I’m on an August Break from my regular blogging schedule. Here’s today’s pictures.
Drinks in Germany are kind of segregated. Many offices and even some private homes use a drink delivery service, so it’s not uncommon to see trucks like this on the street:
In larger grocery stores, drinks take up an entire very large section all their own. There are even special drink stores, called Getränkemarkts. You can buy entire cases of beer, or individual bottles.
There are many types of water available. Many Germans prefer their water with carbonation. I don’t care for it that way.
Despite the tremendous amount of beverages available, there aren’t usually that many kinds of soda around, at least not in the stores I frequent. Coke is always on hand, though.
One of my favorite parts of the drink market experience is the bottle return machines, or, as I call them, the ‘Crunch Crunch Crunch’ machines. I’ve spoken before on this blog about the concept of Pfand, which functions as a bottle deposit in this environment. Basically, you keep your empty bottles and return them to the machine. The machine has a tiny conveyer belt inside- it scans the appropriate bar codes on the bottle, then whisks them away to be satisfyingly crunched. You get a receipt for the bottles you’ve returned and you take that to the cash register.
Do you have any favorite specialty types of stores?