“Why don’t German homes have air conditioners?” is one of the questions that come up every year. By the time May or June hits with the first hot days, Americans are flabbergasted. How do Germans survive the summer without the wonders of AC?
There are many reasons why air conditioners are rare in German homes. I guess, the biggest reason is that it is very expensive to have them installed after the house was built. Its easier to calculate in central heat/AC if you are planning and building your home, versus having to add it later on. Also, ACs do use a lot of electricity, so again a matter of cost. The maybe funniest reason is the dreaded draft. A cold draft, in Germany, is still considered a threat to your health. Responsible for everything from a cold to joint pains, especially the older population worries about getting cool drafts, even on hot days.
Surprised? Yes, even Germany has beaches. I know it’s a well-hidden secret. Since most Americans are kind of concentrated in the center and south of Germany, the North is often left out. But that’s just where the oceans are at.
Germany has two coast lines, each very different from the other one. If you prefer sunbathing, warm water and heat, the Baltic sea with its beaches is for you. The beaches on the North Sea are more rugged and the climate is cooler.
Summer is traveling season, and no matter if you travel within the country or all over Europe, thieves are everywhere. Especially the large European capitals are hot spots to rip off tourists.
Germany is the most populated country in Europe, so crowds are to be expected. With crowds, come the pick-pockets. People often assume themselves too safe here, because, compared to other countries, Germany has a relatively low crime rate. But, theft is still one of the most common crimes here.
This year Stuttgart’s beloved jeweler Ruth Sellack is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of opening her store front in the Eberhardstrasse in Stuttgart. While it was just a short move distance-wise, the team was finally able to establish themselves in a place that was designed to fit their needs. They got a workspace and sales floor with lots of light as well as great views and contemporary style to showcase the work and artisanship that Ruth puts into all her pieces. It matches both her work methods and her interaction with customers and jewelry enthusiasts, as she is known to always be on the lookout for new inspiration and shapes.
The Stuttgart Messe is opening its doors to the Comic fans again. Today and tomorrow (June 29th and 30th) it’s all about comics, movies, cosplay and everything that comes along with the kingdom of nerds. Hang out with cosplayers, chat with you favorite artists or meet some kindred spirits at the huge Lego station. So much to see and to do.