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Old March 15th, 2006, 07:07 PM   #1
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Well as it turns out DCX wants to send my father to Stuttgart to DCX headquarters for a few years. We'd probebly end up selling my parents home since both my sister and I are both in college, and I'd consider spending a year abroad which would be definently a learning experience.

BUT my one thought, where would home be? I mean it's not like i've moved to a new home (moved twice when i was young) or not moved out to go off to college, there would no longer be a "home" here for me besides my apartment that i have now. Just is a weird feeling that i would no longer be able to return to the home from which i grew up in and associate as "home".

Of course i would be able to get in on some sweet german wheeling too , along with diesel varrients of Jeeps too , and of course kick ass beer that flows like water....... and least us not forget the AutoBahn


So who here has moved over seas before? Had family move over seas? What were your thoughts? What are your thoughts?





i'm off to Boarders to look at "Learn to speak german tapes"
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Old March 15th, 2006, 07:09 PM   #2
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Lea on here is the only one that I know of
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Old March 15th, 2006, 07:10 PM   #3
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My brother in law lives just outside of Stuttgart. He loves it and I doubt he will ever come back. I say give it a shot. You can always move back home if you do not like it. I spend a lot of time over there. It is cool. I would consider going over for a year ot two (I actually might take a year assignment in Frankfurt).
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Old March 15th, 2006, 07:44 PM   #4
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So who here has moved over seas before? Had family move over seas? What were your thoughts? What are your thoughts?

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Other than the stuff you mentioned my thoughts are hot german girls in drindle skirts (like the st.pauli girl) at octoberfest.
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Old March 15th, 2006, 08:13 PM   #5
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I lived in Germany for 18 months, it's kick ass. You will love it. Be careful of the Beer though, it will sneak up on you. You have to love a country that has a semi truck sized keg pull up to the beer tent for their festivals. They actually look like propane tankers, except they are full of beer, and they just plug the tap line into it...
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Old March 15th, 2006, 08:16 PM   #6
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I lived in Germany for 4 years.
Althought I was an Army pilot I lived in an apartment in Pirmasens, which is a small town near the border with France. It was interesting;
I was there from 1970-1974 so I am sure much as changed, but much remains the same.
You learn to really love your beer and wine at room temperature and your women with hairy legs.
I had my brand new 1972 Blazer there with me and occasionally took it off road within the borders of US Army bases near Kaiserslautern.
Off-roading is STRICTLY CONTROLLED. In effect all wooded areas are for walking, or what the Germans call "wandering". The property of the people is managed and controlled by someone like a range officer who knows every tree and bush in his control.
It is also interesting to be driving on the autobahn at 90 miles an hour and be passed by a Porsche going 130.
The economy at the time was such that $1 went from a value of about a $.45 to about $0.25....the cost of everything when you're being paid in $USD skyrocketed.
I flew to all US military and NATO bases all over Europe and spent extended vacations in Spain, England, Scotland, Luxembourg, and Holland.
If I were given the opportunity I would live in England/Scotland before Germany.
My preference is actually Australia...or Colorado.

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Cost of living there is higher than here. The value of the Euro is aroung $1.35 or so. My bro-in-law built his house, that is a rarity. Also, unemployment is pretty high there and going higher.

But I would still do it if you get the chance. Especially if you are studying.
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Old March 15th, 2006, 08:34 PM   #8
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I lived in Koblenz, Germany from Sept 97-May 99. It was cool. I was setup in an apartment for work; so it was a good deal for me.

Beer was good, food was good, travel was good. I'm glad I did it.
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Old March 15th, 2006, 09:27 PM   #9
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yup im from germany, moved to america to go to college (all by myself :cool: )

honestly i dont know what to tell ya... i love going back to germany to see my family but thats about it.... its not a bad country but its not where i want to be right now... i guess its hard to explain.
however, you will have fun, im sure of that. it helps to know a lil german although most of them can speak english. you also should take advantage of the train system because it does take you anywhere you want (trains tend to run late though). cost of living is not really that much different (1 euro= $1.20). beer is overrated...lol... AND its not served warm!
college students are pretty crazy, they like to party and drink alllll night long (bars dont close till the early morning hours)... what else... if you wanna go to college... its pretty much free...

thats all i can think of right now

if you have any questions about anything, just let me know
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sweet! thanks for the input guys, went to borders and read though a book for people that want to work or study abroad/relocate in Germany, found a lot of useful good information.
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yup im from germany, moved to america to go to college (all by myself :cool: )

honestly i dont know what to tell ya... i love going back to germany to see my family but thats about it.... its not a bad country but its not where i want to be right now... i guess its hard to explain.
however, you will have fun, im sure of that. it helps to know a lil german although most of them can speak english. you also should take advantage of the train system because it does take you anywhere you want (trains tend to run late though). cost of living is not really that much different (1 euro= $1.20). beer is overrated...lol... AND its not served warm!
college students are pretty crazy, they like to party and drink alllll night long (bars dont close till the early morning hours)... what else... if you wanna go to college... its pretty much free...

thats all i can think of right now

if you have any questions about anything, just let me know
How long have you been in the states lea? Welcome to the boards...

I want to spend a School term in Germany...not sue when or where I will be...
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Old March 16th, 2006, 12:23 PM   #12
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How long have you been in the states lea? Welcome to the boards...

I want to spend a School term in Germany...not sue when or where I will be...
every KU student i know that spent a term there they loved it, i even know 2 that went back after graduating.
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my ex is from there, she said it is similar to the US in the 50's and 60's as in that they dont have convenience stores, no 24 hour stores everything is closed by noon on saturday, sundays everything is closed. They use tablecloths (that was a big deal for her not to have them here) she hated the US because we didnt have any 'culture'

She never thought i could handle it, though different parts of Germany are much different, she was near Frankfurt.
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I never lived there, but have spent many weeks in Frankfurt and Stuttgart for work.

I always enjoy it. If my ties weren't so strong, I'd take a longer term assignment there.
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I was born there and lived there as a little kid. I loved it and have to say the Autobahn is fun. I have been back a couple times since then and it is always fun to go back. Everything is awesome. If I were to go back now it would be the first time I was legal to drink over there as I am only 19 but I know the food is great, the cars are awesome, and my parents say the beer is great. My dad won't drink most American beer anymore because it just isn't the same. I say go for it!
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Old March 16th, 2006, 02:09 PM   #16
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My Family tree is from Stuttgart, so it can't be that bad. Of coarse, there must be a reason why they would leave that to settle in SE Michigan.
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