Yesterday was our first trip inside a German grocery store. Baumholder is big enough to have one while most villages have a butcher shop, a bakery, and maybe a small market all separate. It was a bit overwhelming. While I could recognize the produce and pasta, that was about it. You would be surprised how hard it can be to buy butter. I know it will get better as we start to learn German, but for now I think I’ll stick to the Commissary which has more recognizable foods.
Two big successes from the trip were (1) I got a hairdryer 🙂 and (2) we got our first Kinder Egg!
The Kinder Egg has been banned in the United States since before it was even invented in 1970 thanks to the 1938 Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act which placed a ban on candies with toys embedded in them. Cracker Jacks are OK since technically the toy is not embedded. The law is quite serious. In 2012, two Seattle men were held for 2.5 hours by customs agents after returning form Vancouver with 6 eggs in their possession. They were even threatened with a $2,500 fine per egg!
So we bought our egg, raced up the hill to the hotel (if you missed the last post we are in a suite now and much more comfortable) and cracked open the egg and found pieces to assemble in the yellow plastic yolk. I think Fil was really excited because it reminded him of Lego’s.
We got a little elephant on a springboard ride. when we push on the blue teeter-totter he flies up the pole. We were entertained for about 5 minutes, and then we thought America has it wrong, this was the best candy ever!
Don’t ask me to send you one, the customs agent will take it, but if you come visit you can collect as many toys as you want! In Europe there is somewhat of a cult following with collectors paying huge sums for the rare toys. And in the US people are equally addicted and have been trying for years to get congress to lift the ban.
Other than that, we are still working on finding a house. The first one we saw didn’t work out because the stairs going into the house were open and I worried about Brock learning to walk on them. Today we are going to see a village house in Odenbach which is a recreation hub so we are really looking forward to that one.
Also, Fil has his German driving license and I go for my test on Tuesday. In the meantime I am getting back in shape walking up and down the hills here. The hills Baumholder are built on are comparable to the hill at LHU and Uncle Joe’s driveway– which gives perspective to some of you :).
Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah!