New Job

I’ve been working as a freelancer for the past 6 weeks since my arrival in Germany and yesterday I decided to take a real job.  I made the 5-hour train ride all the way to Hamburg to meet the new boss and sign a contract and then rode all the way back.  So starting next month I am what the Germans call, an “Angestellter”, meaning that I am employed.  This makes a lot of things significantly easier, since it isn’t really a problem now to get a work visa, etc.

The apartment is coming along.  I finally got some furniture this past weekend and my clothes washer-dryer unit is pretty neat, as it is just one unit that washes AND dries my clothes.  Can’t complain about that.  I’ve obtained some dishes and made a few trips to the local Ikea store to get ideas about furniture.  I’ve got just about everything I need, except I still have no tables at all, no desk, no coffee table, nothing.  So for now my work consists of sitting on my couch with my laptop computer on my lap.

After waiting 3 weeks for my internet service to be connected and activated, I finally received a letter from the internet service provider saying that they cannot fulfill my requested service contract for some unknown reason, so it looks like I have to go with someone else for service.  It is kind of ridiculous that I have to wait so long for a DSL connection in this country.  The house is wired and everything.  They should be able to flip a switch and send me a bill.  I guess things just move slowly in this country.

That is all for now.

7 Comments

Jean PierreAugust 3rd, 2007 at 06:40

I have a small kitchen table, lots of plates, forks and knives (what’s the english translation for “Besteck”?) as well as other kitchen tools (a microwave!) in my apartment in Berlin.

I won’t need most of that anymore once I move in with V. again. Unfortunately that is in not until the end of October and I think you wouldn’t want to wait so long. But if you need anything, let me know!

But congratulations on your job! I’m really happy to see that things are working great for you! Did you have time to see a little bit of Hamburg? Although I only lived a 1.5hrs train ride away, I never made it there…

zachAugust 4th, 2007 at 02:22

don’t go with T-Online. I’ve heard good things from Alice DSL here in Saarbrücken

http://www.alice-dsl.de/index.html?vo_nr=SV.71.1000&pt_kennung=eprofessional

Good speeds and no contractual obligation

KarenAugust 4th, 2007 at 02:41

You sound like your dad…

Anyway, I love you and congratulations!

RogerAugust 6th, 2007 at 01:44

Getting all that set up sucks, I feel for you…
Just think, all the crap you are collecting now will need to be wrapped, put into boxes and transported when you up-size your flat.

Ignoring all that, welcome to Munich…

FredAugust 9th, 2007 at 11:08

Yeah Zach’s right, don’t go with T-Online. They are pretty bad rip-offs.

@Jean Pierre: Silverware :)

JabbaAugust 10th, 2007 at 00:30

Well, I went ahead and ordered O2 and have to wait about a month before I find out if it is going to work. We’ll see.. I’m losing confidence in the Internet system over here…

@Jean Pierre: I have most things I need already (your mom gave me a nice set of silverware), but I would take a microwave, since I don’t really use one enough to ever justify buying one, but it would be nice to have!

Jean PierreAugust 10th, 2007 at 06:39

Justin: it’s yours 😉

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