They are, in no particular order of importance, as follows:
*kitchen rubbish bins are tiny and lid free, so they both fill up and stink quickly.
|Image borrowed from a Japanese blogger, I wonder if she is also annoyed by the rubbish situation here?|
*recycling is off-site like back in the 70s in California, so you must schlep your stuff up the street/down the street and/or to the store where they accept plastic bottles, but only TWO types of plastic bottles. The rest of the plastic is thrown out. A couple of giant yogurt containers from the Turkish market in a half full 35 liter bag and it's all over.
*no screens on any windows. There are roaches living in the bush outside the kitchen window that then come in and crawl around every time I leave the window open.
*puffy pretzels (yes, I know this isn't Germany, but I just wish that one could also find a pretzel here with 'skinny arms', if you know what I mean)
|Fun photo, but no seeds on my pretzel, thanks!|
*pedestrians in the bike lanes/not looking where they are walking. I've already run into one man who seemingly popped out of a hedge and into the road in front of me and was nearly felled by tram tracks as I tried to avoid riding into the slew of folk crossing at all points over the road and through the bike lane.
The brash response to this short list could be: if you don't like it here, then go home!
I do like it here very much save for a few little 'bumps in the road'. I've actually had chats with natives who also are neither keen on the lid-less rubbish bins nor the lack of window screens (I think the one guy has allergies, or something, and wound up ordering screens off the internet), so I feel a bit less like an a-hole about making a fuss.
PS: you should see my 'list of annoyances' regarding my home country! :D