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.