SpongeOver

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About SpongeOver

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  • Birthday 03/12/1991

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  • Location Brandenburg
  • Nationality South African
  • Hometown Port Elizabeth
  • Gender Female
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  1.   It's actually 1 year of living separate before being able to divorce. (One of the questions in the Einbürgerungstest that I have to learn for my exam later this year)
  2. What made you laugh today?

    My husband and I have found a very specific type of music in South Africa: Afrikaans singers who buy the rights to popular German songs and use it in SA.   I dunno, it's hilarious to see it, because they didn't change anything. Not the beat. Not the tune. Not the speed. Just popped their own lyrics into it and BAM massive hit in South Africa.
  3. Why are you happy today?

    There's snow on the ground and I got my TELC Deutsch B2 Certificate! Passed with flying colours too! Got an overall score of 280,5/300 (93.5%)   I was the most scared for talking, as I get terribly nervous talking for marks since my school days. Got 73/75 for that part! The letter, where I had written without reading properly, and only by pure luck, lightly touched on the points they wanted, I had gotten full marks! I guess, I surprised myself. :)
  4. What made you laugh today?

    The Potsdam Facebook group has made me snort though my nose more than once. Today: What could this be? 
  5. Introduce yourself

    Funny, a few weeks ago I found a South African living in Germany in Youtube and I thought how rare that was... and suddenly the old saffas seem to be everywhere!   Welcome! I had luck, that I met my husband here after moving to Germany, so never had too many problems with integrating and finding friends. After Corona settles, joining clubs could be a good way to do this.   Good luck!  
  6. Crazy political correctness in the UK

      The colourds are quite proud of their race and so are the blacks. But, you're right. It was that way when I left in 2018 as well. Perhaps worse than in 2011.
  7. Crazy political correctness in the UK

      From a South African: You cannot call a black person "coloured" in South Africa. Colourds are a whole race on their own. Not sure if they'd be too happy if you mix them up.  
  8. Recommendation for Joint Bank Account

    My husband (German) and I (non-German) have a joint account at Sparkasse. He already had an account there and it was so easy to just add me to it. But found the transition easy and effortless. Would recommend.
  9. Why are you happy today?

    As our countdown to move into our Doppelhaushälfte is slowly ticking away, we have effortlessly been able to extend our Übergabe to make the whole move easier and less stressful for us.   Today I also picked up my last Aufenthaltstitel (can start citizenship application next year October) and was once again pleasantly surprised out how efficient and friendly Potsdam Ausländerbehörde is!   I'm slowly starting to smell and taste single ingredients from time to time, and am just overall a happy chappy.
  10. Coronachat - vents, whines, flummoxes & miscellaneous

      Can confirm. I can smell absolutely nothing and taste absolute nothing, which sucks. But if something burns. It burns.    Every so now and again I catch a whiff of something, but then when I go for a second sniff, it's gone. So not sure if it was all in my head or not. (I really really miss being able to smell and taste!)   But could be different for others.
  11. The Vent - NO CHAT!!!

    How come you get so offended that I left SA? No, it doesn't mean that I think I'm better than SA, no it doesn't mean I look down on SA or that I am shitting on SA. I have never done that. I don't speak badly of SA. Stop taking it so personally that I left. I left for me, my goals, my dreams and my future. So SA wasn't a good fit for me to achieve that? That's fine. It doesn't make me a traitor. It doesn't make me an asshole. Don't read so much into it. Stop putting words into my mouth. And stop attacking me for it. 
  12. Coronachat - vents, whines, flummoxes & miscellaneous

    Yeah, last sunday evening I thought I was coming down with the flu. Went to the doctor on Tuesday due to just being down and out on Monday. Got my result on Thursday evening. Mostly just exhausted and a bit heavy. But nothing hectic. The brain fog and being able to sleep for 15 hours straight was a bit.. annoying. But I'm lucky.   Only having appetit problems now, cause I can't taste or smell anything. But the brain fog is gone! Feeling like I'm on the mend at least and my lungs have been MVPs. No coughing or breathing problems except slight tightness in the chest.   My experience has just been like the shittiest version of flu I've ever had. Looking forward to being 100% healthy again though.
  13. Coronachat - vents, whines, flummoxes & miscellaneous

    Corona rant: Found out on Friday that I have Corona. (flu-like Symptoms from Sunday evening) My Gesundheitsamt has been on the ball! Called quickly and gave us our instructions etc. (Quarantine for me and the hubby (he doesn't have it))   The people who I was in contact with (family) are in a different city, same Bundesland, and the rules and reactions from their doctors and Gesundheitsamt has been so different. It's crazy. Shouldn't they be treating and reacting to this the same? 30 minute drive and incubation period doesn't exist (sarcasm)? Just found it weird and a little worrisome.