Archive for September 2009

planning our move

Friday, 25. September 2009

Today we got the final confirmation: our cats are allowed in the new home!
And we got the draft of the lease agreement, and according our perception everything is in order.
Next step: signing the final contract on Monday

Still there are some unexpected issues:

I have managed to get a bank account, but we have no bank cards yet. But this is one of the prerequisites to sign a cell-phone contract.
Additionally doing our purchases via German credit card causes foreign-currency-fees. Seems I have to close huge ECM deals with the banks here to get my money back.

Got notified by Silk Company, that our duvets, pillows and linen are ready to collect – I guess I will wait until I can pay via my ZA account

free! – Heritage Day

Thursday, 24. September 2009

“Heritage Day, September 24, is a Public Holiday on which South Africans across the spectrum are encouraged to celebrate their cultural heritage and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions, in the wider context of a nation that belongs to all its people.” –

Shopping Centers and Malls are opened yet with one obvious difference: many clerks wear their traditional costume.
We profit from the fact having a day off and shops openedย  to look after everything we need to get settled.

We’ve been successful to that extend, that we could order the bed we learned to know while our wedding.
keep the fingers crossed, that it gets delivered to our new home by October 1st, otherwise we need to sleep on the floor.

BTW – for all our German friends:
As you know this year’s Germany’s National Holiday (Oct. 3rd) is on a Saturday, and next year on a Sunday – too bad for you.
Make use of your vote on Sunday, and vote for that party that will introduce South African legislation:
The Public Holidays Act (Act No 36 of 1994) determines whenever any public holiday falls on a Sunday, the Monday following on it shall be a public holiday.


car search

Sunday, 20. September 2009

The highlight of the car search was this nice car.

But it seems that there is some kind of problem with the brakes ๐Ÿ˜‰