Progress…dead slow, but not dead

Andy was finally able to pick up his German passport today. Sheesh, four weeks overdue which is practically an eternity in German terms! Due to Corona crazies the embassy was unable to offer its usual range of services, and so we waited… Great. No seriously, we are extremely excited about this. Now that we have…

Bat Shit Crazy

Just about the whole world is on lock down with the Corona virus. No one is going anywhere for the time being. It is what it is. We’re only planning for mid July, so hopefully this will all have blown over by then, but maybe it won’t. Out of our hands though, so we’ll just…

Ducks Lining Up

Happy days! We finally have the last of our Home Affairs documents, and yesterday we went to the German Embassy to apply for Andy’s passport renewal. In 8 weeks we can apply for our EEA family permits once we have that, and then we’re good to go. Hop on a plane and start a new…

Blink,and you’ll miss it

So…part of our “master plan” for this adventure was that a few months before we flew the coop we’d move in with my folks and sell off our furniture. The initial timeline put that at about June, since we wanted to leave by September. We were still kind of contemplating how we would break the…

Document Update

It’s probably not the most exciting thing you’ve ever read, but getting stupid documents together is unfortunately a very big part of emigrating. Grrr… If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll see we’re sort of “zipping” through this list, if you define zipping in months instead of years. Anyhoo, we are running about 6 months ahead…

The stars are aligning! Marvelous

So today we got the fantastic news that Noodle’s surname change has come though, next week we can apply for her changed birth certificate! This is fantastic news, and about two months ahead of when we thought we might get it, if all went according to plan, which when Home Affairs is involved is rarely…

Still chipping away at that list

I know I’ve been quiet, but we have not forgotten or changed our minds. It has been very busy on all fronts, so I’ve been shitty with updates here – sorry. Since we spoke last, I have been hit with an unwelcome retrenchment. Sadly quite typical of how things are going around here at the…

Red tape is probably made up of 80% paperwork

Man…there are A LOT of documents required for this adventure! We started gathering things in February, 6 months ago, and it feels like we’ve hardly made a proper dent in the to-do list. To be fair, SA Home Affairs is as slow as turtles stampeding through peanut butter, and things that are not dependent on…

We do like lists

It’s not a new idea this, moving to another country. Things have gone a bit pear shaped here in South Africa, or if you are very optimistic you might say they are busy going pear shaped, if you are in complete denial you might even say that they look like they might go pear shaped….