The first day I arrived, I spent my time sorting out mobile phone access, getting my train pass, and walking around to get a general feel for the layout of the city. Luckily, I am living in an area that is very close to the city center and the public transit, so I can get around very easily. The city lifestyle is pretty amazing, I love not needing to drive anywhere. What I don't love? The fact that they used my god-awful passport photo as my transit pass.
I thought it would be fun to list a few differences between living in Germany and living in the U.S. that I have discovered so far:
1) Nobody uses ice here. After only six days, I am already dreaming about ice water. Iced coffee. Iced tea. Ugh.
2) Everything is smaller. The cars are small, the streets are narrow, the apartments are small. Even things like glasses and plates are small. No Big Gulp drinks from the gas station here!
3) You have to pay for water at restaurants and bars. And when you do buy one, it is usually sparkling. Often times, the water is more expensive than the beer. It is SO difficult to stay hydrated, since there is only so much water I can carry around with me. I have taken to lugging around a big 1.5 liter bottle. You can see me enjoying (?) a sparking water below. Ha!