Another sign that we are moving to a better place is that our new neighbors decorate their section of the public stairs with chocolate. I'm not kidding, look:
Each step has a tiny plant and three chocolates covered in foil to look like Marienkäfer -ladybugs - (good luck sign in Germany). The little green guy at the top is holding a sign that says "Funny every day!".Ridiculously cute! Not my style per se, but so cheery! Like somebody actually cares, let alone cleans their section of the stairs! SO much better than what normally greats us as we enter our current building, below. Our current view is just gross.
In a building with several apartments in Germany you'll either be paying collectively for somebody to clean the common stairs, or you take turns, or you just clean your section. None of this happens where we currently live and it's horrid. Since we're in the middle, cleaning is futile when filth like this is on the surrounding floors, so I try to sweep often. I'm looking forward to our new apartment, but also our new common areas, full of light, cleanliness, and cheer!
Yes, it's really hard to walk by these chocolates without wanting to pick one up! We've noticed Frau Tille changes the stair decor each month, so it'll be a while longer to resist temptation!