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Der Nebel steigt, es fällt das Laub - a German and Austrian autumn thread

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AntiqueMuppet Wed 26-Sep-12 09:27:11

A thread for anyone living in Germany or Austria, or anyone else who fancies a chat.

Previous thread here

worldcitizen Fri 28-Sep-12 14:51:45

Yes, you can also leave luggage at the airport. I believe there are two options at least, one should be between terminal 1 and 2.

itsMYNutella Fri 28-Sep-12 15:59:15

English I've never heard that green was unlucky either I like the sound of your carpet smile.... I love green! It's a colour I would consider for the baby corner - nice and gender neutral! In fact in my first place I had a wallpaper that was mostly green in the bedroom and in the second a green hallway....hmm don't think I've been unlucky...

This weekend there is a herbst festival thing nearby but I haven't figured out if you have to pay to get in.... I don't understand why there are often these days where you can go along and buy overpriced things that you could get in most fancy shops but first you have to pay to go and look at the fancy stuff confused the main reason I'm interested in going is to look for more second hand baby stuff. Apart from nappies and dummies I'm not sure if baby will have anything new... Still looking for the last few bits to pop up on eBay wink

CheddarandMarmite Fri 28-Sep-12 16:19:57

<Sidles in shyly> Hello everyone. I've been meaning to join this thread for a while, but it always goes so fast, so I decided to wait until a new one starts.

Currently living in Bayern, but we are moving to Hessen in the new year, which I am a bit nervous about (leaving all my friends here, having to find a flat and find Kindergartens and things <frets>). Any other Hessen people on here?

admylin Fri 28-Sep-12 17:09:44

Hi CheddarandMarmite welcome and I hope the move goes well (now I really could do with some cheddar and some marmite)!Not sure if we have any Hesseners on here. I'm in Hanover.

Nutella is it the Fest on the Schutzenplatz? Went there one year but it's like a mini Oktoberfest. Free to get in (or it was when we went). I know what you mean about having to pay to get into these things. It's a shame as it puts us off going as a family of four it gets too expensive. Dd would have loved the recent show at Herrenhausergarten with dogs but it also cost jsut to go inside.

achillea hope you have a nice trip to Frankfurt!

ploom glad your ds2 got a nice teacher. My 2 are both happy with their teachers so are enjoying school at the moment. Just sat in the dyslexia therapist's waiting room and listened to another mother sobbing that her dd isn't getting any better and how bad her last piece of homework was, full of spelling mistakes and how her dd won't read, how the school won't offer any help either. Felt so sorry for the girl (well abit for the mum too but found it abot ott sobbing to the young therapist).

bienchen enjoy the laternenumzug! We loved our lanterns and sometimes used to sit with them on in the dark on winter evenings! Better in the warm, snuggled on the sofa than out in the freezing cold!

world thank goodness being a witness wasn't too bad. Sounds scary.

Well, 4 hours left until we pick dh up. Haven't heard from him although he could have forgotten his mobile pin number! He has just sent off for a job in Canada, great university in Montreal, wouldn't say no to a few years there although it's a worry for the dc as they still have 3 and 4 years to Abi. Bad time to change countries and school systems.

worldcitizen Fri 28-Sep-12 17:40:02

admylin I would totally encourage you to go to Montreal. Seriously, a wonderful quality of life and awesome atmosphere. 3-4 years before Abi and changing schools and school systems to go to Canada is no issue at all, really not at all!!!!!!

Cheddar sorry, even though I lived for over 6 years in Frankfurt, Wiesbaden and Bad Nauheim I doubt I would be of much help, all too long ago.

AntiqueMuppet Fri 28-Sep-12 18:25:56

admylin Montreal sounds amazing! My parents are on the other side of Canada and I'm a bit in love with the country. I loved it when we were over there when I was pregnant.

CheddarandMarmite Hello! I'm in Hessen smile The thread really whizzes along sometimes.

Nutella Enjoy the Herbstfest if you go - hope it's not too expensive and that you manage to find a few baby bits.

achillea Enjoy your Frankfurt trip! We went to the Palmengarten a few years ago and really enjoyed it.

Linzer Hope the work isn't too stressful and you still have time for wine consumption & MNing other things over the weekend.

Ploom Glad the parents evenings went well.

English I've never heard of the green thing either!

