Dispatch from a Frankfurt minibar
A jet-setting correspondent reports:
A data point on obesity (and alcoholism).
In the minibar in a room at the Frankfurt Hilton, one can procure a 0.2-liter Coca-Cola for 4.5 euros, which works out to $26.77 per liter. A refreshing 0.33-liter Heineken is 5 euros, or $17.88 per liter.
Also available: Campari (6.5 euros for 4 cl), a pre-mixed martini (7 euros for 6 cl) and, God help us, Jagermeister (6.5 euros for 4 cl). And it's not just a bizarre quirk of minibar pricing, either. At the reasonably nice, full-service restaurant where I ate lunch, a giant plate of grilled bratwurst with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes was 8.8 euros, and my Diet Coke was 3.9 euros. Don't know how much a beer would have been.
Back in the old days, of course, no self-respecting foreign correspondent would leave lunch without knowing how much a beer -- or wine or a cocktail -- cost.
Photo credit: Stan Honda for The Washington Post
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