” you may know that as spritz.

Schorle is actually a mixed Drink (half and half) and depending on what it is mixed with you may get quite the different outcome. First there are the sweet “Suesse” Schorle wich means it has sweet Lemon soda and the sour “Sauere” Schorle thatgets mixed with sparkly water.

You can order a:

· Fruit Schorle = half Fruit juice – half sparkling water

· Apfel Schorle = half Apple juice –half sparkling water

· Suesse Weinschorle = half Lemon Soda – half white or red wine

· Saure Weinschorle = half sparkling water – half white or red wine

Another Drink we love to mix is Beer

Most common one would be the Radler, a mix between lemon soda and beer (usually Pils), but we don’t stop there. Also well liked is Cola – Beer or Beer mixed with Fruit juices like Banana juice. Another Beer mixed Drink is the so called “Berliner Weisse”. If you like it sweet it just may be the perfect drink for you! Traditionally the beer is mixed with either Raspberry Syrup for the red ones or Sweet Woodruft “Waldmeister” Syrup for the green drinks.

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I wrote this piece, having the military family and the lifestyle that goes along with it, in mind. Here it goes; I would like to say a couple lines about pet adoptions.

059 This is not meant as criticism of people but more as a reminder what to look for. I know from experience there is nothing greater than having a fury companion, or to see your children growing up with that. Pets bring so much to a family and can teach important things like responsibility and compassion.
BUT before you decide to add a furry companion to your family you should really sit down and list the pros and cons of taking that next step. If you are a fan of this page, you are very likely a military member stationed in Germany, so the first question on your check list has to be: will I have the money to ship my pet, or board it in case of family emergencies?
The ASPCA estimates first year costs for a dog or cat will total over 1000$, while costs for a guinea pig could reach 700$. Expenses for Fish or birds could top 200$.
You should count on, to be save, about 2k in transport costs (you may have to board the pet somewhere, if they aren’t allowed to fly with you because of the heat or something).
Next point, you are in Europe!!! The best and probably only time you get to explore the old world!!! Are you willing to board your pet when you take trips? Be aware that some pets like reptiles, fish or birds can’t be transported back to the states, and you will have to find them a new home before going back! Leaving an animal behind is a crime in Germany and if you are caught, they will fine you. Then the family question, do you have small kids or plan on having kids soon? Please remember if your already stressed and busy with kids, a pet will only add to that. Dogs will need walks, and it’s against housing regs and German law to just lock them on the yard or balcony. A cat if outdoors needs to be current on all her shots and frequent worm treatments and may need vet visits for getting into cat fights, indoor cats need their litter boxes (1 per cat at least) at a kids save place, cleaned.
I know a lot of parents think its special for a baby to grow up with a puppy, but in all reality, that kiddo won’t remember a thing and unless you are really committed and up for challenge, don’t like a good night sleep or have a second adult around at all times to help, save yourself the trouble. Of course it’s doable… everything really is, but more often than not the parents get too stressed with the situation and the pet gets the shorter end of the stick.

 

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