Swapping Homes Anybody?

NOW THAT WE'VE WALKED THE WALK, WE CAN GIVE YOU THE STRAIGHT TALK ON HOME SWAPPING. (Season 6)

Downtown the world famous spa resort of Baden-Baden

Sunday, August 3, 2014

German Engineering in Holland

When abroad one always needs to learn a few new tricks. Especially appliances need some explanations. So we grateful for the lovely manual our swapping partners prepared for us. We usually do the same.
So what have we got here? A Miele tower. In the middle is our coffeemaker. We even got it to work after reading the manual which is thankfully in English.We even managed the difficult part of decalcifying that gadget which was necessary of course on day 2 or 3.Murphy's Law!

At the bottom is a little oven, similar to our little guy at home. And at the top? A CD Player or an old-fashioned record play? Hardly made by Miele. It's a pressure cooker that I haven't even dared to open yet. Next to it is the fridge. European houses often have a freezer separately. In this house it's next door. In some houses it was 2 levels down in the basement. And most don't have an ice maker. So we travel with our own ice cube maker, prepared! Washer and dryer as well as the hoover are German products, so I have no problems there.
We would have overlooked this if it hadn't been pointed out to us by friends of the home owners who gave us the grand tour. It's a recessed outlet which can do a disappearing act as the touch of a hand.Very practical! Why don't we have that in the US? But why is a garbage disposal absolutely unheard of in Europe? We live in hope!

How does the idea of an extra tap strike you that spouts boiling water in your sink? I make my tea that way instead of using a kettle.Very useful!


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