Things I’ve learnt this week about Germany:

  • You can only wash your car in dedicated car-washing areas. Sounds odd, but actually quite sensible – it’s so the toxins from the outside of the car don’t go into the ground water system.
  • You’re not supposed to wash out yoghurt pots before you put them in the recycling because it wastes water. (This means that the pots might sit around becoming increasingly fragrant as recycling’s only collected once a fortnight.)
  • It’s illegal to mow your lawn on Saturday afternoons or at all on Sunday, or during the “quiet time” during the week. This is to keep things nice and quiet when people are trying to rest! Nice.
  • People have locks on their bins. This is because rubbish is weighed when it’s collected and people are billed according to how much they chuck out – so you don’t want someone off loading their rubbish in your bin.

But the best thing I discovered:

  • Dogs may only bark for 10 mins in any 3 hour period. I’m not sure what you’re meant to do to stop a dog barking. In my experience, if a dog decides to bark there’s not usually a lot you can do to stop it – except give in to their demands! And if you start doing that, who knows where it might end!

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