<waves to everyone else>

We're off to look at a fab-sounding house this week. I'm all excited again even though we still haven't managed to get hold of our landlady to see if we could move out if we found a Nachmieter. (When we moved in the agency said that would be no problem, but the landlady dumped the agency at really short notice recently so we don't know whether that still stands.)

worldcitizen Fri 28-Sep-12 18:30:16

antique are you also in Frankfurt or somewhere else?

achillea Fri 28-Sep-12 18:31:11

Thanks worldcitizen, I shall leave my luggage at the train station and get the 36 bus. This is so unlike me. In my youth I would have just turned up and found my way wherever I wanted to get to. Now I feel I have to have it all arranged perfectly.

WhatWouldVegansDo Fri 28-Sep-12 19:06:11

world, we have been here nearly six months now and settling really well, danke. It's fine. But I really am one of those people who is content wherever I lay my hat, as long as I have my husband and offspring with me, and it's not a complete hellhole!

Cheddar, welcome. I am in Frankfurt. My DS is nearly two. He's not in Kiga so I can't really help there, but holler if you think I can be of any help. How old is/are your DC?

antique, good luck with the viewing.

WhatWouldVegansDo Fri 28-Sep-12 19:07:04

What is Abi? That's my name! smile

WhatWouldVegansDo Fri 28-Sep-12 19:09:32

achillea, enjoy your trip. If you go to the gardens, there is a fancy restaurant next door that does fancy cakes (no good for vegans though).

achillea Fri 28-Sep-12 19:10:04

Abitur - the exam they take at 16 instead of GCSE.

CheddarandMarmite Fri 28-Sep-12 19:10:30

Ooh, Antique you're in Hessen? We are looking to move to Hanau, to the east of Frankfurt, don't know if you are anywhere near there.

I'm worried that, moving when we are, all the Kindergartens will be full up, and DD will have to hang around at home for months until the new school year starts, and then she'll forget all her german. She is just starting to speak a bit more now at her current Kiga too, after a year of silence.

WhatWouldVegansDo Fri 28-Sep-12 19:11:20

Ah, thanks, achey! smile

worldcitizen Fri 28-Sep-12 19:11:22

vegan that's great to hear, wonderful trait to have grin

Abi is short for Abitur (like A levels)

achillea Fri 28-Sep-12 19:12:00

Ooh fancy cakes! Hang on - I thought all German cakes were pretty fancy.

CheddarandMarmite Fri 28-Sep-12 19:13:50

Hello WWVD my DC1 is nearly 5 and my DC2 is 1. Nice to see there are some people who won't be too far away smile

WhatWouldVegansDo Fri 28-Sep-12 19:14:59

Thanks, world. I imagine you are the same, being a world citizen and all!

I don't really know, achillea, I don't eat cakes out! But this place looked pretty swanky.

WhatWouldVegansDo Fri 28-Sep-12 19:16:01

Hi, Cheddar! smile

worldcitizen Fri 28-Sep-12 19:25:57

It's not the exam you take at 16.

vegan unfortunately I am not really that way grin

worldcitizen Fri 28-Sep-12 19:27:48

vegan I imagine you could find vegan cake in Bornheim, right?!

AntiqueMuppet Fri 28-Sep-12 19:36:25

world I'm in Wiesbaden. I think you mentioned upthread that you lived here too for a while - how long were you here for?

Cheddar I'm on the other side of Frankfurt. My DS has just turned 1 too. Hope it works out with the Kindergarten. I keep hearing that you have to register your DC pretty much as soon as you give birth but a few friends of mine have found (albeit very last minute) places at their first choice Kigas for their DC. That's Wiesbaden though, I'm afraid I have no idea what the situation is in Hanau.

AntiqueMuppet Fri 28-Sep-12 19:37:36

Vegans It had never occurred to me that cakes might not be vegan. Doh! (But then I totally forgot and recommended the zoo to you, so am obviously a bit dull when it comes to these things grin )

WhatWouldVegansDo Fri 28-Sep-12 19:40:45

world, re cake, maybe. I haven't looked. I have no need of external cake: DS LOVES baking cakes, he'd bake every day if he could. DH and I can't eat enough to keep up! smile

WhatWouldVegansDo Fri 28-Sep-12 19:42:33

Antique, smile, bless! smile Most cakes use milk, eggs, butter. Very easy to make them without though.
We could have a welcome party for when Cheddar arrives - just not at the zoo! smile

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