The 59th thing I love about living in Berlin…

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Taschent├╝cher

One thing I quickly learned after moving to Germany is that Berliners — or at least those in charge of buying store inventory — are big fans of the pocket tissue (Taschentuch). Our local grocery stores stock only a few types of tissues in boxes but a huge variety of small travel tissue packs.

In the US, boxes take up a majority of the tissue shelf space and pocket tissue packs tend to be far more expensive per tissue. That’s not the case here, where I have very limited options in tissues-by-the-box but inexpensive Taschent├╝cher mini-packs galore.

I wasn’t an easy convert but now I love having that 10 or 12 pack of pocket tissues around, especially during this drippy-nose chilly time of year. Another benefit of German tissues? They’re thick, like two or three or even four ply thick, more than sturdy enough for whatever duty they might be called upon to perform.

And trust me, that comes in handy. Especially when one unexpectedly ends up at the cinema watching a movie US tissues might not stand up to.

But more on that next time…

The 58th thing I love about living in Berlin…

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Berlinale!

 

Since I grew up in Southern California, the undisputed movie mecca of the world, it should be no surprise that I absolutely love films. We did almost all of our movie watching the last few years in the US at home, so I’m thrilled that Kino (cinema) dates with my Love have become a big part of our life here in Berlin. For my Christmas present, said Love even promised as many movies as we could fit in during the two week Berlinale, or 2013 Berlin Film Festival.

A week-long school vacation right at the Berlinale’s start last week meant a delay in our movie-going extravaganza for a trip to Salzburg (though that certainly counted in a way, considering the cavalcade of all things Sound of Music we experienced there). With just four days of Berlinale goodness left, we’re now catching up big time with six films on our agenda before the festival closes on Sunday.

First up is The Broken Circle Breakdown, a film from Belgium/The Netherlands that we’ll be seeing early this evening. I’ll be back tomorrow with a brief review and the title of our next selection…