Today is going to be a short post.
Practice Pays Off
If you’ve been following my parking adventures, you’ll be pleased to know that I parked like a pro today. I arrived at the office at about 8:45AM, so finding a free space was tough. What made it even harder was the fact that certain segments of the road were narrower than others. The only viable option is to park on the sidewalk.
As I walked from my car to the office, I came across a sign that I had seen before, but I hadn’t registered its value. The No Parking sign is a circular sign with a red outline, a slash, and blue background. When the No Parking sign has arrows, they typically can be in the top half, bottom half, or both halves, facing either way. This makes for 6 different combinations. The arrows effectively indicate the beginning, middle and end of a No Parking zone. The sign indicates the end of a No Parking Zone end, which basically means that it’s legal to park starting at this point. However, it’s important to note that there is an entirely separate sign that conveys the exact same meaning: the rectangular P with an arrow pointing to the right. German traffic signs have logical equivalences — just when I thought I was getting the hang of things. This is a great overview of different German traffic signs: https://routetogermany.com/drivingingermany/road-signs#.
While finding a parking spot, I came across the following lane lines: jagged lanes that were usually, but not always, located on curved areas. These jagged lines indicate that this zone is a no parking / no stopping zone, because doing so would block visibility of on-coming cars and pedestrians. While this practically makes a lot of sense, I still saw people park their cars on the jagged line zones, so I wonder if it’s really more of a recommendation than anything else.
Eventually, I found parking. I got out and made my way over to the office. It’s hard to miss the it. Like really hard. You’d basically have to close your eyes or look at the ground intensely. Such a cool view.
A Solid Day
While today wasn’t the most jam-packed with exciting new cultural encounters or experiences, it was a great first day to be on-site seeing colleagues in person, face-to-face, after many months. The next 3 months will be busy and fast-paced. I’m looking forward to the challenges that need to be solved. But right now, the jet lag is definitely hitting me like a freight train. Guten nacht! (translation: Good night!)
Frieden und Liebe ❤️ (translation: peace and love)