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I have pointed out that I am satisfied with living in Germany. But, there are a few idiosyncrasies that are entertaining and/or frustrating.
There is a saying in Germany that everything is allowed that is not specifically disallowed. That explains why drivers can go as fast as they want/can on Autobahns.
That said, there are plenty of foolish statutes. Battles have been raging for years to loosen store hours, which are strictly regulated. Shops are not allowed to open of Sundays or after 8 p.m. (Until recently, shops closed at 6 on weekdays and 2 on Saturdays. That was tough on working women). Don’t ask me to explain. This is fine for major stores, who have to deal with unions. But, even individual shop owners that might want to work longer hours are not permitted. Why? Because working longer is considered unfair to those that do not want to work longer hours.
Filling stations are allowed to sell many items usually found in a grocery store. Most resemble an American Seven Eleven. But, the law states that items may be sold only to travelers, which is loosely defined as someone driving a motor vehicle. That means that you cannot walk to a nearby gas station and buy a beer or carton of milk or anything. If you drive your car 50 meters, then it is okay.
Now, for the really weird bit. A kid on a motor bike is permitted to buy a bottle of vodka, for example. Someone riding (ie. traveling) across the country on a bike is not permitted to buy a bottle of water outside official store hours.
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Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.