Craig is working at the Heart Institute in Leipzig and has an office located across the street. It’s not a typical office building, but actually a rented apartment space that has been converted to an office. In his first week in Leipzig, he was working in the “office” alone when there was a knock on the door. He answered the door and was greeted by a German man who started rambling on in German before Craig interrupted him with a “Sprechen Sie Englisch, bitte?” The man shook his head no, and asked for Katrin (Craig’s co-worker). Katrin wasn’t there unfortunately, and after a few more attempts to get his point across, the man, obviously frustrated, held up his hand and said, “fünf Minuten, fünf Minuten.” Craig closed the door slowly as the man walked away, very confused about what just happened.
Five minutes later, Craig again heard a knock on the door. There was the same man, but this time he had two more people with him. The man gestured to Craig that he wanted to come in to the apartment, and since Craig had just started a couple days earlier and hadn’t met most of his colleagues, he assumed they were somehow affiliated with his company.
As the small group started wandering room to room, Craig realized that they were not employees after all. There were actually prospective tenants who were touring the apartment! As the group was preparing to leave, Craig made eye contact with the man and nodded, finally understanding what he had tried to tell him earlier.