每日英語跟讀 Ep.799: About Europe - Sausage vending machines booming in Germany
Hungry Germans craving a sausage in the dead of night are increasingly turning to vending machines for their bratwurst, bockwurst, and so on. The machines are booming outside German cities where shops are less likely to stay open for long hours, according to a survey by the German Press Agency.
Some butchers’ vending machines sell three or four types of sausages, and punnets of accompanying potato salad – so customers can buy all they need for a traditional hearty German feast anytime.
There are over 570,000 vending machines in Germany, but despite their popularity they are expected to complement, rather than replace traditional shops.
"Vending machines will play a complementary role in brick-and-mortar retailing," Wolfgang Kampmeier of the Berlin-Brandenburg trade association told the Berliner Zeitung newspaper.
French ski resort uses helicopters to deliver snow for bare slopes 法國滑雪場以直升機送雪到裸露的山坡
A ski resort in the Pyrenees arranged for around 50 tonnes of snow to be dropped on its slopes. Taken from higher mountains, the snow was dumped on slopes for beginners and children.
Temperatures have risen above 10 ºC across the Pyrenees this week, leaving ski slopes devoid of snow.
In order to keep the ski resort open, the local council arranged for snow to be sent at a cost of more than 5,000 euros（£4,150）.
The director of the local council said it was a worthwhile investment. The school holidays in February and March are typically the busiest time of year for ski resorts in France.
However, the delivery of snow has been criticised by environmental groups. The director conceded that moving the snow was not a "particularly ecological" solution but said "we had no choice".
Source article: https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1353148 ; https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1354230