Looking across to the island of Kastellorizo, Greece.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Kas, Turkey until December 8th.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Not sure yet.

Friday, August 14, 2020

We are off to deliver Sherman

We are heading across the border this morning to deliver Sherman in the province of Quebec. Sherman will have to learn how to speak French, because he's about to become a Quebec resident. I hope he does alright with the road signs... they are all in French as well.

Yesterday we sorted through what is going with Sherman and what is staying. Of course we now have all of our "stuff" to get rid of. It almost feels like when we sold the house back in 2007.

Some of the stuff is worth money, so I will advertise on FB marketplace and Kijiji and get rid of it. Not that easy being out here 45 minutes from the city. Most people won't want to drive this far to pick up what might be a $25 item.

I was doing some more research on this German Residence Permit that we want to get. It actually looks fairly easy. You have to register a German address, provide proof of suitable finances, and proof of private health insurance. Then go for an interview which is usually (but not always) done in German, but you are allowed to bring a translator with you. Provided you follow the guidelines, most permits are approved.

I was reading that 56% of people in Germany speak English as well.

The permit is issued for a year, but is renewable annually provided your circumstances haven't changed.

Having this permit would allow us to bypass the Schengen Visa rules that only allow us three months at a time in most of the European Union countries. That way, we can buy a motorhome in Germany and tour Europe at our leisure for a couple of years without having to leave the European Union every three months.

Yesterday we had Ruth's brother Colin and his girlfriend Brenda over for dinner and a game of cards.

Kevin, Colin, and Brenda.
The rib eye steak was delicious!

Brenda, Kevin, and Ruth.
The blueberry cheesecake was delicious too!

Sunset last night.

Gotta go... last time driving Sherman!

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14 comments:

  1. So sad, yet so exciting. I'll follow you're every blog.

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    1. Exactly, lots of mixed emotions happening yesterday!

      We are looking forward to bringing you a whole bunch on new and exciting adventures. :-)

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  2. Big day, saying Goodbye to Sherman. He has helped you create so many great memories that you carry with you.
    Appreciate the info about aquiring a German residency.
    Smooth travels Sherman!

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    1. It was a big day but we also know that it was the right time and the right decision for us. I am sure he will be well looked after.

      When the time comes we will see how the actual process goes. It is easy enough to read about it, putting in to the test might be a whole other story.

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  3. Happy trails Sherman! You will bring joy to another couple. Good luck in acquiring your German Resident Permit ... looking forward to your adventures in Europe!

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    1. Thank you Lynnette, we hope that they will love Sherman as much as we did.

      We won't be acquiring it yet but it is good to know all the ins and outs beforehand.

      We are looking forward to our new adventures as well. Fingers crossed that everything goes as planned in October.

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  4. That will be a hard delivery to make but think of all the new adventured awaiting you!

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    1. There was definitely a lot of mixed emotions yesterday but we know that it was the right time to do it. We will always have our pictures and memories of him, he will never be forgotten that is for sure.

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  5. *sigh* I remember the very last time I drove our Class A. I almost turned back, but we were living in Europe and paying to store it. So it had to go. Good luck with the residence permit. It'll be interesting.

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    1. Yep, sometimes it is difficult to let things go when they have given you such amazing memories but like you, it just didn't make sense to keep him any longer.

      I don't think we will actually apply for the German Residence Permit until next year, it will all depend on what we end up planning to do this fall and winter first but we do want to get all our ducks in a row first. Yes, we are sure it will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

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  6. Mmmm, blueberry cheesecake! Did Ruth make that? I can't wait to follow along on your European adventures. That will be so interesting!

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    1. Yes, I did make it and it was delicious even if I say so myself. There are very few things that I ever buy, I cook/bake almost everything from scratch, that way I know what ingredients are in it. :-)

      And, we can't wait to bring those experiences to you. I think we will have some interesting times ahead of us.

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  7. Thanks for your posts that keep us informed of this new chapter in your life / adventures! I'm wondering about how things will work for you : will your Canadian health insurance be 'suspended' during those two years? And if so, I suppose you have to replace it with a private health insurance, which must be pretty costly, no? Thanks!

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    1. You are welcome and thank you for following along with us. :-)

      No, we will lose our Canadian health insurance as Saskatchewan only has a one year "suspended absence" that is allowed unless it is for the purpose of employment. Having said that we only have to be back in the province for three months to have make it valid again. So, yes we will have to buy private health insurance while we are over there as it is also one of the conditions for the German Residence Permit, that you show proof of health insurance. The cost shouldn't be too bad, Kevin had found a company that charged reasonable prices when we were in Australia last summer, providing we don't go into USA with it, if we were to want the States included it would cost quite a bit more.

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