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About nina_glyndwr

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  • Location Düsseldorf
  • Nationality Welsh
  • Hometown Conwy/Llandudno area
  • Gender Female

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  1. How much is enough for retirement?

    How much do you need for retirement?    Don't you have to figure out how much you need per month to cover your needs, times that by 12 to get what you need per year and then times that by the number of years you think you will survive after the age you retire at?   As for investment in the stock market, I've decided to do my own thing and have invested in ETFs (exchange-traded funds). Anyway, in just over a year, some of them have increased between 6% and 8% on the low side to 15% to 18% on the higher side.    And I am heeding what Warren Buffett says - don't fiddle about with investments. Invest wisely and then hold. He reckons the best length of a holding period is forever.
  2. Do you like living in Germany?

      I've only recently found out that 'irritieren' has two meanings in Germany. One is 'to irritate', but the one I was familiar with was 'to confuse'. So maybe they find your German confusing rather than irritating.   Even after all these years, when I speak German and I am tired, I can barely express myself at all. They (the Germans I'm talking to) patiently wait to see if I can get my message across. They're probably very confused by my utterances.
  3. Expat Burnout

      I come from a village in North Wales that has nothing - absolutely nothing - going for it. Nothing for people - especially young people of school age - to do when I was growing up. It now has a multiplex cinema on the outskirts - which replaced about 4 cinemas in two other locations.   Anyway, I lived in London for 4 years after living in Germany for 6. I came back to Germany because for one thing, it was 1/3 of the price of London and D'dorf is much more compact. I spent hours in London just getting to places.   Even though I've been back for 20 years now, I'm still discovering all sorts of events here. And at much lower prices than in London - or even Wales (remember, even Wales is part of 'rip-off Britain'). All sorts of music tastes are catered for here - even obscure tastes. Lots more stuff for children, too (I don't have children myself).    Maybe you need to poke around more to see what is really happening in your area. Ask colleagues. They won't necessarily tell you what they do in their free time - you have to ask.
  4. Expat Burnout

    Can you not go on holiday somewhere? A break is always a good thing. Just a change of scenery will be a relief. Surely there must be some larger city not too far away? How about a bus company that organises short breaks - that way you won't have to worry about travel and finding a hotel. Just sit in the coach and they organise everything else.
  5. No 'Fack U Goethe' for Me?

    You should look into getting at least a minimum qualification.    I spent 6 years teaching in Germany on a freelance basis, then moved to London to satisfy my mum who wanted me to get a 'proper job'. Anyway, it took me a year to find a 'proper job' and during that time, I did a one-month CTEFLA course. I had to pay for it myself, but it's a useful qualification to have since - as you've probably found out - Germans like their qualifications.   One German friend of mine who also taught English here went on to do a similar course for teaching Business English. She did hers in - I think - two weeks in Berlin.   If you are serious about it, you should do at least one of these minimum qualifications on top of your degree.   I don't have a car, by the way, so when I taught in D'dorf, I nearly always only accepted teaching jobs in companies that I could walk to. Up to 4 km away (40 minutes of walking - one way of keeping fit). I only accepted something in Ratingen when that was at least 2 lessons of 90-minutes back to back.   But if you want to get into teaching, get some idea of teaching. 
  6. Brexit abuse

    Hi Scot,   Like you, I find it frustrating that my qualifications aren't really respected here in Germany. Then again, I suppose that they don't really qualify me to do anything, apart from the German translation qualification acquired from the local chamber of commerce. They respect German qualifications.   I've not heard of such subservience before. It sounds awful.   I think that you are basically in the wrong area of Germany for someone who is more international. A lot of people are very parochial. And that's not just true of Germany. I come from the same area of Wales as Jeremy and my Brexit-voting relatives barely leave their area and are worried about foreigners taking away their jobs - which all depend on their ability to speak Welsh. (How many foreigners do you know who can speak fluent Welsh?) Anyway, narrow-mindedness and the 'this is the way we've always done things' attitude is not limited to Germany.   You and your wife should look into moving to a larger town. I am in Dusseldorf and that is a pretty good place to be British in. There are lots of events here that are in English. There is the English library. Films shown in English - even National Theatre broadcasts, so you can see plays from the UK in the comfort of your cinema seat. And lots of people here speak English - there is a growing Indian population here now, too. Even some Indian restaurants and shops where you can buy your ingredients for curry (including jars of Patak's curry sauce).   And D'dorf is pretty compact and you can be out in the countryside fast. And even  the Netherlands is just half an hour away by fast car (a bit longer by train). And there are loads of walking groups that will show you the varied countryside east of D'dorf.   Your wife should investigate the possibility of working in D'dorf or near here. You would then be more likely to get employment with an international company rather than a German one.