Today I met my first German spider, or Spinne. After living here for seven weeks I've finally laid eyes on a European arachnid. I hate spiders and thus am hyper aware of their presence, or lack thereof, at all times. I've expertly honed my peripheral vision to discern if a pock mark on the wall is in fact moving or just a push pin. Then, if said mark is mobile, with the help of a vacuum cleaner, or a nearby shoe for real the speedy ones, I eliminate them from my living space.