Gibraltar: the European Vegas, the Sunny Britain, the Andalusian tax haven… : ]
Technically it’s not even winter yet, but the yearly daylight savings time adjustment in Germany always seems to coincide with plummeting temperatures and blanket sale season…
You say “never again”, but you can’t escape the circle of flight…
Stranded on a deserted island? A polyglot might come in handy.
What is Germany’s worst nightmare for both Germans and foreigners? Bürokratie. And who’s behind the insatiable bureaucratic monster? The Beamter.
To be honest, so far I’ve encountered a fair amount of decent government employees at the Ausländeramt (Immigration Office), the Bezirksamt (District Office) and even the Finanzamt (Tax and Revenue Office); but some months ago I started dealing with the LBV (the equivalent of the DMV) to have an American driver’s license transferred, and that’s when all the fun started. By fun I don’t necessarily mean the stack of official documents to be collected, but the fact that none of the many Beamte I’ve been dealing with seem to agree on the requirements and procedure for the transfer.
Also, I’ve started the series “the Anatomy of _______” to depict the different kinds of folks out and about. If you have cool ideas and want them cartoonized, leave a comment or send me an e-mail! : )
Mom is visiting! Everything had better be squeaky clean :B