Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Well here are the last pics of the year. We had an exciting and eventful year and are glad to say that we are all in Switzerland and settling in. Just about to sit down to a marvelous dinner of Raclette. Samuel and Marlene are ready to go and are excited about what 2009 will bring us. We wish everyone God's Blessing and many successes in the new year.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Here is our wonderful tree. We bought at a lot just across the street from where we live. Marlene decided she wanted another tree and let the entire neighborhood know of our disagreement. Ah yes the joys of parenthood. But Beate and I opted for this one. Samuel liked it very much and Marlene has warmed up to it.
No electric lights for us just the scent of pine and fresh wax in the house!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
to doing this thing daily this week. Some have asked me this
question about living in German speaking Switzerland. Well you might
ask, is the language really any different from Germany?
Here is a nice example I drew from an I received today. It is
inviting everyone to enjoy some food.
There are pastries (gipfeli) in the Kitchen for the taking.
es hät gipfeli i de chuchi
es hat gipfeli in die Küche
You can see the how different it really can be. I had to look at it a while before I could puzzle it out. But just an example of the adventure of everyday life here.
And yes, the gipfelis were tasty!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Well, it finally arrived and I an official resident! This is what it looks like and it allows me to stay and work legally.
This is not easy to get as so called "Dritt-länder". This literally means 3rd Worlder. I never thought of myself like that but the Swiss see themselves as level 1 and any EU citizens at level 2 and everyone else is level 3. Oh, well it means we can start our life here and we are looking forward to the day when we are all here.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Here is the short list:
1.)Get a Unbedenklichkeitsbescheinigung. This is given by the Zollamt (Customs Office) where the car will be registered. I live in the county of Boeblingen so I went to the office for this Kreis (County).
2.)Your car must pass the Tuev inspection. They will issue you a certificate saying you passed or failed and what you need to do to fix the car. WARNING # 1: If your car has USAREUR plates when you get the inpection they WILL fail you. However, this is not a problem as they say it will pass as soon as you have German plates. WARNING #2: You also need to get a abgassbescheinigung (Smog Test certificate). When you make the appointment for the Tuev make sure and ask for the smog test as well. I had to have the inspection done a second time because I did not have the right paperwork.
3.)Get German insurance. If you are USAA then you are already covered. If you don't then say goodbye to AIG, etc... and hello Allianz, etc...
4.) Go to your POV point in your community. In Stuttgart, it is at Panzer and the ladies there will help you out. Heidi and Gisela are both very knowledgeable and speak marvelous English. You will need to ask for a Request for POV Registration cancellation. They will take your plates at this time, so it is important to have a buddy to get you to the German auto registration to get your German plates.
There are some fine points that I will mention in my next post.