Chris -- people were universally very nice there. We'd go back in a heartbeat. We saw lots of folks there who looked genuinely happy, some were downright jolly. Haven't seen nearly enough of that Stateside. Maybe I have to get out more?
Setab-- we drank lots of draft Pils and yes, it is something I'll miss. May be I'll have to sniff around our local bottle shop for some good bottled German beer, but I doubt it will taste the same as the local draft variety.
Just back today in NY and am preparing to go on a few days diet to recuperate from the tasty but rich food. I don't know how anyone in that country stays slim. Come to think of it, maybe there weren't any? For a week we figured we could treat ourselves, but now it's payback time. Good thing I had the cholesterol test a few weeks before heading over there :