Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Residence visa

On Monday I got confirmation that our German permanent residence visas have been approved. Instead of having them put in our passports, we've opted to try for the EU permanent residence visas... just in case we may someday want to relocate to another EU country. It would totally streamline the process.

We take the test (on German culture, politics, business, etc) right after I get back from the USA. In order to get an EU visa, we have to prove that we are acclimated to the local culture. And even if we don't pass the test, we will still get our permanent German visas. We'll keep you posted...

Monday, April 14, 2008

Coming to the USA!

Coming soon to a city near you!

Jon will be doing a month-long trip to Texas and Indiana from May 22 - June 16. If you're anywhere near those two states, he'd love to see you. Robin and the kids will be in Germany preparing for the move to southern Germany while he is in the US raising money for it!

Check out our website calendar to see where and when we'll be near you...
http://www.perrinministries.org/pm-xp/html/modules/agendax/index.php?op=cal. Or check out Jon's band myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/jeperrin.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Russian Space Shuttle

Today Robin and the kids got to see a barge carrying an old Russian Space Shuttle go by our apartment (on the Rhine River) on its way to a museum in Speyer, Germany. We'll try to put some pictures on our perrinsingermany.blogspot.com page.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

The dreaded black tongue!!!

On Monday night I went to bed with a bit of an upset stomach. I awoke in the middle of the night with stomach pain and took a couple of Pepto Bismol chewable tablets. They took care of the problem and I went right back to sleep.

The next morning I awoke with the absolute worst taste in my mouth -- and breath to match. I was a walking biological WMD!!! (Anything THAT bad HAD to come from the devil himself!) When I went to brush my teeth I noticed that the entire surface of my tongue was covered with a black film. I was freaking out! I had no idea what this was from. I thought it might be from the stomach flu that Robin, Ryan and Emma had been fighting, or I had picked up some sort of parasite from the Döner Kebab sandwich I had eaten the day before, or something worse...

Well, the night before last I had some really spicy food before bed. Again I ate a Pepto Bismol chewable tablet... and again I awoke with the horrendous taste and venomous breath!!! Lo and behold... the dreaded black tongue had returned! To quote Forrest Gump, "I may not be the smartest man...", but I was able to put two and two together and figure out the source.

The moral of the story: Don't eat spicy food before bed!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

A little bit of America

Tonight our family had a fun night in downtown Bonn. We had dinner at Pizza Hut, followed by a donut at Dunkin' Donuts... all right in the main city square in Bonn. You can't get much more American than that! We would have done Starbuck's as well, but decided we had more than enough sugar for one evening. Needless to say, we really had fun.

We're definitely going to miss this place. Robin even commented as we were driving home, "Now that I've finally learned the streets of Bonn we're going to move." As the Germans would say, "Na ja, so ist dass." (That's just the way it is.)