GET REGISTERED

GET REGISTERED Germans take registration very seriously. The law in Düsseldorf entails registering within one week of a move. If renting, the landlord can be required to confirm occupancy. Leaving for a new location means de-registering. When we moved, I gave not one single thought to what Germany considers to be the the primary activity […]

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FINANCIAL TRAP

FINANCIAL TRAP My employers wished to know which church I belonged to. I enquired what business it was of theirs and why they were asking. To pay tax to either the Protestant or Catholic church, I’m told. The vast majority of funds are transferred directly from source and each company is responsible to declare where […]

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FORGETFUL RESIDENT

FORGETFUL RESIDENT Foreign residents are required to ensure they stick to the rules with their papers in good order. Identification should also be carried on their person at all times in Germany. I was born in a country that was at the time of writing a member of a marvellous political and economic alliance known […]

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LUCKY TRANSLATION

LUCKY TRANSLATION It was after work one late afternoon. The weather was marvellous. I was cycling to swim in the outdoor pool in Lörick. Since I lived in Oberkassel, my route took me along a scenic pathway that provided a view of the river Rhine. The cycle path was the width of only two bikes. […]

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