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Friday, April 14, 2006
Toys, Gas, and Castles

When I tell folks that I live here in Germany, I am often asked what I find to be the biggest difference between here and the US.

A picture is worth a thousand words:


The store on the right is a REAL toy store, that sells toys for children. The store on the left is a 'toy' store for the parents of the children. For the record...both stores are right across the street from a Toys R Us.

Just in case you didn't click on the picture for a up close and personal view of the store on the left:
I know you wouldn't find this set up in St. Louis!!
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A couple of weeks ago, someone asked me about the gas prices here. The New No Name Car only had a quarter tank of gas, so it was time to fill it up:


With the current exchange rate, 14.5 gallons of gas cost $92.68. That means that the current cost of gas here is over $6.30 a gallon. OUCH!!
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This weekend, the crew from the World Class Gang were here for a visit, along with 2 OGs (Oma/Grandma) who are visiting from the US.

Saturday, we went to Heidelberg, to visit the castle. I've been to the castle more times than I can count, and it has rained EVERYTIME.


As we were walking around visiting the ruins, P said 'I sure wish they would fix this place, because it's all falling down.'

Find more pictures of our adventure here.

There is a wine cellar, filled with different sizes of vats inside the castle. This is one of the smaller ones (Never mind the little person...she's had a few):

This is a sign from the largest vat:


It holds 58,124 gallons of wine, and is almost 23 feet tall.

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T-Ball starts this week. Joy Joy!!!

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