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    Moving Abroad

    So...

    Some of you may be aware already, we don't have a do-or-die date yet, but I took a 3 year position in Germany and will be moving over the summer. Which means there are a lot of things to think about... I'm calling our new home "between Paris and Prague" (its actually Ansbach, which is close-ish to Nuremburg).

    So, since I know a number of folks here have moved from this side of the ocean to that side of the ocean (someone ask Danie to come weigh in, I can't get on FB right now due to new computer at work syndrome)...any advice?

    Also, I need outlet adapters, yeah?
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    Re: Moving Abroad

    Congratulations on the move!!!! How exciting. I have no advice. However I have a friend who her and her husband spent 9 years in Germany for military and can ask if she has any tips/advice if you would like.
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    Congrats, that's exciting that's further down in Germany than I've been. But I'd say yea you need adapters, I need them to go from Denmark to Germany so I'd be very surprised if you didn't. Try to learn some German (if you don't already speak it?), they're not always all that great at English (although in my experience if you can ask them to speak English in German, they're suddenly a little better).
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    DON'T MAKE NAZI JOKES. I REPEAT DO NOT MAKE NAZI JOKES THERE.

    Other than that their food and beers are great. Come say hello to me in France sometime! :P Congratulations, Europe is a totally different beast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean R. R. View Post
    DON'T MAKE NAZI JOKES. I REPEAT DO NOT MAKE NAZI JOKES THERE.

    Other than that their food and beers are great. Come say hello to me in France sometime! :P Congratulations, Europe is a totally different beast.
    OH YES! eat Bratkartoffeln. Then eat more of them. I live off a diet of them when I'm there and you're welcome in this part of Europe too
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    Yes, you'll need power adapters.

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    Cool; my Sensei is from Germany.
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    Re: Moving Abroad

    Quote Originally Posted by thalassa View Post
    So...

    Some of you may be aware already, we don't have a do-or-die date yet, but I took a 3 year position in Germany and will be moving over the summer. Which means there are a lot of things to think about... I'm calling our new home "between Paris and Prague" (its actually Ansbach, which is close-ish to Nuremburg).

    So, since I know a number of folks here have moved from this side of the ocean to that side of the ocean (someone ask Danie to come weigh in, I can't get on FB right now due to new computer at work syndrome)...any advice?

    Also, I need outlet adapters, yeah?
    There are so many cool hiking places. Germany is roughly half the size of Texas so getting around doesn't take days just to get from A to B. Trains are super fun and affordable, if I recall correctly. Germany has beaches and islands on the north end (I stayed on Norderney for a school trip for a week and had a blast). I also stayed in Austria for a school skii trip for a week and had an even better time there. You get all seasons there with lots of snow in the winter. If you have allergies in your family, check to see which ones are most prevalent in the area you'll be living. You're going to be living a few hours SE of where I lived so I don't have much in the way of localities but I'm fairly sure there will be lots of restaurants, bakeries and pubs in the area (we had lots and our town only had a population of 2-3k at the time. I think it's doubled in the meantime. Be prepared for many stores to be closed after a certain time of day and on weekends. It was weird when I moved to the US and so many stores were open 7 days a week, some even 24 hrs a day.

    And yes, you will need outlet and voltage adapters. The average power outlet provides around 230v (Anywhere from 220-240 volts) and the outlets themselves are styled differently. They use two round prongs rather than the two vertical and flat prongs we have in the US. https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/germany/

    I miss visiting all the castle ruins. Those will always have a special spot in my memory and heart. I don't know what city life is like in Germany since I grew up on a farm on the farthest outskirts of a tiny village. Since you'll be close to a bigger city though, I don't think you'll have many issues, but Germans can come across as not very friendly at times. They are a very direct people and the village I lived in wasn't very keen on outsiders (they stole our US flag on several occasions and frequently prank called us and those were just the instances I remember). At the time I was glad to leave Germany, but looking back now, I dearly miss that place. I need to visit.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sean R. R. View Post
    DON'T MAKE NAZI JOKES. I REPEAT DO NOT MAKE NAZI JOKES THERE.

    Other than that their food and beers are great. Come say hello to me in France sometime! :P Congratulations, Europe is a totally different beast.
    They made plenty of those when I lived there. Probably depends on where you go. Closer to concentration camps, probably not a good idea...
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    Oooh, exciting! I got to go to Trier and Rothenburg (best hot chocolate was found there) for a school trip and it was amazing.

    The adapter is great, but according to what I remember, you need to check voltage as well, because germany has double the voltage and while most things are made multi voltage nowadays, some things don't.

    Definitely bring your measuring cups if you're gonna be relying on your usual baking/cooking recipes, since it's different over there. Also there's a lot of Green intiatives over there, I think? Like car free zones and smoking bans. Safe travels, I hope everything goes smoothly for you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Juniper View Post

    They made plenty of those when I lived there. Probably depends on where you go. Closer to concentration camps, probably not a good idea...
    But isn't that the best place to make them? Ok I'm out.

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