Whatever you pay for stuff in U.S. dollars, it's about the same number of Euros in Germany. Since €1 is currently worth about $1.34, you'd think everything is 34% more expensive. But U.S. retail prices are quoted before sales tax, which is currently over 9% in Santa Clara, whereas the 20% value-added tax is included in Germany. Taking that into account, on average you're really only paying about 23% more.

Even with the exchange rate, some things are cheaper in Germany than in the U.S., like booze and coffee. A pint of beer can be had for half a buck. I could learn to like it here.