We went to Kehl, Germany yesterday. Most items are significantly less expensive in Germany than in France. And since Amy got paid we decided to go shopping. The bus only got as far as the France side of the Rhine and then stopped telling us it couldn't go any farther due to some demonstration. So we walked. As we were walking across the river we noticed several International and German police milling about. Just over the river at what must have been an old border check point there were all kinds of police standing around and blocking traffic. There were also several demonstrators of some kind holding colorful signs and a few men with gigantic cameras who must have been the press. We never did find out what the heck it was all about.
In Kehl we took a wrong turn and wound up following one of the main highways instead of turning down a side street and into the shopping areas of downtown. We got hungry so we stopped at a McDonalds for lunch. It was about as awful as the American version. Humorously though, an outside window of McDonalds advertised that it had a bar and had the silhouette of naked ladies usually seen on trucker mud flaps! Fascinating!
Last night we went to the pub with Laura, her parents, and Damien. Damien and Laura are fellow teachers of English with Amy. They were talking about the lessons they did using the letters written by the Brittish to undecided Ohio voters, and the subsequent flack from those letters. If you haven't heard about it click here. Anyway, Laura and Damien both had their students write similar letters as writing practice. To their horror some of the students actually mailed the letters! If the Ohioians got that mad over Brits writing them can you imagine what they'll do when they get similar letters from the French!?! And these are English students so their vocabulary is limited and their grammar even worse!