I went to the grocery store and I bought a few bottles of water (€0.19+deposit per 1.5L bottle, can’t go wrong at that price!). Once they were empty I left them in the room expecting them to be thrown out with the rest of garbage when my room was cleaned. To my surprise this was not the case. After doing some digging it turns out that in Germany, plastic bottles are recycled at the grocery store at special machines. Here’s the one I used:
The top is for individual bottles and the bottom is for cases full of bottles. It’s a pretty simple mechanism: put the bottle in, the rollers spin it until the machine recognizes the bottle then credits you the appropriate amount (in this case €0.25). At first I thought it may be reading a barcode from the label but it was able to recognize a bottle without a label as well.
You then get a receipt with a bar code that you can use toward purchases in the store. I was going to take a picture of it too but an employee approached me and told me I can’t take pictures in the store.
I think this is a very simple yet effective way to encourage and control recycling and I’d love to see this in Canadian grocery stores!
The time difference (+6 hours compared to the EST time zone I’m used to) wreaked havoc on my first week’s sleep schedule. Since I couldn’t sleep I decided to take a walk to one of Aachen’s most well known landmarks: the Aachen Cathedral.
I am staying at the Novotel Hotel in Aachen
and just down the street is the Sultans of Kebap restaurant, a nice place to grab a quick meal, more on the restaurant in a future post.
Moving further down the street I found the cobblestone streets going to the center of town and the Cathedral.
Speaking of Assassin’s Creed, the side of the Cathedral looks very climbable
As I headed back to the hotel, the bakeries were beginning to open with delicious smells floating through the empty streets. I have yet to try something other than a sandwich but the options look delicious.
My goal to lose some weight while here may be a bit harder than I first thought!
The title is inspired by Carole King’s, You’ve got a friend and while the seasons may not be in the correct order (more like summer, fall, winter and spring in this case), my work has me spending the few months or so in Germany and more specifically the city of Aachen.
I’ve been here going on three weeks and I plan to document most of my travels and experiences. So far I haven’t had a chance to visit too many things, which is probably a good thing since I only had my DSLR with me and I haven’t been carrying it around with me. I grabbed a Nikon S9200 the other day so from now on I’ll be able to more subtly take pictures even in places where, as I found out, you’re not allowed to.
I will be chronicling my experiences through this blog, which may be a departure from the regular aviation-related content you may have been used it. Look for more posts about my experiences in Germany to come!