Shopping Day

We spent much of the day out and about shopping for everything from a printer to pot holders to bicycles.  The bicycles have the potential to be the most useful purchase of the day, because we plan to use them for everything from sightseeing along the North Sea beaches to getting groceries.  I hope to lose quite a bit of weight while here (or just work off the beer, wurst, and wine), and we don’t have a car, so I think we’ll walk and bike a lot.

I don’t know how well the bike will work, though.  Since we’re here only temporarily, we didn’t buy great bikes (sorry, Rob: they’re from WalMart).  There doesn’t seem to be a good way to lease or rent a bike, so we decided we had to buy (it was too expensive and complicated to bring our bikes from home).  We had visited the local bike shop, but they had nothing cheaper than €300, and most of their bikes were around €1000.  That obviously wasn’t going to work for us.  So, we went with relatively cheap bikes from WalMart.  We hope they last.  All we know so far is they make it much nicer to get groceries.

One great thing European cities is the ease of public transportation.  We took buses and the U-Bahn (subway) around town all day.  I’ll really miss such transportation when I return to the States.

About Lance Finney

Father of two boys, Java developer, Ethical Humanist, and world traveler (when I can sneak it in). Contributor to Grounded Parents.
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7 Responses to Shopping Day

  1. Rob says:

    Lance! I’m so disappointed. Wal-Mart is EVIL! You know that! It is really tool to be able to live so well without a car. Good luck with the more active life style leading to weight loss!

  2. Lance Finney says:


    How “tool” is it?


  3. Mario says:

    I agree with Rob. It would have been better ethically and morally to steal a bike off the street (even out from under a bicycle rider) than to support the imperialist encroacher on the local economy that is WalMart. Shame on you Lance! You probably peddled your way from Walmart to the closest McDonalds to fill up on big macs and coca-cola. Booo!

  4. Lance Finney says:

    Actually, there was a McDonald’s in the WalMart, so furious peddling was unnecessary.

  5. Rob says:

    Of course, you wouldn’t have engaged in “furious” peddling. If you had to travel to McD’s, it is much more WalMart-ian (and American) to walk your bikes to a bus which carried you and your bikes to the McD’s. Why exercise? Its definitely not good for you.

  6. Lance Finney says:

    What? Catch a bus with my new bike? Don’t you mean throw it into the back of my Suburban or Expedition?

  7. Rob says:

    Nah, your Hummer!

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