Thursday, August 22, 2013
It is a German tradition that is slowly but surely dying off. It might take another fifty years, but eventually, I doubt if any survive.
If you were to sit around on a corner and observe....what you tend to see is one or two folks stopping by and buying a newspaper....then standing there to talk for ten minutes with the kiosk operator. Then they walk away. To some degree, it's like a corner bar, where you stand to talk worldly topics with the bartender.
Most open around 6AM and close around 9PM. It's long hours, and I doubt if any of the owners take home more than a thousand Euro a month after expenses are figured up.
For the old guys who hide out in the city park on a hot afternoon....a kiosk is absolutely necessary. You stop by...pick up a chilled beer, and sit there on a bench in the park to admire nature. You do this probably 365 days out of the year, and it becomes a part of your routine.
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