Okay, that's not Kati, but someday soon, my photo will replace the above. Incidentally, if the apron bow is to her left, it means she is available. Right, taken. In the middle and she's either open or a virgin. Bow on back and either a widow or a waitress. The latter two get a bit hazy. Where's the bow above? Not sure. Anyway, no one takes this too seriously.
- Germany has over 1200 breweries with 5000 different labels.
- 80% of all European breweries are in Germany.
- However, only #3 in per capita consumption at 28 gallons/year (to Czechoslovakia and Austria)
- U.S. is #14 with 77 gallons
- China consumes twice the volume of the USA, which is #2 in total amount of beer drunk
- Germany passed the first food and beverage law in history, in 1516, dictating the use of only 4 ingredients for beer: malt, yeast, hops and water.
- dark beer uses malt dried at high temperature
- pale lager is pale
- wheat beer uses wheat
- 5% alcohol, although some spring beers exceed 7%
Anyway, the point I want to make is that while the flying part of an around the world journey can be memorable with those incredible First Class lounges where you get shuttled by Rolls Royces to the plane, plus all that outrageously awesome service in the air, it is what you do when you get there that makes a grand away the world adventure worthwhile. Each stop can be another flight into fantasia limited only by your imagination...and, perhaps, money.
Tropical Cyclone Chapala is still at 120 MPH, but should weaken into a Category 2 and crash tomorrow into Yemen, over Bir Ali, as the first hurricane strength storm in history:
They could get 8 years of rain with one storm.