I started this blog series about differences between America and Germany with the major differences I have noticed so far between the food easily available here and that in America. It was a very general topic, I know.
This time, I am going to talk about one single item. Definitely a more specific example of contrasts between the Fatherland and the good old Red, White, and Blue.
Let’s start with a picture, as the visual is very strong.
If you take a close look at the German binder, you will see that it has more “parts” than the American one.
If you notice, there is a metal and plastic piece on top of the papers. The black plastic part is a button. To lock the papers in place (so they don’t rip while you transport the binder to and from school and home), just push the button closed. When you are ready to get a sheet out or move them around, click the button open. Then, you get this:
See it? That hole is there so that you can easily pull the binder off of a shelf. It’s very useful!
Okay, last feature. You’ll have to look closely for this one. See the little lip of metal that is sticking out at the bottom of the hole in the front of the binder?
So, I prefer the German binders over the American ones for sure! I always hated how pages in my binders got torn the longer they were in the binder and the more I carried it around. The metal and plastic thingy (I wish I knew the name for this!) holds all the binder pages in place during travel so they can’t rip. Because of the design of the rings, even small 1″ binders hold what feels like much more than 1″ American binders, although I have seen binders with “D-shaped rings” in America that boast of holding more than normal.
If we ever move back to America, I’m going to have to have Rob’s family send me these all the time! :)