If you ask Poles or Germans about their favorite summer holiday destination, they’ll most probably answer “our sea”. And it wouldn’t be anything weird or interesting enough to make a post about it but the funny fact is that they call the same sea differently.
Polish people call it the Baltic Sea (Morze Bałtyckie) when Germans prefer the name the East Sea (Ostsee).
I can’t think of any logical explanation to this especially that in all Germanic languages except English this sea is referred to as the East Sea.
But since you’re aware of it, please take note of it and never mention to a Pole that you loved the East Sea (I guarantee he/she won’t have any idea what you’re talking about) or to a German something about your holidays near the Baltic Sea (but in this situation it’s more likely that he/she would understand it).
Today I want to show you a very distinct boundary on the bridge. It looks a bit hilarious, something like “hey, look here, I’m better” 😀
I prepared three different photos, all of them were taken in Germany because this part of the bridge seems more interesting. As you can see, someone who designed it wanted to make it obvious where the border exactly is. He/she didn’t care that it looks weird and everyone’s laughing at it.
Wouldn’t it be better if we had a normal bridge? Without showing off, it’s really unnecessary.
I guess that it’s not the best feeling in the world when you need to buy something to eat and all the shops and markets are closed because it’s a public holiday. Is there something more frustrating? (And sure, of course I know that people working there want to have a day off too, I respect it fully but let the one who’s never been selfish throw the first stone.)
Things are easier when you live on the border – very rarely both countries celebrate the same holidays. So whenever you need butter and you can’t buy it in your country you just have to cross the border and get it 🙂
Plus, German shops are closed on Sunday – so where do you think German people do shopping then..? They can be seen going over the bridge with full bags from Polish supermarkets. The less lucky ones who don’t live near a different country have to think about it one day earlier.
When you’re crossing a border and you’re a driver, you probably try to find a road sign which would tell you about a speed limit in a specific country. They’re all different but I’d never thought that they can be SO MUCH different.
Here’s what you need to know when you’re going to Germany:
Simple, isn’t it? 🙂
And here’s a Polish equivalent:
I noticed it today when I was walking around with friends 🙂 But I like the idea of writing about some “interesting facts”!