replied to the thread Biking in and around Koln
on the Germany forum:
We are planning our move to Koln in about a year. We love to bike and wonder if we should bring ours or plan to buy there. Are there similar restrictions and licensing requirements as for cars? Will we encounter problems with repairs since our bikes have 27 inch tires? What about security? Is it reasonable to expect most apartments to have an indoor place to store the bikes? Thanks!
Thanks khoemmen2. We can't wait!
Germany is a biking paradise you will have no trouble at all. In the area of Cologne there are hundreds of bike stores including some who manufacture them.
2 of my favourites:
http://www.bike-discount.de/ (in Bonn)
Also, the city is set up for biking and wonderful tours can be found along the Rhein, in the Bergishes Land, Siebengebirge and the Eifel, and yes most apparments have a so called Fahrrad-Keller.
replied to the thread Apartment in hannover
on the Germany forum on November 19, 2014:
i wanna Apartment in hannover in mitte but i didn't found any thing i wanna website or office for asking?
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thank you very much
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Hello! Here are two websites. I am moving to the Brauschwieg area in Jan/Feb 15 and have used these to search for a house. Good luck!
I am moving my familily (husband and 3 children) to Germany this coming spring 2015. My company will not pay for international schooling therefore we are going to begin language tutoring locally for 3-4 months before our move. I'm interested in hearing about others that have enrolled their children in the public schools vs international school and how was the experience or learning curve?
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Thank you for your feedback. My children's ages are 12, 11 and 9. I have since learned that their are severl bilingual schools in the area so i feel they would be the best option to reduce the cultural shock and change in the school system. I travel to Germany a lot for business and although the area where we will live is not near a big city (2 hours from Berlin and 1 hour from Hannover) I feel it will be a nice area.
I think you need to give some info on ages to make a relevant comment. Younger kids will have an easier time. My son was 6 in the German school after having been in an international school and english speaking pre-school. And although he has a German mother, the first months are still challenging, probably more from the combination of culture shock and new system as much as from the language.
Also key is the surrounding area, we live in Cologne with a general understanding of foreigners (mostly from other EU countries) trying to integrate.
Do start the language training early and try to contact the schools in advance to see if you can get a teacher alignment that is favourable set up from the start.
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