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International Frustration Poll

Poll #1074933 International Frustration Poll

Which is more frustrating?

France - where shops are always open, but treat you as if it's a privilege that you are permitted to shop there
Germany - shops close early, and open not at all on Sundays.


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Oct. 21st, 2007 12:33 pm (UTC)
Ah, but museums are open on Sundays. And castles. Whereas nearly all of those are closed on Mondays. So best to visit a museum on a Sunday, especially a rainy one.

What about http://www.schlossbruehl.de/ for instance. Although, perhaps a bit too far away. Next weekend, there's a part of the ski world cup in Düsseldorf btw. http://www.schnee-in-duesseldorf.de/ and there's also a palace there. http://www.schloss-benrath.de/en/portal_stiftung/bootportal.asp
Oct. 21st, 2007 12:37 pm (UTC)
The Bergbaumuseum in Bochum is cool btw. Coal mining museum where you can go underground. http://www.bergbaumuseum.de/englishstart.html
Oct. 21st, 2007 12:40 pm (UTC)
Shops in touristy city centres or pilgramage destinations are allowed to open on Sundays btw. E.g. in Kevelaer. Perhaps also in Königswinter and the like.
Oct. 21st, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC)
No matter how many times I have been there, I have never lost that "Yay! I'm shopping in France!" excitement.

On the other hand, shops closing early and not opening on Sundays offends my Southern California sense of immediate gratification.

But surely you can think of something better to do than shop? Something indoors?
Oct. 21st, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
Needs option:
China - Shops are open all the time, the shopkeepers will insult you as much as they want (and you can insult their goods too), but they will sell you whatever you want at whatever price you want, so long as you're willing to haggle for half an hour per item.
Oct. 21st, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
Shopping in China is FUN!
Oct. 21st, 2007 06:08 pm (UTC)
I was all over China this past summer, and haggling in Chinese was something I picked up quickly.
You are SOOO RIGHT with the half hour per item comment. Haggling is like an intricate dance over there, and there seems to be a proportional relationship between amount of English spoken by the seller and time it takes to haggle.
(For example: A serious half hour for a silk jacket at the Silk Market in Beijing vs maybe 10 min of myself and the seller speaking Chinese in Kunming.)
Oct. 21st, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
I had to vote Germany, because I've never had problems with French people being rude to me (although I suspect me being good at French + Mom (and most of the family) being fluent doesn't hurt).
Oct. 21st, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
...shops are always open, but treat you as if it's a privilege that you are permitted to shop there

Has this been your experience across France, or mostly in Paris?
Oct. 22nd, 2007 06:49 am (UTC)
I've never have encountered rudeness in France. Weird, eh?
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