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The tales of two countries
Interests: one crazy Australian on her adventures around the world... behaving badly wherever she goes.
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get jobs, make money, be rich Recently a professional curiosity (read: opportunism) lead me to embrace ‘freelancer’ status in Germany and try to find some extra work. After a lazy web search, there they were: dozens of freelancer websites right at my fingertips. With a cautious feeling in my stomach, and a professional fortitude in my fingertips, I dove into the world of freelancing online. What did I find? I found the worst possible things. Do bots even exist? Do you keep a blog? Do you visit blogs? Of course you do. You’re here. Have you noticed those ridiculous viral... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at Sandcastle in the Snow
Thanks for posting about the tattoo chain! I had no idea and I've been addicted to Alice since I was a kid. Its simply wonderful! :-)
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2014 on a few good things at elephantine
Photo evening in the Waldpark Mannheim. Celebration of new wheels. Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Sandcastle in the Snow
Mr German and I got married last weekend. And it was lovely. Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2014 at Sandcastle in the Snow
bah hahaha Sorry, I'm laughing at your astute and wonderful comments, not at the suffering caused by the intruder. I personally despise being asked for money at any time. Knocking on the door is an inconvenience beyond what I would have tolerated. Good on you! Defend the home front! ;)
Everybody is blogging about summer ending right now. Its the in thing. Now this is generally the kind of thing that is a big deal in Australia, but the changing seasons are a HUGE deal in the northern hemisphere. Here is a picture of me and my new favourite scarf to prove it. (Got the scarf and jumper (sweater?) both from H&M, the jumper was earlier this year) Its pretty late tonight as I write this. I've tried to pack my day full of activities and chores. I did not give in to the nap urge! Although I did spend... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at Sandcastle in the Snow
Oh hi! I seem to have started a thing while I've got the flu of blogging past midnight. Now, its a dead certain fact that if I'm blogging this late, what you're going to get is some cough-medicine fuelled gold. So grab a hold of your valuables and hang in for the ride. I finally downloaded a whole bunch of pics from my iphone. We got this awesome charger device a while ago, so when I plug my phone in it doesn't automatically back up. I am electing to tell today's story in pictures. So without further ado, ladies and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Sandcastle in the Snow
Dear Chau Lih, I hired a translator for my official documents. The translator has to be certified by the state. To do that, I asked my consulate for a referral of appropriate translators. The word you want is uebersetzer. I went with a woman in Heidelberg, Bettina Winterfeld, and she was very good. My birth certificate was translated for 32euro including VAT. I found her on this website *You can add in your native language and your translation language What it sounds like you need is a Dolmetscher. This is an interpreter. On the day of the wedding, the Dolmetscher stands next to you and interprets the ceremony. A typical Stadesamt ceremony should not be longer than 30 minutes, or 40 with translation so you're not likely to pay for more than an hour. Our stadesamt would have had to appoint someone who is legally qualified to carry out this work. I personally won't need this. I can speak fluent German, and my German fiancé is fluent in English. At no point has the Stadesamt recommended a Dolmetscher. If you can speak German you might not need this either. Good Luck!
Toggle Commented Jul 15, 2014 on wedding? what wedding? at Sandcastle in the Snow
Evening all, I've been caught up in life the last couple of weeks, but it seems that a chest flu will give me just the right amount of time to consider my dear old blog for a little while. So in the middle of my 1am coughing fit, I'll pause and say hello -- if only to let Mr German have a better night sleep tonight and to spare my abs! Ahh, scenic Germany... actually this is scenic Weinheim. Recently I've been thinking about freelancing in Germany, and what kind of things Australians need to think about at Tax time,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Sandcastle in the Snow
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Jun 12, 2014
Ok so its hot as hell at the moment. I think we need some ice ice baby! Between that and the theme of todays post, I'm sharing this GEM with you. I remember dancing around my living room to this in Australia in the early 90's and thinking that I was pulling off the moves, and then being horrified as I got over. But the real point of today's post is to ask a question. I'm feeling pretty settled in Germany, anyone got any questions about moving here, or being an expat, or organising getting married? Anyone have questions about... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at Sandcastle in the Snow
That's the reason, back there, behind the camera. So newcommers to the blog may not know the backstory this is the reason I started the blog. Almost four years ago, I met this guy. And he happened to be from somewhere else, Germany actually, and I was from Australia. We travelled back and forth until this year. This year I moved to Germany. There were a number of reasons for that. I'll dedicate a post to that too this week (I hope). The result, that is important for this post, is that I've generally missed every Australian summer for the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Sandcastle in the Snow
I've been coming to and from some blogging ideas for a while now, but life has honestly been far too hectic to sit down and write about it. I've been busy on the front lines, and to be honest writing has felt like the sidelines. I'm also in the connundrum now where I can say that I do this (part-time) professionally and its a bit like a chef who doesn't cook at home. Still, in my usual spirit-- because this blog and these readers (whoever you are) are important to me-- I'm back. The most interesting bits first, in dot... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at Sandcastle in the Snow
Updates, updates, updates!! Some important things you'll find out in this post are that I've now got a job, you may not have known that we have official permission to marry and that on top of that (you couldn't possibly know this) I've started a new fitness regime. And lastly, and sadly, I've withdrawn from study. Since I've been away for a while, I'll be concentrating on these three things hopefully not to bore you to death. I plan to post a little here, and then get back to longer, hopefully more helpful for expat, entries in the coming days.... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2014 at Sandcastle in the Snow
Hi Audra, Thanks for the message! You're welcome to ask questions, and you can do that a number of ways. You can contact me directly on expat blog, or you can post questions/comments here. I'm always happy to share anything I've learned in the last 4 years, as long as people understand that its what I've learned from my life and I could be totally wrong. Surviving an LDR is tough, so I recommend expanding your support network as wide as you can, and I read a lot of blogs and online info during the "apart" side of the relationship.
