The following is the first of a series of excerpts from the forthcoming untitled Tanktronic book, due out this winter. In this excerpt, I reflect on my short time living in Stadthagen, a small town in Germany.
I lived in one of the town’s two hotels, in the one room they had that loosely resembled an apartment, complete with a kitchen fully stocked with pots and pans – but no stove or oven. That pretty much summed up the spirit of Stadthagen – accommodating and quirky. I made my three minute commute to the office in my rented small Mercedes, a name brand which is more Chevrolet than Cadillac in Germany. I managed to find a couple young adults [and one child, embarrassingly] outside the office who spoke English fluently, and they gave me some sense of friendship and normalcy over the weekends.