Thought Number One: Work is the Opposite of Vacation
On our last trip to Germany, we went as tourists. Yes, an adventure strictly for fun and seeing the sites. Easy-peasy plan for 15 days based in Munich. We had a good travel agent that booked out rooms at the Marriott, made rental car reservations and lined out some guided bus tours to Switzerland and Austria. On that trip we went with a group of friends as well, so we had our own built in group of English speaking people. In fact, one of our group had German parents and claimed she had a working knowledge of the German language. Monica, as it turned out, didn't have it working enough to keep us from getting on the wrong train out of Dachau. Which brought about a language lesson that was pretty self explanatory i.e. "dumme Amerikaner"
BUT in preparation for this trip...not so easy-peasy. If one is going to a foreign country to work, there are things to be reckoned with. Housing, car insurance, medical insurance that will cover you in a foreign country, foreign currency, a charge card that doesn't pick your pocket on conversion fees, getting a Euro-based cell phone (or unlocking your U.S. phone and finding a carrier that will not send you to the poor house on media, text, and Internet roaming charges) and last but not least having the proper Visa to be in a foreign country.
As far as Visas go.... I timed my visit to see my husband near the end of his Schengen Visa.
As a non-German, hubby is allowed to stay in Germany for 90 days within an 180 day time period. There are a number of visa rules in Europe, but when people talk about the “90 day limit”, they are talking about restrictions of the Schengen Visa, which is the visa rule that governs 26 countries in Europe. It includes all the European Union except Ireland and the United Kingdom as well as a few non-EU countries.
So...if you plan on visiting Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, better keep the three month rule in mind. (gasping for breath)
As I was saying, my husband's 90 days were coming to an end and his job wasn't. I needed to get my trip in before he was asked (do you suppose it is a request?) to leave the country. As it turned out he was not booted out on his keister but that is another story for another day. (I will cover what Hubby had to do to stay past the 90 day mark in a later post but here is a link to give you a bit of how to ward off deportation if you are camped out in Europe illegally..How to Stay in Europe Legally After 90 Days. )
|Mr. Germany is a little fussy about his 90 days "get out of here" rule.|
Thought Number Two: Making A Home Away from Home
As my husband's company (OK to be clear...his company is just him with me handling the day to day boring crap that comes across my desk) tends to work in rather small towns, it might not surprise you to know there aren't major hotel chains built just to accommodate him. There is a web-site www.booking.com that covers all the little hotels and German Guest Houses available. As my husband was working primarily in the area of Andernach, Germany, he found a small hotel/guest house in Weissenthurm. (Sorry, my computer doesn't type German, so that isn't exactly right.)
So begins the list of plus and minuses. The Rhein Hotel is a 10 room house that is kind of a cross between a very small hotel or a very large Bed and Breakfast. The family that lives there consists of Mama and Papa, their daughter and son-in-law, and 2 grandsons. Since none of them speak a lick of English, we aren't sure of anyone's name but it all worked out with smiles, hugs and nods.
Rhein Hotel is a bit like going back in time in a quaint charming sort of way. It sits right on the Rhein. AND I MEAN right ON the Rhein. Occasionally IN the Rhein.
|In both 1993 and 1995 Mama and Papa had the river come in for a visit.|
|The walking trail along the Rhein from hotel room. The river is being good about keeping itself|
out of the hotel today.
|barges and passenger ships are constantly going by|
Next time, I will start with the local food and have more information and pictures from the area around Weissenthurm and Andernach .
To be continued.....
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