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  • Location Stuttgart
  • Nationality Canadian
  • Hometown Peterborough
  • Gender Male
  • Year of birth 1979
  • Interests Lots of stuff, nature, everything plants, woodworking, car and home repair, badminton, cycling, squash, darts, road trips, hiking, films, reading....

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  1. Appropriate clothing for winter

    I live in Stuttgart, and we don't get real winter here, -20 C happened once in the 8 years I've been here.  It's mostly just unpleasantly cool around 3 - 10 C and damp and dark.  Mostly just layer up, get a good rain shell and wear sweaters underneath.  Wool winter jackets are more than adequate.  Down jackets are WAY overkill here, I have one I brought over from Canada and haven't worn it once.  Normal shoes are fine on 99% of the days here, but a sturdy set of hiking boots (real winter boots not at all necessary) will keep your feet warm and dry enough.    You'll notice the German kids all packaged up in full rain gear with toques, gloves and scarves from about Oct 1 onwards into spring, regardless of weather - I find this hilarious, it is so absolutely unnecessary.   You'll adjust fine, just make sure you take vitamin supplements, particularly vitamin D, the darkness more than anything will make you sick if you come from a warm country.     Welcome to Stuttgart, eventually you'll like it here - An acquaintance from Berlin put it well:  Love at third sight.         
  2. Children. Smartphone. What age?

      Glad you liked that!   I do actually, the oldest will be 12 in March, and most of her friends have smart phones.  She asked when she could have her own cell phone.  I told her I got my first cell phone when I was 23, so she'll get one when she's 23.  She hasn't asked again since, she is after all more than halfway there.   I find it funny that you find it funny, as though the idea of going without a smart phone is utterly inconceivable.  Just as a thought experiment, visualise life without one, it is indeed possible.  
  3. Children. Smartphone. What age?

    Because certain popular apps on smart phones are as addictive as gambling, a 'safe' age is 18, in the same way that gambling is 'safe' at that age. 
  4. Hi folks,   Just curious if anyone invests in the stock market on their own over an internet platform based here in Germany.  If so, how satisfied have you been, not necessarily with the performance of your stocks, basically a crap shoot anyways, but on the platform itself.  Things like ease of use, fees and the like.   There are so many options available when you do a Google search, it's hard to know where to begin.   Thanks!