Shopping and eating in Germany

During 2009 I wrote several columns about various aspects of life in Europe including the German school system, a pilgrimage on the Way of Saint James and my daughters' experience in an American high school in Alabama. This time I would like to write something about shopping and eating in Germany.

The differences are becoming fewer and fewer as time passes but are still remarkable. When I first came to Germany, shops opened weekdays at 8 or 9 a.m. and closed at 6 p.m. and were usually closed from noon until 2 p.m. for lunch. On Saturdays all stores and shops closed at 2 p.m. continued...

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