One in what I suspect will be an ongoing sequence of short posts on owning a home in Germany.
When you own a home in Germany? And it snows? You are obliged to sweep or shovel the walk in front of your house. It's not clear to me whether this is a formal, legal obligation or just something that everyone does. My wife thinks it's a law. I have trouble seeing this. I mean, what if you're out of the house on vacation? Or elderly, or handicapped?
Our house has a vacant lot on one side, and the house on the other usually stands empty -- it's a vacation home, or something. So, if I shovel the sidewalk, it's a a bare strip surrounded by snow on either side.
It doesn't matter. The sidewalk must be cleared.
And, you know what? I was fine with it. I took a broom out and whisked away vigorously. In a few minutes it was done: black, wet, gleaming.
I am at a loss to explain the satisfaction I derived from this.