Leipzig, Germany

I left Istanbul for “home” — my grandparents’ place — after getting some annoying food poisoning.

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There’s something very nice about a quiet, comfortable bed.
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And good food.

After I felt better I headed on to Leipzig! I’m constantly impressed with how intelligently things are designed in Germany, and found a bunch of new ones in this city.

This is just crazy--it's a refund machine for tea cups that the cafeteria serves drinks in. It's such a German response to not wanting to use disposable ware, but also not wanting to lose multi-use ware.
This is just crazy–it’s a refund machine for tea cups that the cafeteria serves drinks in. It’s such a German response to not wanting to use disposable ware, but also not wanting to lose multi-use ware.
Taking bike-friendliness to another level: an underground storage for bikes allowing double-stacking as well as splitting each level into half-levels. That means you get a density of 2.5-3x of what you might in a traditional bike rack, and in a weatherproof fashion.
Taking bike-friendliness to another level: an underground storage for bikes allowing double-stacking as well as splitting each level into half-levels. That means you get a density of 2.5-3x of what you might in a traditional bike rack, and in a weatherproof fashion.
Another brilliant invention: a self-serving machine for bread that's also hygienic.
Another brilliant invention: a self-serving machine for bread that’s also hygienic.

One of my favorite parts of traveling is learning cultural stereotypes that others have–especially about Americans. This is Leipzig’s take.

Tiny baseball mitts and bubble gum--and the name Steve
Tiny baseball mitts and bubble gum–and the name Steve

Some more random observations…

Not usually a huge fan of architecture but I have to give a shoutout to the University of Leipzig for a nice construction.
Not usually a huge fan of architecture but I have to give a shoutout to the University of Leipzig for a nice construction.
It's nice when zoos are visible from the outside, so you can see animals without having to support an enterprise like that.
It’s nice when zoos are visible from the outside, so you can see animals without having to support an enterprise like that.
Trees all over Leipzig are dedicated to deceased relatives. This one though goes out to Michael Jackson - the caption says "loved and not forgotten".
Trees all over Leipzig are dedicated to deceased relatives. This one though goes out to Michael Jackson – the sign says “loved and not forgotten”.
Schräbergärten - a German concept I find kind of entertaining. Since cities are densely populated (which lends itself to nice side effects, like excellent public transit), people often don't have enough room to have gardens in their backyards. So they rent them out in other places instead! I believe many of them grow crops, but others are more for aesthetics. When you see a cluster of these, they can look rather shabby, but the actual gardens are almost always well-kept.
Schrebergärten – a German concept I find kind of entertaining. Since cities are densely populated (which lends itself to nice side effects, like excellent public transit), people often don’t have enough room to have gardens in their backyards. So they rent them out in clusters on the outskirts of cities instead! I believe many of them grow crops, but others are more for aesthetics. When you see a cluster of these, they can look rather shabby, but the actual gardens are almost always well-kept.
Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market) in September! Not actually, but this is a lot what it would look like.
Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market) in September! Not actually, but this is a lot what it would look like.
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