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About BethAnnBitt

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  • Location Konstanz
  • Nationality American
  • Hometown New Orleans
  • Gender Female
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  • Interests Peace and Quiet 🙏🙏

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  1. Cyclists are 3rd class in Germany

    It sounds like the city needs to set hard and fast rules and enforce them.  Otherwise people just make up their own rules.  😏   After we got bikes in the fall of 2019 we spent 50€ for a 2 hour private lesson with a person from the local bike club.  It was well worth it.  He explained things, answered our questions, and accompanied us riding to various locations so that we could practice what we learned.  It really helped me to understand the signs.  If I ever get an eBike I will also take such a course.
  2. Capybara for a pet!

      Taking back their swampland in Nordelta, an upscale neighborhood in Buenos Aires.         
  3. Why are you happy today?

    In July I joined a local pop choir, a mix of about 40 Germans and Swiss, and they are all incredibly nice.  We sing mostly American pop songs, and a few British ones as well, because that’s what they like.  I’m the only native English speaker, with something valuable to contribute, and it’s really helping me improve my German (everything outside of the songs is in German off course).  Today we performed at the Landesgartenschau in Überlingen.  The weather and scenery were both absolutely gorgeous as we sang on a stage situated directly on the Bodensee.  My heart is now rather full with joy, a sense of accomplishment, and that good old fashioned "feeling of belonging“.  It was hard for me to get up the nerve to join this Verein, but I’m so happy that I did.  😀  
  4. Is it worth moving to a big city in the west?

    People in this region are very nice.  It’s quite normal for strangers to strike up conversations.  And I have made friends too and joined a few Vereins as well.  Glad we moved here to this gigantic nature park.  
  5. What's the issue with dual nationality?

    Exactly. I know a Greek/German dual citizen who grew up in Greece, went to university in Germany, and is now a permanent resident of the US.  I would trust him to think it through.
  6. American-German Dual Citizenship for Child

    Agreed.  They are applying for proof of US citizenship, since they don’t have a birth certificate issued from within the US.  I had to do that for my kids who were born in West Berlin.  
  7. American-German Dual Citizenship for Child

    FTFY.  If you don’t apply for proof then the burden is left to someone else.  For most cases that’s pretty simple, but in the more complex case of my grandchildren, referenced above, it was not.  And it would have been a worse nightmare for someone else to have done.  So I can see how some persons entitled to citizenship could not effectively use it.  BTW I don’t know of any Armenian who wouldn’t gladly trade some yearly IRS hassle for a Western citizenship/passport.  I know that you, of all people here, understand the dynamics and tradeoffs involved.
  8. American-German Dual Citizenship for Child

    Yes.  My son was born in 1985 in the US.  My two grandchildren, US citizens with US passports, were each born in Armenia, to him and his Armenian wife (not a US citizen).  He had to apply and verify all this for the 10 years.  Of course, after doing it for kid #1 (now 5) it was a no-brainer for kid #2 (now 2).  Everything was done at the US Embassy in Yerevan, where the family resides.  Hope this info helps the OP.
  9. BREXIT positives and negatives

    TOSOTA = „the other side of the argument“ -  read back to her original quote in the thread  @fraufruit is always having fun  😀
  10. Outdoor lighting - do solar lights really work?

    Where do you get such a thing?  I carry a flashlight, but your option seems better.
  11. What's the issue with dual nationality?

    If you’re a German citizen, born abroad, and your child is born abroad, then that rule seems to apply.  
  12. What's the issue with dual nationality?

    And I know of more than a few kids born and raised in the US, with just one German parent, who are not forced to choose.  
  13. What's the issue with dual nationality?

    If you didn’t have to renounce under the rules in place when you applied then you are home free.  
  14. What's the issue with dual nationality?

    I agree with @bramble that her German citizenship is likely gone.  And I also believe that maintaining close ties will make a difference in getting it back.  If you have a compelling story, as my husband does, and your German skills are strong, it makes a difference.  And of course, where you are applying, and who staffs the office, will be a factor too.