Selling out.... Nein to the beetle

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Flag of Germany  , Hesse,
Sunday, September 13, 2009

As I write this I am sitting in a hostel drinking my second llarge glass of Radenberger and filling quite drunk because I have not eaten dinner yet..... Harris have you tried Radenberger on your Sunday night bin nights? Or Phoenix (a mauritian beer)?

Tomorrow I embark for Wolfsburg. None of you will have heard of this town. But it is where the Volkswagen was created and has the best VW museum in the world. So I will head there.

I sold out

Yes I have sold out, I have decided not to go through the hassle of buying and selling a beetle. I did the maths and it just doesn't seem logical. To be honest I can't be stuffed. The price of a beetle in Germany is definatley cheaper than France. But, I cannot get one that has rego for under 3000 grand. Once I get the export plates it basically voids the rego so when I go to resell it I will get nothing for it. Insurance for 3 months is about 750 to 900 dollars, fees for registration etc are about 300 bucks and I would need to catch trains, buses, taxis to even look at the cars as they are usually outside cities etc. I thought, stuff
this. Ive got one back home, I just want to enjoy myself, get off the beaten path, drive to little european towns and meet pretty european girls... and if I was to travel for over 2 – 2 months I would be spending more money than I wanted to in accommodation etc.  Also a german man at the ADAC (german automabile association) yelled “Nein” at me when I asked about getting a car for export and not exporting it. So tomorrow i will pick up my hire car (hopefully if all goes to plan). Car costs about 1400 dollars a month. Not cheap but ohh well. Saying this I might head a dead end as I realised rental companies need a credit card and I don't have one!

Frankfurt

Doesn't seem like there is all that much to do in Frankfurt. It was wiped out in WW2 and so most of the old buildings are non existant. You could walk around the sights in about 30 minutes. But, I think it would be a good place to go out for a beer.

I have spent my time here, visiting the ADAC. Confusing the german insurance man and his 10 year old son who was dressed in business attire and was freaking me out with his death stares. The German man got mad at me for even susgesting not actually exporting a car I bought for export. I don't think he understood the word “hypothetically”. I was told “Nein, You cannot buy a car for export and change your mind. a export car is not for holidaying in!” Although, I'm sure people do it. Ohh well...

My Hostel

My hostel is in the middle of the red light district. Doesn't bother me in anyway at all. Often I walk past the hostel because I am too busy looking at something else. I saw a "lady" today standing on the foot path, put one of her legs almost straight up in the air. It literally stopped traffic!!  It is actually a pretty good hostel. Beer at Australian prices.

Things I have noticed about Germany when compared to France (Paris)

The cars are all immaculate. Everbody's car looks like they have taken great care of it. No scratches, well washed. No one is honking any horns (apart from some weddiing cars I saw drive past).

People wait for the green man to cross roads. Even if there is no traffic. Just amazes me to see this after Paris. Also, people seem to let you cross the street even i there is no crossing. It is like I have entered some sort of Utopia.

Everybody is huge! Not fat... Just massive. I feel like a puny midget.

Overall

That's all I have to say. I will continue to drink Radeberger and prepare myself for the case of beer that is waiting for me January 26 at Corrimal....




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