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  1. My German citizenship ("Einbürgerung") process is on the last step, this mean that in next coming weeks I will receive a post to collect my "Urkunde", which I can then use to obtain my German passport and ID card.   The issue is that I have a planned and payed vacation (within EU) for the end of this month and I am not sure if the process will finish before that. All I have right now is my Aufenthaltstitel ("Niederlassungserlaubnis"). My passport has already been canceled by my home authorities because I cannot keep multiple nationalities.   I have 2 questions in this regards:   #1) In case I don't get my "Urkunde" before my planned vacations (within EU), can I just go ahead and travel on my Aufenthaltstitel alone? What is the worst that can happen? What law am I breaking? What is the penalty (if any) if I fail to provide my passport ("Reisepaas") upon request?   #2) If somehow I get my "Urkunde" before my planned vacations (within EU), can I travel (within EU) with this "Urkunde" alone? Because, the process of getting a passport might take another few weeks.   #3) Is there a way I don't have to cancel my paid and planned vacations (within EU)?   Any help would be highly appreciated? 
  2. We live in Berlin and our family all seem to be suffering from lack of exposure to nature! We want to buy a station wagon type car that we can use for family trips and camping. I've never owned a vehicle in Germany before and I'm not very familiar with running and maintenance costs between different brands. Back home in New Zealand, German-made cars were to be be avoided because of their complicated technology meaning high mechanic bills if something went wrong, versus Toyota or Nissan which were reliable or cheap to repair. But I imagine it's a different situation here.   Does anyone have any advice on which car brands represent the best value in terms of running costs, depreciation etc?   Or any station wagon models that can be had for a good price? Our budget to buy the car would be pretty low -2,500-5,000 euros.