And…the paperwork hunt continues

So we’ve now almost become regulars at the Embassy too. I can’t remember if I told you, but the last time we were there to apply for Nicola’s passport we were sent off to go find an original birth certificate for Andy’s dad. His dad doesn’t have a copy, so we had to request one from Germany.

Now, you might not be aware of this, I certainly wasn’t, they don’t have a central Home Affairs there. You actually need to contact the specific town for these kinds of things. Some cities have more than one, and you need an address of birth! Hamburg has 8! Luckily Andy’s dad was born in a small town and we already knew the name of it.

Next thing: they don’t ship to South Africa. So we had it sent to Andy’s cousin who couriered it to us. All of this from start to finish took less than a week. For Nicola’s first local birth certificate I waited about 5 years!

We made another booking at the Embassy, and off we went. Sadly, we ended up with a different official this time, and yet again we now need more paperwork…and nothing that takes a week to get.

The issue at hand is my previous marriage it seems. They want to make sure I didn’t manage to gain a second sneaky citizenship which I could have passed on to Nicola. I didn’t, but it is a surprisingly hard thing to prove!

So now they want an unabridged marriage certificate for my first marriage (Fuuuuuuuuuck!), an original divorce decree (have that), my ID/passport I used in 2008 (have that), and my Ex’s ID/passport from 2008 (made contact on fb and asked, and he very kindly sent it to me). Must have been quite bizarre to be asked…we got divorced in 2002, and Nicola was born in 2009. He really has not a thing to do with this.

We’ve applied for the marriage certificate…and now we wait. In the meantime I need to pass the A1 exam for my visa, and the first booking we could get is mid December due to Corona. So I guess we have time. We’ll see how it plays out, but worst case scenario Nicola and I both go on visas instead of her on a passport. In the long run the passport way is MUCH cheaper and less stressful, but you don’t always get to choose.

Urgh…I also need to take out medical insurance for three months. Ironically you can get it on your credit card when you book your ticket, but do you want to book before you have a visa? You can’t get the visa without it. Grrrr….

We’ll burn that bridge when we get there I guess.

And slowly but surely we’re also checking out rentals. The plan is to squat with in laws for the start, but we don’t want to overstay our welcome, so we need to hit the ground running. Another thing you might not be aware of is that in general rentals in Germany come without kitchens! As in not even the cupboards or the sink are there. You take it with you when you go. Imagine that! Everything and the kitchen sink…I think we know where that saying comes from now haha!

But…AirBnB’s have it in! And not only that, in some areas it’s cheaper to rent there monthly than a normal rental. Plus it comes with shampoo and toilet paper (and probably breakfast). How cool is that?! The amount of money we still need to make and hang on to before we go is STAGGERING to say the least, so this was a very welcome discovery for us. Buying groceries and a few key furnishings to set up house is one thing, buying an entire kitchen is a whole new ball game.

Anyhoo, just wanted to give you a quick update in things in general. I am studying German till it just about comes out of my ears! Wish me luck…I need it.

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