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Germany: Ten months, no money. What to do?

Germany: Ten months, no money. What to do?

Old Feb 9th 2007, 2:14 am
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Volker Hetzer
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HeiligeGlut schrieb:
> When I say "they will pay me 750 a month," I mean that the program I
> am doing this through (I applied through the Fulbright Commission, and
> I believe my German overseer is the Paedagogischer Austauschdienst)
> will be providing me with a 750/month stipend (plus air fare and the
> apparently-mandatory health insurance on top of the 750).
Have you asked the "Paedagogischer Austauschdienst" already?
They should be able to put your mind at rest regarding the work
permission.
Their contact section is broken, but from the impressum
I got [email protected] and their phone number appears to be +49 228 5010.

Lots of Greetings!
Volker
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Old Feb 9th 2007, 6:39 am
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HeiligeGlut
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On Feb 9, 6:16 am, "Zubenelgenubi" <[email protected]> wrote:
> Nothing you say adds up. Du bist ein troll. Zieh Leine Arschgeige!

Look, I asked you to contact me privately if you wanted to discuss
things further. Please quit taking this thread off-topic with
pointless and unfounded insults - I'm not going to respond to you
again on here. E-mail me (welleah at gmail) if you want to talk
politics. Otherwise, I'm just going to ignore you.

I haven't asked the Austauschdienst - didn't even think of it. Thanks
for the excellent (and very obvious, now that I think about it :-P)
idea.

Leah
 
Old Feb 9th 2007, 7:42 am
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Martin Bienwald
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HeiligeGlut wrote:

> I have very broad interests. Mmm, wild nightlife doesn't really
> interest me, and I won't have any money for shopping (I'd rather spend
> any excess I manage on travelling around as much as possible), but
> other than that, I'm really curious about practically anything.

Do you already have an idea in which region you're going to be? (You said
something about "probably in the East" - didn't they tell you more yet?)

Anyway, I'd think I'd visit Berlin and Dresden (as rather big cities).
Interesting smaller places in the East include Erfurt, Goerlitz, Quedlinburg,
Stralsund and Wismar. This list is incomplete, of course.

Further in the west, you might want to see Lueneburg, Celle, Goslar,
Oldenburg, Bremen, Muenster, the Rhine and Mosel valleys, Trier,
Koblenz, Wuerzburg, Bamberg, Nuernberg, Heidelberg, Tuebingen, Freiburg.
All of them have interesting old towns (and are living places, not
museums disguised as a town like Rothenburg). For modern architecture,
Berlin (again), Hamburg, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Dessau come to mind.
Most of the bigger places also have some interesting museums.

If you like old industrial architecture, there are some good examples
to be found in the Rhine-Ruhr area (Duisburg, Oberhausen, Gelsenkirchen ...).

To find information on a place, it's a good idea to try www.<placename>.de
- this leads (in most cases) to the official website of the place, which
usually provides some links to tourist information sites.

Add a few tours across the border - Basel, Zuerich, Salzburg, Prague,
Amsterdam, ...

Consider buying an inexpensive (second-hand) bicycle and going on bike
tours (on your own or joining a group) if that appeals to you. It's a
nice way to get to know your region. You can take bikes on all regional
trains for a nominal fee (sometimes even free of charge), so by combining
train and bike you'll be able to see some of the countryside a little
further off. The ADFC (German bicyclists' club) publishes good bike maps
which should be available in book shops and bike shops.

I'm not that much into sports, so I can't help you much there.

... Martin
 
Old Feb 9th 2007, 9:48 am
  #34  
Zubenelgenubi
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You aren't going any closer to Germany than the keyboard of your
computer. You got a degree in German? German what? Your tale has too
many holes. The Fulbright Institute told you a "billlion things"? Your
English grammer is so poor you couldn't possibly have attended
college, What's more you don't speak any more German than I do which
is ZERO. No lady you ain't nothin' but a troll.
You have a nice day.
 
Old Feb 9th 2007, 10:07 am
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Padraig Breathnach
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"Zubenelgenubi" <[email protected]> wrote:

>You aren't going any closer to Germany than the keyboard of your
>computer. You got a degree in German? German what? Your tale has too
>many holes. The Fulbright Institute told you a "billlion things"? Your
>English grammer is so poor you couldn't possibly have attended
>college, What's more you don't speak any more German than I do which
>is ZERO. No lady you ain't nothin' but a troll.
>You have a nice day.

I think she got under your skin. Good for her. It suggests to me that
she might do well in Europe.

I don't think she uses "English grammer".

