Why are you happy today?

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And, basically, RedMidge , it is an example of standing up for your beliefs. If you love your belief, carry on.

We will make mistakes. Ok, so what? That is part of life.  Karma and stuff.

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The chickpeas soak. I knew I still have tahini in the kitchen. But where. I was about to give up after turning everything upside down in the kitchen. But ha! I'm not totally lost after all.
Tomorrow I'll have hummus for a late breakfast!

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Two more traumatised puppies found in the rubbish container yesterday in our area of Crete.

I'm only happy because they're in good hands now- otherwise, I'd be incensed.

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32 minutes ago, john g. said:

Two more traumatised puppies found in the rubbish container yesterday in our area of Crete.

I'm only happy because they're in good hands now- otherwise, I'd be incensed.

I am still incensed that people abandon any animals, and thankful for all these rescue centres.

 

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Many reasons to be happy! The beard trim at the Turkish barber yesterday, Pickford's great save, the bit of paper at the Auslaenderamt in Harburg this morning... Bescheinigung... vorlauefiger Aufenthaltstitel bis zum 30.08.2021... then I can come at 8.50 am and pick up my permanent residence card!👍👍

Yeah!!!!!!!! 

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2 hours ago, john g. said:

Many reasons to be happy! The beard trim at the Turkish barber yesterday, Pickford's great save, the bit of paper at the Auslaenderamt in Harburg this morning... Bescheinigung... vorlauefiger Aufenthaltstitel bis zum 30.08.2021... then I can come at 8.50 am and pick up my permanent residence card!👍👍

Yeah!!!!!!!! 

 

I would have been in the Hamburger Auslaenderamt just after you today. The Wandsbek Bezirksamt that is.  I have to say, in all the years of having dealings with various public authorities and bureaucracies, this has to go down as one of the most efficient and pleasant experiences. Appointment at 10.30, I arrive at 10.28 and get directed straight through to the relevant counter, where the Beamtin ALREADY has my papers on the desk in front of her awaiting my visit. A couple of quick checks and I had my Aufenthaltstitel in less than 2 minutes.

 

I just wanted to check up with her that it was the correct version, as I believe the GB version, is different to others in that it relies entirely on the terms of the Brexit Agreement. Although it doesn't say GB on the card, the Beamtin said it did on her screen, so I will assume its the right one. 

 

I don't know if I've just been lucky, but having a courteous, friendly and efficient experience with an Auslaenderamt, is good for the soul!  

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Same here, alex! Helpful security bloke at the entrance, helpful, smiling  lady who informed me three times which was the right glass door to open and walk through, helpful elderly Turkish-speaking man upstairs to answer questions, including escorting me to the men's!😂

( I tend to open the wrong door!). 

Also another helpful, friendly German lady who showed me I was putting in the card in the wrong place in the cash machine to pay my 37 euros fee for the Aufenthaltstitel! 

And the WC was spotless. I realise this may sound a strange comment but 7 years living in Greece....

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11 minutes ago, john g. said:

Same here, alex! Helpful security bloke at the entrance, helpful, smiling  lady who informed me three times which was the right glass door to open and walk through, helpful elderly Turkish-speaking man upstairs to answer questions, including escorting me to the men's!😂

( I tend to open the wrong door!). 

Also another helpful, friendly German lady who showed me I was putting in the card in the wrong place in the cash machine to pay my 37 euros fee for the Aufenthaltstitel! 

And the WC was spotless. I realise this may sound a strange comment but 7 years living in Greece...

 

Hi John, I see from the other thread you were in Harburg Bezirksamt.  

 

Its just, I can't ever remember spontaneously praising a group of bureaucrats in a dedicated post!  Generally I think we've been well catered for here, especially reading some of the stories coming out of the UK at the moment with EU residents struggling to get seen to before today's deadline. I understand, whoever you get alloted to, is somewhat a roll of the dice, but I can't help thinking there is some systemic problem in the UK.  

 

It sounds like you are where I was a month ago, just getting your interview. I thought they might have posted the Aufentaltskarte through, but I suppose that would have been less watertight from a security point of view.  Anyway,  I have my Daueraufenthaltskarte so I can relax a bit.  

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Yes, alex , it was my first interview and I handed over all the paperwork they wanted- eg tax statement, letter from Steuerberater with income the past three months, proof of Gewerbe, photo, old Anmeldung.

They asked if I had a Mietvertrag - just told them  " no ,I'm moving😂" and they were fine with that.

Waited another half hour, paid the fee, had my finger prints taken and given a Bescheinigung to tide me over till Aug 31st, when I can pick up the card.

 

It was all very relaxed.

PS: the greatest of all ironies. I had all the paperwork re my health insurance with me but forgot to take it out of my bag and they didn't ask for it!😂

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🇦🇲 has been added to the list of travel free restriction countries that can visit the EU.  So my kids are coming!  🙏🥳 🎊

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My cat’s heart is ok! This is a very pleasant surprise and means he is well enough to have the operation he needs, at which point he should be a properly healthy kitty for the first time in what I expect to be several years.

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A perfect early start to the day and I am happy to have made it this far!😂👍 
It got better in the rain later and the non-existent sunset will not upset me.

Many reasons to be happy today! 

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11 hours ago, john g. said:

Many reasons to be happy today!

 

You don't look too happy in that photo.  But at least you have caught up with me again.

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😂HEM! It was about 7 am and on the first coffee!!👍

It ended up beautifully at the Lindtner in Heimfeld  in the garden, soft rain but with the protection of three umbrellas and the food was excellent.

And Happy Belated to you!👍

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I am happy because I returned to Crete a week earlier than originally planned and my puppy Mandy is fine. I had been worried after a friend looking after her had said she had a serious wound from a cat attack. But she is fine.

Also worried about the four cats. 2 were around - fine. The other two?

Molly turned up this afternoon, bleating and hungry. I feel she was also trying to make a statement about her sister Robin. Help her! Or where is she?

Robin turned up half an hour ago. 

Happy❤️👍

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