1. Germans and Birthdays » Grounded Traveler
    April 25, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

    […] cakes are different anyway. For one thing, Coffee and Cake is almost a fourth meal, so cakes in different forms are far more common. Cake is usually fruit […]

  2. Jeremy Branham
    April 16, 2012 @ 6:31 am

    I don’t like coffee or hot drinks. Not sure I would do well in Germany.

    • Andrew
      April 18, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

      They definitely have plenty of cool drinks as well, just the hot stuff is really nice in the winter. The cool drinks though are rarely truly cold. I almost never see ice in drinks.

  3. Sabrina
    April 15, 2012 @ 9:10 pm

    Lemon ginger tea in Germany as well? It popped up around here in Texas last year or so (maybe two years ago?) in the form of prepared teach packets. I thought it was an American thing πŸ™‚ As for the hot lemon? I love it and my mom always touted it as THE drink when you have a cold. But it only works if you use honey to sweeten it – for the throat πŸ˜‰

    • Andrew
      April 18, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

      Maybe it is a new thing. I can’t tell the difference between something traditional and something relatively new. Of course the Americans are going to have it in prepared “convenience” packets.
      I like the lemon stuff a lot, though definitely the pre-sweetened packets.

      • Sabrina
        April 18, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

        So true πŸ™‚ In fact, I’ve only ever seen the prepackaged versions here πŸ™‚

  4. Frau Dietz
    April 15, 2012 @ 6:17 pm

    The strangest drink I’ve ever had on my travels? A difficult choice between snake wine (Vietnam) and fermented mare’s milk (Kyrgyzstan). And I honestly couldn’t tell you which was worse!!

    • Andrew
      April 18, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

      Wow.. I didn’t realize you’ve been to both places. That is so cool. I don’t know if I would have actually tried either.

  5. Adam
    April 15, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

    Oh I am a big fan of the lemon ginger tea! Also, this being my first winter in Germany, I’ve had more than my fair share of colds and sniffles.

    • Andrew
      April 18, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

      Do you make it fresh or with the packets? You are in a new society with its own bugs to share. The packed in public transport helps too.

  6. Andrea
    April 15, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

    I got a cold in Germany and was not a fan of those lemon honey packets…

    John started his new job on Friday and could already tell that the day revolved around the two coffee breaks that everyone participates – I think Norway shares some similarities to Germany.

    • Andrew
      April 18, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

      I like the hot lemon stuff, but am not such a fan of the powdered honey taste. Coffee is definitely of a higher level than back in the US, where it is simply a caffeine carrier.