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Old 10-24-2007, 05:33 AM   #1
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Hi from a Welshman in Germany!

Wonderful, inspiring, informative forum... if only there were something comparable in Europe!

I'll introduce myself anyway... I'm 58 yo and currently employed in a j*b from which I can't wait to 'escape' to the freedom of life in retirement. I know it's all been said before but life really is too short to waste a large proportion of it doing something in which one has absolutely no interest, 'just' for the money - important as this is of course.

I'm seriously considering 'taking the plunge' soon, even though it would mean having to be very careful with my finances... I'd be relying on a reduced pension (from the UK) as well as income from my savings, which is entirely invested in an e-savings account, again in the UK. My lifestyle is not extravagant and I think I can do it but, unfortunately, I'm not sure Firecalc can be of very much assistance to me on this side of the pond. In any case, I can't wait to have much more time to devote to the - second! - love of my life, namely my piano.

Best wishes everyone, from Hamburg

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Old 10-24-2007, 06:33 AM   #2
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That is the best thing about the internet: you can pick up good stuff all over the world.
I am German. Even though the details of my retirement scenario are different from the US as to pension system, health insurance and social security I use firecalc and find it helpful.

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Old 10-24-2007, 08:13 AM   #3
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Welcome cruiser! I hope you find useful information here. So what's a Welshman do in Germany?

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Welcome from your friends across the pond. there is plenty of information and support here. We have other participants living across the globe, so not just a north American group. There are also other musicians - maybe we will set up a virtual band someday.

Check out the "Best of" and the FAQs for deep background. Feel free to join in the many lively discussions and post your questions.
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Welcome Cruiser! I used to live in Germany some years ago. Great place to be ER'd!

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Old 10-25-2007, 03:56 PM   #6
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I'd say 'welcome to the forum' but as I'm new here myself it seems a little weird to try to play host...

Anyway, I'd like to hear more about your second love - the piano is the center of my post-retirement plan as well. What kind of stuff do you play?

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