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Taking care of business

Filed in Blog, Country, Germany by on July 30, 2015

The weeks and days are winding down. With just a little more than two weeks left I have to take care of things here so I can travel back to the U.S. without hassle. The first order of business was shipping off things that couldn’t fit in my suitcase. I ended up with three boxes, two of which contained books and the third had a costume, jacket and my Weihnachtmarkt glasses. I don’t really expect all the glasses to make it back in one piece, but I’m hoping enough of them will make it back that I won’t be disappointed. The shipping cost about 120 euro for three medium sized boxes that weighed around 10 to 15 pounds each. So anyone looking to ship stuff across the ocean should keep in mind that it won’t be cheap, but it won’t be super expensive either.

I also had to take care of my bank account, which I could only close two days before I left. I had a Deutsche Bank account, but every bank is different so it’s important to talk with your bank well in advance before you need to close it to know how the process works. I also had to de-register with the city, but that I could take care of at the weekly coffee hour at the international club. It was as simple as filling out a one page form with my new address. While I was there I also canceled my health insurance, which was basically just giving my card over to the international club and they took care of the rest.

The last thing I had to do was schedule a room check-out, which was as simple as contacting the landlord or a senior resident to come down and make sure nothing was broken. So to any future students this should give you an idea of what you need to take care of before you leave. It’s really not so difficult to take care of, but it is important to get done.

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