be proud, show your flag!!!!!!!!
in general, i found germany verry nice but with no knowledge of german, it was hard to communicate, especially in stuttgard.
If you happend, to be canadian, wear your flag outfit. You be suprised, how quickly ppl become friendly and how quickly they are willing to speak in english. This applis to all of germany, europe, otherwise they think you are an american, and good luck with that.
one more thing, if you happend to love driving, travelling on the autobahn or secondary roads, which sooner or later become the autobahn, remember, Auzfart means Exit. The traffic fines, which usually are in the form of a photo radar, are cheap. Last year, i payed, at the customs, just before leaving the airport a fine. For going, 300kph (185mph) in a 130kph(85mph) zone, i payed only 60eu.
No matter how you drive on the autobahn, it is different. their usuall legal speed limit is 120kph, at times, it will increase to 130kph and once a while you will hit the no speed limit zone. But be ware, in the no speed limit zone be aware of drivers who like to cut in, infront of you. Not necessairly, to cauze an accident but they may think their car is fast enough to outhandle yours. Verry nerve wrecking, when going 185mph, use your brakes oftenlly...........
Don't sit behind the crown!
Most of the 1396 seats in the Stuttgart Opera House are quite all right. In the second balcony, though, you should try not to sit directly in the middle of the first row behind this ornate golden crown, because it will obstruct your view of the stage considerably.
Other problem areas are the extreme right and left sides of the second balcony, and the back rows of the third balcony, which are very far from the stage.
What third balcony? you might ask, since you can't see one in the picture. Well, it really isn't an additional balcony, just an extension of the second balcony going much further back than any other seats in the building.
(You can meet some nice people up there, though, and there is a terrace where you can go out for some fresh air and a view of the park and the city.)Related to:
- Theater Travel
While you will need to be wary, like in any big city, Stuttgart presents no particular problems, and for the most part I felt very safe and relaxed walking around the streets on my own, even at night. In fact I felt so safe, I occasionally had to pull myself up for being too lax and not keeping my wits about me. People of all kinds seemed to be happily milling about all over the city centre at all hours of the day, without looking too concerned about their safety, and after a few hours I felt exactly the same. There was a slight homelessness problem, but there was no aggressive begging.
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