Culture note revision: It was sunny today, and above 40 degrees. I guess that makes it prime leave-your-baby outside weather. This 2-year-old was just sitting outside a bookstore today in a carriage, blinking in the sunshine, all bundled up. On the train home from Germany I met these American women from Wisconsin, who were so typically touristy, doing the all-of-Europe in 2 weeks thing, and we talked about some of the culture differences. One of the women was super-appalled by the baby thing. “The doctor told me this, and I never forgot it, he said, ‘IF YOU’RE COLD, THE BABY’S COLD.'” These same women also asked me to email their hubbies back home for them, since they’d tried to get through and the operator only spoke German. They also gave me a can of Easy Cheese. A little piece of home.

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