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German Houses


I just want to take a second to talk
about how cool / awesome the German houses are. First, the toilets! The toilets don’t have a lever on the side to flush it. They have a button on
the wall – a button! Also Falk has a rain shower, so that’s pretty awesome. Next, the windows! So this is a German window. Right now it’s closed. You try to
open it but it won’t budge. Eventually you realize that the handle moves. So if down is locked, obviously up is unlocked right? Wrong! This happens which is
actually like pretty cool but that’s not what we want. Turns out if you want to open it
the correct way, you have to turn the handle sideways and then it comes open. It literally took me a couple days to figure out these complex creations of
German engineering. But wait there is more to these mind-blowing foreign
windows. They have these things called “rolladen” I’m probably saying that wrong… Falk! Say “rolladen.” You say it. Rolladen Rolladen *wink* So I was basically saying it
right. Anyways, the rolladen are plastic covers that roll down over the windows and once
they’re fully down, the room becomes totally dark. This also helps keep the
houses cool. Fun side note: neither German houses, nor German schools have a/c. So yeah that’s fun when the weather is like this week and almost 100 freakin degrees. Lastly the doors. I’ve managed to hurt myself, trip over, bump into, accidentally
run into – just hurt myself in general on every single German door I’ve walked
through. And I don’t know what it is. Like they’re not even different from American
doors. Just something about the them. But one thing I did notice about the
doors is that they all have this key hole and it’s like all the same throughout all the houses. At least all the houses I’ve been to: Philip’s, Falk’s, Falk’s friends’ houses. And it actually took me
a while to figure out how to use this key. I think it’s because we turn them the other way I have no idea. Side story! I got locked in Philip’s bathroom for about ten
minutes because I couldn’t figure out how to unlock the door – so yeah that’s a
fun story. I think that’s everything. Oh, no! The outlets! The outlets are
different. There are these two holes that’s different from American
outlets. But I came prepared with my German adapter, so ha! Take that German
outlets! German outlets also use a different power voltage, so be careful with like laptops and stuff like that because they might you know but iPhones switch over automatically like you don’t even have to worry they adjust to the
power difference. So ha! Take that again German outlets! So yeah that’s all there
is to know about German houses! Germany has been an absolute blast. I’ve had a great time with both Falk’s and Philip’s families. So thank you to them for providing me
with this awesome experience! I hope everything is going well at home.

29 thoughts on “German Houses

  1. I remember those windows were introduced in Poland in 1970s. An old hat! 🙂 They also have click stops (hermetically shut, a bit less hermetic, and open) and when you buy them you have a choice how many sheets of glass you want in them for insulation (varies typically from 2 to 5 sheets for really cold weather). Whew, 5 lines of text just for the window.

  2. The mindblowing foreign windows 😀 😀 😀
    I did not know that they do not exist in the US. Very interesting!

  3. There’s also “Spaltöffnung”. When you turn the hanlde 45° upwards, you can open a little gap. The purpose is, that back in the days, windows weren’t airtight, but nowadays they are. So nowadays, you can actually suffocate or have a bad climate in there due to no air exchange at all. So with the “Spaltöffnung”, you get that tiny bit of airflow that balances the climate nicely.
    Of course it is rather inefficient and energy-wasting in many cases. But who wants to live in a house where you aren’t allowed to open the windows anyway?

  4. Actually, German outlets have three contacts. The metal springs on the outside are ground. In case of electrical shock.

  5. I really love the metal shades that come down on the windows, they are very common in continental Europe.  They might not have the extreme weather we have in the US (hurricanes), but they get pretty bad storms and flying debris, so it really protects their windows in addition to the things you mentioned.

  6. Some American homes usually 1930s or older have skeleton locks but you usually have to buy a set of skeleton keys of different shapes. Note. 1 out of 4 locks will fit there weren't many designs.

  7. I think RolllÄden are called shutter blinds. And some Candians told me they are totally common on the other side of the Atlantic too.

  8. In Hungary windows are the same, they are quite good but many homes still have traditional windows /you can only open them to the side/. These things also exist with wooden frames.

  9. So, you learned how to use a key … and in only a few days you got the hang of windows … yeah, travel really broadens the mind [insert smirking + eye-rolling emoji here]. Give it another – hm, let's say – 18 months and you will eat chips with a fork, even drive a non-automatic car. Good stuff.
    [Sorry for mocking you, I am in a playfull mood, couldn't resist … [insert European smugness emoji here]]
    At least, when back in the US, you will see it in a different light … the windows will never be the same, you will tell your grandchildren about large metall buttons for flushing the toilet …
    [Gee, I can't stop with the ridicule. Signing of now. No offense intended, just some overbearing, old-world haughtiness about "the greatest nation, where everything is the best".] 🇪🇺

  10. The windows are great, the shutters too. Never seen a garbage disposer in Germany. Every place has positives and negatives.

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