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Old Feb 9th 2007, 10:14 am
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HeiligeGlut
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On Feb 9, 3:42 pm, Martin Bienwald <[email protected]> wrote:
> HeiligeGlut wrote:
> > I have very broad interests. Mmm, wild nightlife doesn't really
> > interest me, and I won't have any money for shopping (I'd rather spend
> > any excess I manage on travelling around as much as possible), but
> > other than that, I'm really curious about practically anything.
>
> Do you already have an idea in which region you're going to be? (You said
> something about "probably in the East" - didn't they tell you more yet?)
>
> Anyway, I'd think I'd visit Berlin and Dresden (as rather big cities).
> Interesting smaller places in the East include Erfurt, Goerlitz, Quedlinburg,
> Stralsund and Wismar. This list is incomplete, of course.
>
> Further in the west, you might want to see Lueneburg, Celle, Goslar,
> Oldenburg, Bremen, Muenster, the Rhine and Mosel valleys, Trier,
> Koblenz, Wuerzburg, Bamberg, Nuernberg, Heidelberg, Tuebingen, Freiburg.
> All of them have interesting old towns (and are living places, not
> museums disguised as a town like Rothenburg). For modern architecture,
> Berlin (again), Hamburg, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Dessau come to mind.
> Most of the bigger places also have some interesting museums.
>
> If you like old industrial architecture, there are some good examples
> to be found in the Rhine-Ruhr area (Duisburg, Oberhausen, Gelsenkirchen ...).
>
> To find information on a place, it's a good idea to try www.<placename>.de
> - this leads (in most cases) to the official website of the place, which
> usually provides some links to tourist information sites.
>
> Add a few tours across the border - Basel, Zuerich, Salzburg, Prague,
> Amsterdam, ...
>
> Consider buying an inexpensive (second-hand) bicycle and going on bike
> tours (on your own or joining a group) if that appeals to you. It's a
> nice way to get to know your region. You can take bikes on all regional
> trains for a nominal fee (sometimes even free of charge), so by combining
> train and bike you'll be able to see some of the countryside a little
> further off. The ADFC (German bicyclists' club) publishes good bike maps
> which should be available in book shops and bike shops.
>
> I'm not that much into sports, so I can't help you much there.
>
> ... Martin

Dresden looks really cool. The link someone gave me earlier to the
Green Vault has been entrancing me... I've definitely also been
considering getting a bike. I like biking around where I live now, so
using it as a cheap tour method in Germany definitely appeals to me.
Thanks for giving me the name of the bicyclists' club - the maps sound
like a good idea.

I won't know where they'll place me yet - I won't get the final
assignment until sometime in June. I had to submit to them three
Laender that I'd prefer to be assigned in (I chose Sachsen,
Thueringen, and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, since I have a preference for
the east), but they'll pick a school to assign me to, and someone from
the school will help me find an apartment.
 
Old Feb 9th 2007, 10:24 am
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Dgs
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HeiligeGlut wrote:

> On Feb 9, 6:16 am, "Zubenelgenubi" <[email protected]> wrote:
>
>>Nothing you say adds up. Du bist ein troll. Zieh Leine Arschgeige!
>
> Look, I asked you to contact me privately if you wanted to discuss
> things further. [...]

I see you've not encountered this idiot before. The assclown's
real name is Stephen Bach, he posts under various sockpuppet aliases,
he forges other people's names to his posts, and he's a snarling,
psychotic idiot.

Don't initiate private contact of any kind with this asshole loser.
Bach doesn't "argue" politics; he posts cut-n-paste junk from other
places (usually without attributions, so yeah, he's a thief as well),
and attempts at discussion are dead ends, since all Idiot-boi Bach
can do is snarl and posture and call names.

Killfile Idiot-boi Bach and be done with it.
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Old Feb 9th 2007, 6:16 pm
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Zubenelgenubi
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You don't "think" she uses English grammer Padrag Badbreath? think
about it and get back to me;
evleth @wanadoo.fr
 
Old Feb 10th 2007, 6:21 am
  #39  
Sarah Banick
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"HeiligeGlut" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected] oups.com...
> On Feb 8, 11:54 am, "Zubenelgenubi" <[email protected]> wrote:
>> You said you were working 12 hours a week for a school in Germany. How
>> can you do that without a work permit?
>
> It's a program through the Fulbright institute - they haven't
> mentioned a thing about needing a work permit (and they've mentioned a
> billion other things I need, so I figure if I needed one they'd say
> something). I'm not being hired directly by the school (it's all done
> through the program), so I don't think I'd be able to make more money
> by working more there either, though I'll certainly ask when I get
> over there. To answer another poster's question, I graduated college
> last year and haven't applied to grad schools yet, so I don't think
> I'm technically a student, though I believe I'm young enough (21) to
> qualify for youth rates on things that offer those rather than student
> rates. And in reply to the same poster, questions about Bush
> shouldn't be a problem: I have strong feelings regarding that
> myself. ;-) Can't wait until the 2008 elections...
>
> Thank you to all who've replied - this is really helpful. Freelance
> translation or one-on-one lessons sound like they could be really
> useful, if I could get into them. Any more advice (on that or
> anything) is much appreciated!
>
> Leah
>

Leah, if you are on a Fulbright Institute program, and you are probably
going to grad school, consider yourself a student. You may not "technically"
be one, but you are one in the spirit of the concept. You are studying
German and gaining more experience by teaching for far less money than you
are really worth. You're not on vacation; you are definitely in student
mode. I wouldn't fight anybody about it if they insist you must be in
school, but 99 percent of the time they'll simply ask you and not go into
technicalities. Take your college id with you.

