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Day 40: Ace in Hand

Royal Flush

Today was Round 2 of an another intense work day. I need to buy groceries soon, because I only have about one more day’s worth of food at home. Fortunately, I should have plenty of time tomorrow to restock my fridge and pantry.

This morning, I quickly jumped into a bakery just before my meetings started and grabbed a strawberry pastry and croissant. It was a great start to the day with coffee. I needed to get some change, so I paid with a 5€ note. I didn’t pay attention the change given, and stuffed the coins into my pocket.

Coins are not as popular in the US as they are in Europe, especially the 1€ or 2€ coins commonly seen and used almost everywhere here. In general, the US reduced its dependence on cash considerably. I learned that Germany is also in the process of reducing its cash dependence, as credit card payments are more widely enabled and accepted since Covid.

So far, this trip has been smooth sailing. In trips past, I would have a lot of trouble remembering to get cash being so accustomed to using a card. What surprises me is in certain places, even using a card for a purchase less 5€ is possible. Today, I decided to spare my credit expenses and use cash instead.

A few hours later, as we made our way to lunch, I reached my hand into my pocket. I didn’t realize how many coins were jingling around as I walked. I reached in and put the coins in my palm.

Somehow, by luck, I had every single (major) Euro coin denomination. Check out the sizes, colors, and designs — so cool!

Time to Fold

After lengthy discussions all the day, I bid my adieu to the office at around 8:30PM. After dropping off a co-worker at home, I made my way back to Marienplatz. I parked and jumped over to the Burger King to grab a King Crunchy Pepper Chicken sandwich again, with some friends and a drink. It’s my comfort food.

It’s now time to catch up on my international sports highlights and call it a day.

Frieden und Liebe ❤️ (translation: peace and love)