This summer my husband and my kids embarked on a three-week trip to Germany. I thought about asking one (or all) of them to write a few blog posts for me about their experience, but that’s just not their thing. Instead, I give you a short interview I did with my 13 year-old son, Gabe, about his experiences across the pond (he’s a man of few words, but many pictures…).
All the pictures in this post were taken by my kids. I like to think they took them just for me. Thanks guys!
What was your favorite experience in Germany?
Swimming in the awesome public pool in Backnang.
What was so awesome about it?
There were huge waterslides, diving boards, a high dive, and a wave pool area.
Did you go to any big cities?
We went to Berlin, Leipzig, and Stuttgart.
Do you have a favorite? Why?
I like Berlin because there were so many people out and about and they all seemed really happy. Also, the graffiti was really cool. It was everywhere. Stuttgart was fun because we went to a music festival. It rained when we were in Leipzig.
Was it hard not knowing the language?
Yes, when we went into a shop it was really hard to buy stuff. Usually we just held out all of our bills and coins and the shopkeepers would point to the ones they wanted. You just had to trust people.
What are some of the differences you noticed about between Germany and America?
All the light switches were opposite of America — you pushed them down to turn them on and up to turn them off. Most doors you have to pull open instead of push, and there aren’t as many dogs. Also, people don’t spend as much time on their cell phones, and nobody drinks water, just seltzer, which they call “water with gas.”
What about the food?
It didn’t really seem “German.” There was a lot of American food like burgers, steak, and potatoes. Some places had pizza. There was also a lot of Turkish food and Italian Bistros. I did get to have pork tenderloin with wine sauce, red cabbage, and potato dumplings when we were in Berlin.
How was breakfast?
Awesome! It was always a good selection of rolls, jam, butter, honey, a plate of meat, a board of cheese, bottles of juice and seltzer, and cut up fruit.
What do you wish you had done more of?
I would like to visit more castle ruins, tour all the awesome public pools of Germany, and go to more German restaurants.
Is there anything you did too much of?
Yeah, the group tours of churches — lots and lots of churches.
Did you enjoy your flight?
The flight to London was okay, but on the flight back to the US, it was awesome! We had a built-in remote on the seat with a TV remote and call button on one side and a gaming remote and a keyboard on the other side. We could chat with other passengers on the airplane. There was a huge selection of movies like the third Hobbit and the second Avengers, and the food was amazing. We had pretzels and ranch dressing for a snack, seafood salad with mashed potatoes and vegetables for dinner, and for dessert we had chocolate cake topped with peach jam and whipped cream.
So the big takeaways here for me were that this kid just has to be fed well to be happy. He’s into swimming, eating, and hanging out with his family. The fact that he got to do those things in Germany was just icing on the cake.