After spending the night in Dusseldorf, Germany (at the end of our Italy trip), we decided to stop by the Starbucks in the airport for a quick breakfast before our flight back to the States. So we go to order and I tell the English-speaking German barista that I want a skinny mocha (actually a decaf skinny soy mocha, haha… I’m high maintenance at S*bucks).
He looks at me and says “skinny mocha?” to which I respond, “yeah, like with less sugar.” To which he gives me this look like I am a complete idiot and says slowly enunciating each word in his German accent:”Chocolate. Is. Sweet. Chocolate has sugar. There is no such thing as sugar free chocolate.”
I can get my feelings hurt pretty easily when someone treats me like I’m dumb so I had to stop myself from tearing up and I kind of fumbled with my words for a minute, “oh well… some Starbucks… well… never mind…” and he looks at me like maybe I’m not a total imbecile. He asks, “In America… they have chocolate without sugar?” Both Christopher and I nodded our heads yes and the look on his face was hysterical. He looked absolutely flabbergasted. He was at a loss for words for a good 30 seconds before finally telling us that they did not have such a thing in Germany.
For the record, we didn’t spend much time in Germany, but everyone else we met there was very warm and kind to us. I know people joke about German sounding like a scary-shouting-sort-of-language, but I heard two children speaking it to each other in the airport and it was absolutely precious. But then of course, a lot of people say that Chinese can sound like a really harsh language as well. It’s all in what you’re used to I suppose. But speaking of how German sounds a bit harsher to the native-English-speaker’s-ear than other languages… watch this video:
Christopher and I about died of laughter watching and rewatching this video before we left for our Italy trip. My favorite part, “Ambulance… KRANKENWAGEN!” The whole time we were in Germany I kept hoping that I would hear someone actually say that. Sadly, I never did, BUT! I did see an ambulance and sure enough it said “Krankenwagen” across the front! Ah, good times. 🙂
So word to the wise, if you happen to go to a Starbucks in Germany don’t expect them to have all the same sugar free syrups they have in the USA (they did have SF hazelnut and SF vanilla, though as well as a soy option for milk). Or better yet, hopefully you won’t just be in the airport in Germany so you can actually have a real German breakfast instead of just Starbucks. 😉