Germany pretends to be a very progressive, green country, with all its bio this and eco that. But the hypocrisy behind this illusion is that they won’t serve you tap water in a restaurant.
Despite the fact that other countries have won awards for solving one of the world’s biggest problems, of the pollution and energy waste caused by bottled water, you still can’t get a glass of tap water in many restaurants in Berlin.
Some restaurants tell you they don’t have tap water. What? So they don’t have taps then? How do they wash their dishes I wonder?
Some waitresses give you a look of disgust, nod, but then “forget” to bring you the water.
Some ask you whether that will be still or sparkling.
Only the Vietnamese restaurants actually give you tap water without complaint.
Luckily I really like Vietnamese food.
But this is hardly progressive thinking in 2014.