Cities I Visited
I visited Ulm, Neu-Ulm, München, Paris, Frankfurt, Gießen, Heidelberg, Köln,
Bruxelles, London, Stuttgart, Nürnberg, Augsburg, Füssen/Hohenschwangau, Roma,
Vatican City, Scavi di Pompei, Napoli, Venezia, Genève, Lyon, the Surdon
area, and Senden.
I do not count Günzberg because I just passed through to get to Legoland.
Ulm's Neuen Straßenbahnen
Otl Aicher also had some association with the White Rose that I do not
completely know about.
- Albrecht Berblinger (1770-1829), tailor and hang-glider pioneer.
- Agathe Streicher (1520-1581), doctor.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955), physicist.
- Max Eyth (1836-1906), writer and engineer.
- Otl Aicher (1922-1991), designer of type and many pictograms including those used to mark male and female toilets.
- Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), astronomer.
- Jörg Syrlin (1425-1491), carver.
- Sophie Scholl (1921-1943), teacher and White Rose activist killed by Nazis.
US Things Germany Could Use
- More and better no-smoking areas, even in outdoor cafes.
- Bigger elevators.
- Measuring spoons.
cheap full-size chocolate chips in packages of 150 grams or more,
good chocolates (pralines, cakes, cookies),
good bulk chocolate for baking,
pizza with tomato sauce,
larger raisins that are not gritty.
- Breakfast foods: Waffles, pancakes, maple syrup, hash browns, and more ways to prepare eggs.
- Cold beverages, including restaurant soft drinks that are cheap, cold, and large.
- Ice cubes.
- Cold medicine.
- Showerheads and other US-style shower fixtures.
- Strong air conditioners.
- Pencils with integrated erasers.
- Blackboard erasers (instead of using sponges).
- Trash compactors.
- Door locks that lock and unlock from the inside without a key.
- Single queues for multiple resources (e.g., one line for five service counters instead of five lines).
- Travel agents that sell train tickets.
- Travel agents that can make simple bookings quickly.
- Cloth napkins.
- Fluffy pillows.
US Things Germany Does Not Need
- Crowds and waiting lines.
- More cars, bigger cars, and SUVs.
- Spring-loaded towel and toilet paper holders where drop-in dowels work well.
German Things the US Could Use
- Cities designed for pedestrians and bicyclists.
- Better mass transit (more frequent, more coverage, faster, priority over other traffic).
- Bus drivers who make change.
- Lots of trains.
- 60-second traffic signal cycles.
- The metric system.
- 24-hour time instead of a.m. and p.m.
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