a short study in building german national identity

Urbanstrasse, at a double pedestrian light
Something like this…

Dürfen wir jetzt gehen?
Nein says the girl in the stroller to the mama.

A couple of seconds pass.

Können wir jetzt gehen?
Nein says the girl sitting pretty in the stroller.

The far pedestrian signal turns green.

Können wir jetzt gehen?
Nein says the girl waiting patiently in the stroller.

The closest light turns green.
Wann können wir gehen?
JETZT!

And off they went. Guck mal ein blaues Auto*, ein weisses Auto…

Happy stereotyping and a wonderful Bergmannstrasse Fest. Kreuzberg jazzt und kocht noch ein Mal.

*Auto = Mercedes

(note: Today will mark the day I’m officially done with German. From now on, it’s downhill from here. Or if I’m lucky my German will stagnate at its current level for the rest of my life for the future amusement of my daughter.)

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