Welcome to my blog. I write about fitting in, sticking out, and missing the motherland as a serial foreigner.

Family recycling fun

Since we are renting a place and since we live upstairs from our landlady, technically I could have handed all our recycling over to her to deal with. But there was quite a lot of it (remember, you can't throw hardly anything away in Germany!), and I wanted the cultural experience of taking it to the recycling depot myself. Luckily, I had two little helpers who were especially keen to go with me when they heard that kids can get a lollipop from the workers there.

And it was like Family Fun Day at the recycling depot! There were lots of kids there, helping their parents by sorting out colored glass and stomping on cardboard boxes to collapse them. Everyone was in a good mood and cheery to everyone else because we knew we were all helping out the environment. The girls had a blast tossing things in the correct bins and the worker ladies were so nice to tell us where everything went. It would have been so easy for them to do a quick "hmm, foreigner, let's just cut our losses and do it all for her," but instead they took the time to show me how to do it myself.

It was such a good time in such a weirdly wholesome way. If we lived here, I think Recycling Saturdays would become one of the most anticipated days of the week for the girls. And maybe for me, too!

Some German food

August 1st, outsourced