Thursday, September 23, 2010

We are driving in Berlin

Yes, our car arrived today! 3 weeks and a day after we arrived, our little piece of home made it's way to us! If it's at all possible, I think, Carter was the most excited of all of us. It will be another month or so before we get our Fuel Ration Card that deducts all the outrageous German Taxes-so, we spent what was once our monthly gas allowance for 2 cars in the states on ONE stop at the Esso (Exxon) station! UGH...that hurt! Seriously, 100 euro (~$135) for 17 gallons of gas! Carter will be excited to find out we might still be taking the bus everywhere at the that rate?!
I thought driving in German would be just like driving in America since they, too, drive on the right side-not so fast.
-I have yet to see a single stop sign?! I'm not sure if they exist or not. The alternative is a yield, if you get to an intersection with another car the car on the right gets the right of way?
-When you turn you have to watch for bikes because they have their own lane as well. Which during the day time might not be as much of a problem, but this evening-I did in fact cause a cyclist to slam on the brakes-oops!
-The stop lights are not above the intersection, but a light on the right and left just above eye level.
-Green, Yellow, then Red? NO- Red, Yellow, Green, Yellow, Red
-Don't Block the Box-doesn't exist either-because there are special additional lights for the cars stuck in the intersection? This is definitely the weirdest thing for me.

Excited to explore the city and country by bus, train, and CAR over the next 2 years!

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