Roo Paw Goes to London, or Not

Helena Stack
June 18, 2013


This is where I’m not. Most of the group was tired from the long day in Potsdam, so they decided to ride the bus back to the train station, while just Claire, Dan and I stuck around. Dan said he spotted a bookstore he wanted to go into where every book was for 3 Euros. When we found the place, I went in and expected to find nothing. I don’t speak any German, so naturally, when I stepping in the shop, I made a bee line for the knick knacks. The first that caught my eye was this:

I picked it up and realized that it was a letter opener—made out of an Australian Kangaroo paw. I was laughing so hard, this was just the most absurd thing I’ve ever seen in a store. I made Claire ask the old women at the desk how much it was, 1 Euro she said!! 1 Euro?! I can barely get an ice cream for 1 Euro, I’m buying this.

Further wandering into the store, lead me to a box of post cards, some were written on- and yes I considered stamping it and sending it to someone as a joke- others, like this Tower of London card- were blank, and only 10 cents each. Considering all post cards in shops in Berlin are 1 Euro, I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to purchase these for 10 cents!

So in total- I paid 2,10 Euros for a Roo Paw and cards—by far the funniest thing that’s happened so far. When I got home, I unwrapped the Paw from the newspaper to take its picture for this blog. After stroking the handle a few times, I got freaked out and wrapped it back up. I’m sure it will stay tucked away until I try to smuggle it back through customs in the US.

Go into second hand shops! You never know what you’ll find- I also got to practice my German a little when I was paying. It’s all about the experience :)

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<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">My name is Helena and I&rsquo;m going to be a senior at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, where I&rsquo;m majoring in Community Health. I work as a general chemistry TA, and when I&rsquo;m not looking at a periodic table, you&rsquo;ll find me running. I&rsquo;ve ran a few marathons and can&rsquo;t wait to explore Berlin while running about. I also love yoga, reading books, and of course I have a passion for travel! I&rsquo;m so excited to be studying abroad this summer in Germany! I can&rsquo;t wait to soak up the culture and share my journey here with you!</span></p>

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