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German products at Meijer's

I was a little worried about being able to find some of the foods I *need*. Then we went grocery shopping for the first time at a local Meijer. And there it was! A section with German food items, about 10 feet wide.

They carry:

  • Dallmayr und Tchibo Kaffee
  • Dr. Oetker Backmischungen
  • Knorr Gulaschfix
  • Pfanni Knödel
  • Puddingpulvertütchen
  • Ritter Sport Schokolade, verschiedene Sorten
  • Schwartau Extra Konfitüre
  • Winsenia Nuss-Nougat-Brotaufstrich
  • verschiedene Heringsfilets in Soßen (Dosenfutter)
  • 6 Sorten Feldkamp Vollkornbrot
  • Sauerkraut
  • Blaukraut
  • Spätzle und andere Nudeln
  • Altmeister Essig
  • Gerolsteiner und Appolinaris Mineralwasser
  • Essiggurken von Hengstenberg
  • und noch einige andere Kleinigkeiten

So far it looks like I will only need Müsli, which I will order from GermanDeli.


Tom works freelance now

The biggest worry on our minds had been that neither of us has a job yet when we move. Of course there's the money I got from selling the apartment, but we want to spend that on our new home in Indiana, not on living expenses.

Well, the job problem is solved!

Thanks to the internet (our best friend from the start) Tom will be working freelance for the same company he has been with for the past years in Germany. He will connect to their mainframe computer network from our DSL at home, using a smartcard and VPN to send/receive data encrypted and secured.


Sign up for phone and DSL

Tom got us signed up for phone service and high bandwidth DSL services with Verizon.

Was a little tough to get past their automatic call-center robot, and talk to a real person. And then that person managed to mess up on the DSL part of the transaction. Tom got a confirmation e-mail with a totally different last name on it ?? And he had to talk to that old robot again, then to three different people, to finally get his own last name on file with them.

Our first big savings, compared to the cost of this in Germany: we'll pay around $55 a month for phone and DSL, as opposed to over €110.


Rent a Townhouse in Huntertown

It's not easy to find a place to live, even just temporarily, without being in the area. Things get even more complicated, when you are 5,000 miles away and in a different time zone, 6 hours ahead. And then the place has to be within a certain school district, it needs to be available for rent, it has to be big enough for four people.

medium_huntertown.jpgThanks to the internet, which helped Tom and me find each other, we were able to locate the perfect townhouse for rent in Huntertown. We wired money from my German bank account to Tom's US bank account, to cover the deposit and the first two months of rent. Then we emailed an application form to the landlord. We were aproved! Starting December 1st 2005 we have an address in the USA, even though we won't be living there until January 10th 2006.

Tom's mom cut a check, Scott took it to the office. We are very lucky to have people in the area, to help us with these details. Otherwise Tom would have had to leave early, to organize the USA part of our move - and I would have to organize all the Germany part of the move alone in Germany.