* Why is it impossible to buy malt vinegar or fruit squash in Germany (except in English shops which don’t count)?

* Why are the people on my floor incapable of learning that the crappy wooden cooking implements we have do not belong in the dishwasher?

* Why is my bosses dog obsessed with my shoes?

* Why do days and months go by so fast while hours crawl by at tortoise speed?

* Why are these sour cream and onion flavour stacker crisps so addictive?

* Why was fizzy bottled water ever invented?

* Why is every single bar of Cadburys chocolate available in German shops (except the Curly Wurlys in Rewe) some weird American type that doesn’t even exist in the UK; where Cadbury’s was invented?

* Why are Americans so obsessed with peanuts? There are peanuts in almost every one of the aforementioned chocolate bars!

* Why is love not enough to make some people happy?

* Why does the nice bit of autumn where it’s still vaguely warm and all the leaves are pretty colours only last about 30 seconds?

* Why do I keep checking Amazon for new book recommendations when I can’t even afford to buy the ones that are already on my list?

* Why is eating healthily so expensive? For the price of a packet of tomatoes I could buy 5 chocolate bars!

* Why did I just write this list?

Questions over questions as my boyfriend would say.


My week

This week has been pretty good. Not very eventful, but nice anyway. Here are some highlights:

* I’ve seen my boyfriend every day this week. Or at least I will have by the time he comes round tonight. Admittedly some of those days the only reason I saw him was because he stayed over the night before, so it was sort of inevitable that I would see him for breakfast, but still, it was nice.

* I finally got the assignment back that I handed in over a month ago. I got 81%!! I thought I’d done well, but was only expecting something in the 70s (75 is an excellent mark in my eyes!). When I saw the 81% at the top of the paper I nearly fell off my chair, then had to check to make sure it really was my assignment. It was. The mark is subject to confirmation by the exam bored but I’m fairly sure they won’t change it that much. I’m sure my tutors know what they’re doing…

* As a reward for getting 81%, Jan (aka “the boyfriend”) bought me a pack of 3 Curly Wurlys. I’m sure now those of you in the UK are now thinking “and? What’s so exciting about Curly Wurlys?” Well, believe me. Once you’ve lived abroad long enough anything that comes from your home country is something special, even things that you hardly bothered with when you were in your home country. Cadburys chocolate is incredibly rare here. And that which they do have doesn’t even exist in England. And Curly Wurlys have that added nostalgia factor. YAY.

That’s about it really. Like I said, not very eventful, but I thought it was good.