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.