That’s right, it’s a gym, called McFIT. And it’s literally right next door to McDonald’s! So you can go straight from your McRibs and McMuffintops to working it off at McFit…or vice versa, depending on which one best feeds your ego.
This should give you a solid idea of how SMALL the stairs are here. It’s as if tripping down the stairs here is less of a risk and more of a tradition.
Let’s not even mention how often I bump my head when walking through the doorways!
There is a lot of construction going on here, but do you see that big blue ‘A’ back there? Yeah, it’s for ALDI Markt. America is starting to catch on to the awesomeness of Aldi, but Germans have been all-about-Aldi for a while now. Gottingen isn’t even that big of a city, and we have seven of them!
The backyards, in general, seem to be pretty oddly shaped. Ours is pretty big (right), but you have to walk through a long thin path (left) to get there. A lot of the backyards seem to be randomly divided in this manner.
Behind all of our backyards are little tiny streams coming from the main rivers, and this is literally some of the coldest water I have ever felt. Definitely a great way to wake me up when needed!
Whoever it was who decided that all these old houses should convert their ground floors into shops and restaurants and keep the upper floors as houses and apartments, and then convinced everyone to agree, was an absolute genius.
Here’s the predominantly pointless stop sign to keep me from crossing past ‘der Polizei,’ the police station. One time, I was stopped here pointlessly with another biker stopped on the other side. We were both just laughing at each other, as we could tell we both wanted to just cross anyway, but we weren’t about to break the law on the police station’s front lawn.
I love some of these smaller, rocky paths. You don’t have to worry about cars or many people. On the left, you’ll be biking with the sense that you are lost beautifully in the middle of nowhere. On the right, you’ll be biking with a wonderful sense of placement and a perfect view of a whole town. And both of these paths are right next to each other – so great.
Here was a fun group of people with their dogs.
Fact: If you bike past a person and smile at them, chances are less than 50% that he or she will smile back.
Fact: If you bike past a dog and smile at them, chances are 100% that he or she will smile back!
This leads me to some of my favorite funny stories so far. People literally walk their dogs everywhere, even into stores. Being a big dog person, I have a child-like tendency to, whenever I see one of these creatures, yell out, “Puppy!” However, this sounds a whole lot like the German word, “Papi,” the equivalent to daddy. On my first or second day here, I saw an older man walking his dog, so I naturally yelled out, “Puppy!” My German family began laughing at me as I had no idea of this possible word confusion, and the man walking his dog looked at me with a really strange reaction.
A few weeks later, I was with some friends shopping in H&M. Not finding any interest in the clothes but instead finding it really interesting that the stores allowed dogs to come inside, I watched as a women shopping with a small white terrier on a leash. As she looked at one rack, the dog lied down. Then the woman kept walking, and she was literally just dragging her dog around the tile as the dog continued laying. Literally the funniest thing I’ve seen all summer. If only I’d had my camera then!