Monday, November 5, 2007

They love stamps... lots of stamps.

Well, Ebe and I are officially registered with the local town hall. A rule in Germany is that you must register with your local town hall whenever changing addresses. We've been kind of bad and waited until today to do it. The process wasn't all that difficult, but we were a little nervous going in because our landlady has never registered, so we didn't want to get her in trouble. Needless to say, after a few questions in German, a glance at our passport, and some data input, we were given a piece of paper with a stamp showing that we have officially registered.... yay. Apparently German bureaucracy loves stamps. We finally have a document that is stamped, and now all we need are a few more to finally apply for an extension on our VISA.

After all this, I think I need a coffee. Which reminds me of a little rant I had with Ebe outside the Fernsehturm one day. Back home, Seattle being home of course, you order a coffee and you have your choice of 4 different sizes... short, tall, grande, and venti. Germany seems to have the choice of two... small or large, and the large isn't even that big! I order a large and get a cup of coffee the size of a short back home! Now, if I can still hold my hands still enough to perform a vasectomy on Kevin Federline, the coffee was too damn small. If I'm not running for the nearest john for fear of befouling my pants after my cup of coffee, the coffee was too damn small. I want to be shaking like a whore in church or Michael J. Fox after my coffee. Oh sweet Seattle barristas, how I miss thee.


~ cheryl said...

Isn't there a Starbucks on every corner??

dad said...

Oh Ian... How lucky I feel to have my super sized pumpkin spice at Starbucks.... You better find one before I Christmas as I will otherwis have to drink 4 at a time!

Sharon B said...

Oh, you poor child. I can relate. Fear not though, I checked Starbuck's website and found a very long list of their locations in Berlin. They even include maps so you'll find them.
Good luck with the caffeine search.
~Suzie's mom

Unknown said...

thanks everyone! it's true that there are starbucks everywhere, but we are trying to expand our horizons...which is working out to small coffee from local vendors. We have since purchased a 2 Euro French Press so once again Ian's bowles are agitated- ewwwwwwwww

Oma (Grandma) said...

Hi there -

Enjoyed talking with you this AM. We are going out for an early dinner tonight. Hope your mom wants Mexican.

Love you,

We're Back in Berlin Ja!

We're Back in Berlin Ja!
ebe & ian at Yak-toberfest 2008