I would love to write to you all today about our travels to Dresden this weekend; however, with finals forthcoming this week and preparations for the long-awaited arrival of my beautiful sister/mother/Aunt, I may have to put off a longer post until later this week. Until then, a couple tips about ordering pastries in Germany, inspired by today's events:
1) The word for "nut" in German is not "nutte," as would seem only logical. It is "nusse." When you ask the kind bakery lady across the street if her praline cakes have "nutte," you are really asking her if her pastries have "prostitutes."
2) Apple cake contains...apple. And this is exactly how they will answer you when you ask.
3) When you see "cherry corners" on sale in the morning, buy them immediately. Those sales are just as attractive to everyone else in town as they are to you and they will definitely be gone by the time you meander that way in the afternoon. And then you will have to resort to prostitute pastries.
Unfortunately, I made all three of these mistakes within one week, at the same pastry shop, with the same kind-hearted bakery lady. To round off today's performance, however, I managed to poke myself in the eye with my sunglasses while ordering, and nearly ran head-first into the display of wind chimes outside the window. So if you take anything from this, take heart in knowing that you can most definitely never embarrass yourself in a German pastry shop any more than I have already.