10 Deka = 100 Gramm

Hello Berlin.

I carry the name Michael, the most popular name of the 80’s, I recently moved here from Vienna (right, Austria didn’t make it to the World Cup), I’m still exploring the city and trying to acclimatise. You could say I’m half German (my father was born in Baden-W├╝rttemberg, not that he stayed there for long, mind you) which is neither of importance nor relevance, as the rest of this paragraph.

Because I’m not too fond of being overly egocentric, after all it’s about the city and not me, I’ll try to bring a new foreign perspective over here. Annoyed already? You know, we Austrians talk funny and really only use two tenses (past and present). But usually, that doesn’t directly affect your survival.

Meat, Part 1

When hopping over to a supermarket to get something to fill our already aching tummies, me and a fellow Austrian friend were shocked when he tried to order 10 Deka of some kind of meat thing (don’t ask me, I’m vegetarian). The sales lady replied, in a noticeable Berlin accent, How much? After repetition of our order, and her reply, we were slightly confused. What, Dekma? No no, are you serious? The most common weight unit of every-day-life in all of Austria is as alien here as one of Vienna’s favourite dishes, A Eitrige mit an Buckl und a sechzehna Blech?

Meat, Part 2

We had to use this unit in elementary school, we’ve been confronted with it since we were taken to grocery stores by family members, and I can’t recall ever having used anything else there. I hope I can manage to multiply my wish with 10.

2 Comments so far

  1. kingmob (unregistered) on June 11th, 2006 @ 6:29 pm

    No Eitrige mit Bugl? SKANDAL!

  2. till (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2006 @ 7:56 pm

    And no flames? ;)

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