ow is the move going?
Ehhhh it's going. Our landlord is making us paint before we leave. This seems rather unfair as it was not painted before we moved in. In the US a professional cleaning and painting between tenants is generally considered standard and the responsibility of the landlord (this varies by state of course) but here tenants must provide this as slave labor for landlords while also paying them rent. I can't wrap my head around it. On top of that my landlord has been engaging in some other behavior I don't find appropriate so that makes me even less fond of spending most of my last days in Heidelberg painting around windowsills and scrubbing between the ridges of the radiators. For those about to suggest the Mietverein, we talked to them and the lease stands because it is worded vaguely enough.
The packers/movers arrive tomorrow sometime between 10 and 12...a little vague. I'm not sure what they'll think about our place. Nearly all of our furniture was sold or given away, meaning anything stored in said furniture is all over the floor in piles. Does that make it easier or harder? ;)
Closing things down has gone okay. O2 was the worst because at the time we signed our contract we understood it to be month-to-month with a three-month notice necessary to cancel, but it turned out it wasn't and we have to pay fees almost equivalent to our monthly bill each month until the contract ends. We also have to mail their modem back to them which is another really annoying task to be shoved into our last day here. Sparkasse was not too bad - someone sat with us and went over all our accounts and insurances individually with us to give us our options. Unregistering with the city was not bad. Many places need evidence of this unregistration - for example, the GEZ (TV tax people) - in order to actually cancel things.
Mail forwarding could be ugly. When we moved across town in 2006, they failed to forward about half our mail. Between that and the fact that they could not accept our UK address in the proper format, I'm hoping that nothing important will end up addressed to our German address! We may never see it.
No idea how setting things up in the UK will be yet!
What are you going to miss most/least about Heidelberg?
1. My friends. The people I know here are among the best I've known anywhere. I'm glad that it's easy nowadays to keep up online, but it's not the same.
2. Quiz at the Brass Monkey. A comforting weekly ritual. :)
3. Eis at Schmelzpunkt. In general, Eis here...Germans are pretty into it so there are a lot of options and it's done well.
4. Falafel (the restaurant near the Jesuitenkirche). So delicious, so appropriately priced, such a pretty room.
5. The views. I have definitely come to take it for granted. Let's face it, Birmingham is only marginally prettier than your average American city. Heidelberg is gorgeous.
1. My apartment. UGH, I can't believe how long we've stayed in this cave. It should be condemned.
2. My landlord and German tenancy in general. As I mentioned in the previous section of my post, I think the system here is nuts.
3. Conservativeness. Heidelberg is pretty bland. Not a lot of restaurant variety. Everything too expensive.
4. German. I love it in theory, I hate it at the doctor's office.
5. My apartment. GOD I HATE THIS APARTMENT.
This is just where D got a job. There was no concerted effort to move to the UK. The job search was limited to German- and English-speaking countries in Europe or North America. If anything the US seemed most likely just due to sheer size, but...it's England. There you go! I think it's pretty exciting, but I'm aware that there could be a lot of sucky aspects and it's not going to be all some little Anglophile fantasy. Still...you can be near Europe and have everything be in English? That's cool! Also, the BBC. Sticky toffee pudding, people. Sticky toffee pudding.