Bringing the learning home (Australian Learning & Teaching Council)

Next step done…

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Well today was eventful.

7am wake up to apply for my residency permit.

We had to get to Woollahra between 900 and 1200. O fun.

We were gone for four hours, 15 minutes were spent in the German Consulate.

I hate to sound cliche’, but the lady behind the desk was very efficient. And nice.

I watched her conversation with some German nationals. All I could understand is that she could not do something, then asked when the passport ran out, to which the national replied the first of march. I felt like such a loser.

I gave another lady an empathetic smile when she struggled with the door to get in, she said something in German and laughed so I did one of those “o yeah” laughy-things. I still have no idea what she said.

I guess this is my first experience of language barriers where I’m the odd one out.

On the plus side my application was all good and I can expect the permit in 4 weeks. I leave in 6.

Not long now. So exciting.

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One response

  1. toniagray

    Yes – language barriers can be a little daunting.

    Guess this also means that your passport needs to be updated … another little roadblock before the big adventure to Germany begins.

    The excitement is palpable.

    Auf Wiedersehen … safe travels.

    January 9, 2011 at 7:56 am

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