The first observation at the mall was that if you just sat there and watched folks go by, you may think you were in the U.S. Things looked pretty similar: McDonald’s, a food court, lots of stores, many levels. They even had a Build-A-Bear Workshop. The differences: first off – the female gestapo stationed outside the WC. I got the feeling that I damned well better drop a Euro onto her dish before or after my visit to the tankless toilet.
Another diff – no obese people. I noticed many people jogging and riding bicycles yesterday as we walked through Hamburg.
Another really cool thing about the department stores that I remember from the old days (1984) was that department stores have really cool grocery stores in them. So we picked up a plug adapter for our computers…. and groceries. How great is that? You can buy a dress, heels to match, a six-pack of Beck’s, and a hunk of cheddar. We need to work that deal at Macy’s.
I noticed a bunch of teen-ish guys outside smoking. Nearby, at their table sat bottles of beer, Coke bottles, and Hollister bags. Another thing you won’t see at a U.S. mall: teen-ish guys drinking beer.
After dinner in Luneburg we went window shopping. Shoes. The Pope and shoes. I’ll have to go back there tomorrow when they’re open.