Ian decides to talk with Dima about sex. But before he can, he has to buy tea and pass those KGB thugs in the street again. At the grocery store, a shocking confrontation may put that talk off forever!
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Part of my equilibrium problem when I first moved to West Berlin involved little things like how grocery stores worked. Doors that didn’t slide open automatically. No paper or plastic bags offered to put my purchases in. Food and drink came in packages I often didn’t recognize. Here, Ian is having a hard time finding bacon because he can’t remember the German word for it, and because the packaging isn’t what he’s used to.
Black forest cakes were one of the things, by the way, that I thought were probably stereotypes, popular in the US but not actually in Germany. Until I arrived! The kneipe downstairs from my apartment (which I’ve modeled Ian’s and Mark’s place on) always had black forest cake available, and so did a couple neighborhood bakeries and our local grocery store. I have not generally found, however, that black forest cake and vodka go well together. Clearly, Ian and Dima do not agree with me.
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