Eurovision is shit this year.
Pure unmitigated shit.
Wait – before you give up, hear me out. As most of you know, I’m a Eurovision fan. Perhaps not the most dedicated (I don’t pay attention to within country song selection processes, not even within Germany), but I do buy the music and listen to it [...]
New Year’s Eve Tradition in Mobile, Alabama…
And, in keeping with the procedure from last year, Germany…
If you want to watch this on television, instead of on YouTube, and you’re in Germany, good news: you cannot miss it:
Last night I kind of nerded out and started sorting through a massive stack of paperwork that’s accumulated over the past month – there’s something cathartic about sorting through all of it, punching holes in documents and putting them in binders.
Maybe that’s not nerding, per se, but a sign of being too German.
When I moved to the big city, I decided it was time to dump small regional banks and go with a large, substantial, international player – and I’ve been completely happy with that jump, until now.
It’s all because my bank does not offer me the Karl Marx MasterCard, unlike Sparkasse Chemnitz.
It’s almost enough [...]
In the near-ish future, I will be picking up my eAT – the elektronischer Aufenthaltsitel – that will be permission for me to stay in Germany a bit longer.
The eAT format is a credit-card sized document that includes a chip that contains biometric identification information.
Providing this led the most amusing moment of my [...]
Borkum, German Customs Ship
This past weekend I was Nautical Adam – I popped up to Hamburg to see Mr. Letters Home and his family. Completely by chance, it happened to be the Hafengeburstag weekend.
That is, it was the harbor’s birthday – and I’m not really sure why, because it seems pretty young [...]
Yes, I know, some members of the expat community are unhappy with the German Customs Office because they weren’t notified that a package was waiting for them: to my friend, Heidelbergerin, I am sympathetic.
I’m annoyed because the German Customs Office seems to have it out for me. Normal mail seems to spend six weeks [...]
So I’m back from my trip to the coast for New Year’s Eve.
We (my guests and I) headed to Usedom, an island that is at the north-east corner of Germany, with the eastern bit of the island in Poland. I’d picked the place because there was a technical museum that looks at the history [...]
While Koko was visiting, I took a couple days off of work to join her in visiting Berlin tourist sites and was quickly reminded of how Germany is the perfect place to live if you love to hate where you are, and at the same time love to love where you are.
It’s rather simple, [...]