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Die Kaffeestube Teil 2 - virtual Kaffeeklatsch in Germany and Austria

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cheaspicks Wed 22-Aug-12 09:57:01

Chat for those living in a German-speaking country, or anyone else who is interested.

worldcitizen Wed 22-Aug-12 10:35:54

Okay, hello everyone. I live in Hamburg grin

itsMYNutella Wed 22-Aug-12 10:49:03

Ooohhhh it's so big and roomy in here smile
I'm in Hannover world (hope you don't mind me shortening it) I think I'm the only non mother on the thread, I'm almost 22weeks pregnant with my first. Been in Germany for almost two years.

Thanks for the new thread cheas almost wrote silken duh! I better stop mums netting and shopping online... Going for a walk, see you in a bit! smile

AntiqueMuppet Wed 22-Aug-12 10:52:21

Afternoon all!

Thanks for the new thread, cheaspicks!

Hi worldcitizen. Have you been in Hamburg long? Hamburg is one of the cities here I haven't really visited yet but it's on my list.

Nutella Is there a Primark near you? There are a few branches dotted around Germany and I got a load of sleepsuits for DS there. I think I paid about €10 for a pack of three and they all had poppers all the way down the legs smile

admylin Glad you enjoyed your trip to Berlin. Have a nice time with your guests for Eid.

Englishwoman Have a lovely time in London.

Linzer Are you on holiday again? smile

Ploom Hope you had a nice afternoon with silken & Linzer

<waves to anyone I've missed>

We're off for DH's niece's Einschulung tomorrow. I've never been to one before so I'm quite looking forward to it. As far as I can tell there's something at the school, then a church service, then something (possibly a BBQ, fingers crossed) at BIL's afterwards.
The whole Einschulung thing seems a bit over the top but maybe I'll change my mind tomorrow smile

AntiqueMuppet Wed 22-Aug-12 10:52:55

Oh, it's me, gator, by the way. Changed my name a few days ago then never got around to posting!

worldcitizen Wed 22-Aug-12 10:56:21

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worldcitizen Wed 22-Aug-12 11:00:45

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itsMYNutella Wed 22-Aug-12 11:07:14

Nice to meet you world smile
I love Hamburg envy I find Hannover is a bit unexciting... And <whispers> ugly.... But I believe it rains even more in Hamburg than Hannover. I never lived in a particularly rainy place in England and when it rains for days on end I find it really hard....

muppet there is Germany's biggest primark in Hannover.... I'm not sure if anyone shops anywhere else now hmm... So far I've avoided going in there but I'm weakening for baby stuff... Although I haven't been able to find muslin cloths anywhere either.

awesomesauce Wed 22-Aug-12 11:09:11

Hi all

Just thought we'd pop in and introduce ourselves - we are a bilingual family (Canadian Mommy, German Daddy, 18 month old daughter & super gentle Hungarian doggie) living in Berlin...

We're located in the fabulously green (but unfortunately unfriendly) area of Köpenick =O)

If anyone's interested I've shared a few of my 'Life in Germany' experiences on my blog:

Anyone else have any tales to tell about Leben in Deutschland?

worldcitizen Wed 22-Aug-12 11:15:22

Hello awesome. Looking forward to hearing about your tales of Köpenick grin

AliceAtTheMadHattersTeaparty Wed 22-Aug-12 12:31:40

The summer holiday

is going on forever

and dh is away again next week..

flops in a shady corner,,

Ploom Wed 22-Aug-12 13:32:20

Oh a new thread!! Like!

Welcome to all newcomers - the more the merrier.

awesome - I've only been to Berlin a few times but each time was to Köpenick - thats where my IL's lived at the time (over 10 years ago). Remember it being really easy to access the countryside but being soooo far from Tegel airport. Really loved Berlin and often try to get dh to organise a weekend there but he's not as enthused.

Am on the iphone app so cant remember the namechanges blush but just popping in to say we had a fab afternoon at our wee meet up but it was way too hot. I'm also glad its a good 8 degrees cooler today smile.

Ploom Wed 22-Aug-12 13:34:31

alice - I agree about holidays going on forever. But today is "hump" day - they've been off for 22 days & go back in 22 days so as of tomo we're over the hump!!

(Disclaimer - I love my dc but all day every single day is making me go quietly crazy!)

admylin Wed 22-Aug-12 13:57:33

Thanks for the new thread cheaspicks!

Hello to all newcomers - I agree with ploom the more the merrier!

Hi to everyone else, still got guests here but marking my place quickly! Thank goodness it's cooled down abit. Could you all get to sleep at night OK? Big black rings under my eyes here from bad sleep, somehow our 2nd floor flat didn't cool down even at night.

itsMYNutella Wed 22-Aug-12 16:25:00

Can totally believe it Ploom and not at all surprised! smile I think Mum managed to arrange plenty of activities for us in the holidays just to avoid seeing us moping around the house!

Oh dear admylin sorry your flat didn't cool down sad we have all the windows open as long as possible to keep what little draft we can blowing through. Perhaps getting all the guests out somewhere for the evening will help? Hope you sleep better tonight!

And awesome I've had a peek at your blog! envy I mean.... Love your ideas for re-fashioning stuff! Wish I was a bit more handy with needle & thread / sewing machine / knitting etc etc etc... ho hum...

Emandlu Wed 22-Aug-12 16:28:30

Hello everyone,

Do you mind if I join in? I am not in Germany but love the country and would move there in a heartbeat if I could persuade DH to learn the language.

I am learning German (badly) and my kids are learning also. My Dad's family originate in Germany and I would love to go back to the area they came from.

worldcitizen Wed 22-Aug-12 16:43:43

Hello there emandlu, where do they originate from, if I may ask smile

Emandlu Wed 22-Aug-12 17:48:26

It is the Stuttgart area. I cannot remember the town exactly without looking it up.

worldcitizen Wed 22-Aug-12 18:45:18

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Emandlu Wed 22-Aug-12 21:46:05

I will get to visit there one day, our next holiday to Germany will be in Hamburg, and then to friends in Kassel. I am really looking forward to it so very much. I feel so much less stressed in Germany as generally things seem to work as I wish they would here - if I could just get my head around the language, I'd be away grin

worldcitizen Wed 22-Aug-12 21:49:25

Don't forget your husband emandlu grin

Emandlu Wed 22-Aug-12 21:55:54


D'oh! grin I will persuade him yet! He's agreed to go back for a holiday after all.

worldcitizen Wed 22-Aug-12 22:14:46

Good work. Thumbs up grin.

No, I am only joking of course. I still am trying to figure out, why I could never persuade my exH to visit the UK more often or to move to the UK permanently.
I was not successful. i wonder why,'til this day hmm

worldcitizen Wed 22-Aug-12 22:15:43

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NoHunIntended Thu 23-Aug-12 01:13:36

Checking in! Wow, loads of new people - hello! :-) - and loads of namechangers! I need a spreadsheet!

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