I'm sure you're going to have an amazing experience!

Sarah
 
Old Feb 10th 2007, 8:22 am
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On 9 Feb 2007 23:16:30 -0800, "Zubenelgenubi"
<[email protected]> wrote:

>You don't "think" she uses English grammer Padrag Badbreath? think
>about it and get back to me;
>evleth @wanadoo.fr

Or even English grammar, for that matter.

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Old Feb 10th 2007, 8:26 am
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-Magda
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On Sat, 10 Feb 2007 14:22:00 -0700, in rec.travel.europe, Hatunen <[email protected]>
arranged some electrons, so they looked like this:

... On 9 Feb 2007 23:16:30 -0800, "Zubenelgenubi"
... <[email protected]> wrote:
...
... >You don't "think" she uses English grammer Padrag Badbreath? think
... >about it and get back to me;
... >evleth @wanadoo.fr
...
... Or even English grammar, for that matter.

That taxi for fleas is still around?!
 
Old Feb 10th 2007, 7:11 pm
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"Hatunen" <[email protected]> kirjoitti
viestiss�:[email protected] om...
> On 9 Feb 2007 23:16:30 -0800, "Zubenelgenubi"
> <[email protected]> wrote:
>
>>You don't "think" she uses English grammer Padrag Badbreath? think
>>about it and get back to me;
>>evleth @wanadoo.fr
>
> Or even English grammar, for that matter.
>
Perhaps she uses Kelsey Grammer. I just saw Peter Weird's movie of Witness
(1985) in which an Amish community serves as a background. They tend to call
everyone non-Amish around as "English".
 
Old Feb 13th 2007, 7:17 am
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In article <[email protected] .com>,
"HeiligeGlut" <[email protected]> wrote:

> How much is it going to cost me to live?
That's going to be dependent on a wide variety of variables. A room
where you had at least shared access to a kitchen would save you a lot
of money right there, for instance.

> What's the cheapest way to travel around? Are Eurail passes worth
> it?
Eurail passes are almost never worth what they charge. There are a
number of good deals available for travel within Germany from the German
rail system, and you'll be there long enough to make use of one or
another.
Also, if you want to travel and stay overnight somewhere, the German
youth hostel system is very extensive and a lot more comfortable than it
used to be when I was first doing it 8-) Some of them are in former
castles!

> How hard is it to pick up a couple of hours a week working somewhere
> to make some extra cash? I hear it's really hard to get working
> papers in Germany if you're not German - will I be in big trouble if I
> work illegally?
Not if you don't get caught 8-) I was a student over there and
stayed a semester beyond my fellowship by working, part of the time in a
MacDonald's. I had to get an amendment to my student visa, which wasn't
so much "really hard" as just plain a lot of red tape. Jump through the
right hoops and it's a lot safer than working "black".
>
> Essentially, I've got ten months in Germany and a VERY limited
> budget. Any advice would be appreciated.

I managed some travel while I was studying there, and my budget was also
VERY limited. Even managed to buy a few books(one of my major vices)

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Old Feb 13th 2007, 7:23 am
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Erilar
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In article <[email protected] .com>,
"HeiligeGlut" <[email protected]> wrote:

> I've definitely also been
> considering getting a bike. I like biking around where I live now, so
> using it as a cheap tour method in Germany definitely appeals to me.
> Thanks for giving me the name of the bicyclists' club - the maps sound
> like a good idea.

You can also rent bikes. I know it used to be possible to rent them at
some train stations, combining rail and bike travel.

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Es ist nichts schrecklicher als eine tÀtige Unwissenheit.

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

(There's nothing worse than ignorance in action.)

Erilar's Cave Annex: http://www.airstreamcomm.net/~erilarlo
 
Old Feb 14th 2007, 8:09 pm
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Martin Bienwald
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erilar wrote:
> In article <[email protected] .com>,
> "HeiligeGlut" <[email protected]> wrote:
>
>> I've definitely also been
>> considering getting a bike. I like biking around where I live now, so
>> using it as a cheap tour method in Germany definitely appeals to me.
>> Thanks for giving me the name of the bicyclists' club - the maps sound
>> like a good idea.
>
> You can also rent bikes. I know it used to be possible to rent them at
> some train stations, combining rail and bike travel.

The number of train stations offering rental bikes has somewhat declined
over the last years. Of course, many bike stores also offer rental bikes.

However, renting bikes over and over again for ten months would cost a lot
more than just buying a cheap one.

... Martin
 

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