Just a quick post today about what happens when you get too cocky. I consider myself a language natural, picking up phrases easily when I travel, but German has evaded my reach. I had to stretch in the Bavarian Alps, when an unexpected road closure on the way to Berchtesgarten caused us to stop in a tiny Gasthaus that only had German menus.
After three weeks in Europe, I start to get cranky about a few things, the biggest of them being ICE in my sodas. I know it’s totally petty, but I just don’t like warm soda, and being solo with the Deal Kids beer was out of the question until we got back to the Schloss. I ordered a large bottle of vasse mit gas then ordered a seperate glass of eis.
The waiter gave me a quizzical look then showed me the menu where eis was priced at 2.50 Euro. I thought “well, that’s expensive for ice, but it must be a bucket for the table”, and I said “OK”.
Ten minutes later, look above and see what arrived.
Lesson learned: Life is short. Eat dessert first!