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  • Location Stuttgart
  • Nationality british and german
  1. Rude receptionist at Doctor's office

    This has been an ongoing thing since I've been in Germany, 36 years now.  I think a lot has changed over the years. Germans are not as rude as  they were back in the 80s. Shopkeepers have found that a bit of helpful kindness to customers sells more goods. I have changed too, now I speak fluent German and am more self confident. If need be, I can dish it out  back to them when they are rude to me - in no uncertain terms.  I've probably also become more tolerant of behaviour and words that a  newcomer from the UK or US would find rude. Somehow it's part of the  culture in Germany to be "up front" and viciously honest.  There have been countless discussions with friends and acquaintances  from the UK on this topic over the years and I can only say: try  not to take it personally - but also stand your ground and command  respect!  
  2. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    I had one of those too, exactly as in the picture. I had to give it back when they gave  me the certificate of citizenship (Einbürgerungsurkunde).  I've been in Germany  since 1983 and had the "unbefristete Aufenthaltserlaubnis" since about 1989.  
  3. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    OK, this was ages ago, I had to look in my files. I submitted all the documents and my application  on the 14th of March 2005 and my dual citizenship was granted on the 8th of April 2005, so it took just over three weeks. Back then there was no citizenship test, but everything else was much the  same as today. That was in Tübingen (Baden-Württemberg), where I lived at the time.  By the way: I have been self-employed since the early 90s. They accepted a letter of  confirmation for my private health insurance, no further questions asked.   
  4. Best options for new central heating system

    I don't have first-hand experience with a pelletofen, but mother-in-law had her heating system completely  replaced with a pellet burner in the cellar about four years ago. I must admit that I was a bit sceptical at  the beginning, but now I'm really quite impressed. It is fully automatic - just what she needed. She can set all the heating times and days on the display as needed. The only noise it makes is every day at 18:00 when the vacuum pump gets another load of pellets from the reservoir, which takes 5 to 10  minutes - the time can be changed. Otherwise completely silent. The ashes are automatically put into  a bin which has to be emptied about twice a year. The pellet reservoir has several cubic metres of  pellets, I think it has only been refilled twice in the four years. It just does it's thing and the house  is warm in the winter.