Good morning Beloved Blog (Imagine me shining at you from here), Why the shine? Well spring snuch around the corner and recharged the old batteries. Although, truth be told, I'm sitting here in a pink dressing gown with my almost empty cup of coffee, bleary morning face and-- given the state of things, I'm probably covered in cat hair. Hey, its washing day. So what has been happening lately, as I have been away from here for a little while now? In short, many things. The thing is, each fantastic thing going on around here deserves its' own blog post.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Sandcastle in the Snow
You know, I didn't think it would be impossible. And I'm not one who is into the whole glamour wedding thing. I never wanted the whole picket fence lifestyle. Ask me, really do, and if I'm honest part of me is screaming in the background of my brain "RUN YOU... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2014 at on a personal note...
So I'm going to share my apple pie recipe with you, because its easy and its delicious. Apple pies are so Australian for me, anything in a pie is. At the moment I'm having a bit of a struggle with my weight (Gained 5kg since landing, sheeeesh) and I've also had a bit of a struggle with exercise motivation. But I'm finding a way to get through that. Sadly, I made this last night and forgot to take pictures because I was eating it. When I get organised today I'll try and post. My recipe for Apple pie is easy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at Sandcastle in the Snow
If crying about that stuff wasn't allowed, that stuff wouldn't exist. Today I'm into lists too, so here's a list for you :) 1. Not being able to eat yummy strawberries sucks. Strawberries are Nature's crack for sugar addicts... and I should know. 2. How you didn't punch Scott about the Hershy bar incident will forever be a mystery to me. 3. Don't blame yourself for being upset about the Nachos. I hate when your cheer up food doesn't really meet the requirements for being called food. That's just not fair. Still scrolling through your website pics (yeah I'm going a bit trolly, its a weird internet compliment I guess) you don't look fat to me. You look healthy and you sound smart, interesting and totally the kind of person who should be making babies, so the world sucks a little less. In case, however, cheer and positive thoughts from random internet stranger wasn't what you ordered from the world, I leave you with the words of Allie Brosh, I am sorry about your dead goldfish. xLisa
What happens when I visit the Auslaenderbehoerde for the first time? You won't know unless you read this post. Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at Sandcastle in the Snow
If someone told me I couldn't eat sugar... well I ate about six brownies yesterday (that I had made myself so I knew EXACTLY how much fat/sugar etc was in there... those things could give you diabetes just smelling them). Anyway I wouldn't be so graceful or humorous about it. I'd be lethal. I guess what I'm trying to say is KUDOS lady. I would have killed someone. X Miss Beesy.
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Feb 11, 2014
As madame Muss muss is more and more comfortable at home, and learns that 1am is not the time to get bored and sing us the song of her people, we are all settling better into Mannheim. It has been a large adjustment living together. My own private time, my own freedom of self which previously was separatate from my relationship is melding with the relationship-ness of living with someone. I'm sure that there is a more articulate way to say all that, but until I can be bothered editing these posts, this will do. I have well and truly... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at Sandcastle in the Snow
Good morning Mannheim Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at Sandcastle in the Snow
As someone who is tossing up between just getting married at the courthouse and getting married with a ceremony, I like this post. For me, getting married has always been about the long haul. It has never been about the 'wedding'. Still, the chance to enjoy a celebration with friends and family, and to participate in the traditions of marriage, is something that still appeals to me. Hence why I'm here, reading this. It is true that I personally would rather read blogs than Wedding magazines. I find that the average wedding magazine is mostly advertisements, and all for things which lie well outside my very budget budget. The availability of DIY and budget options online make it far more appealing for brides like me. :)