Archives for January 2010

Snow

Last night we had 20-30cm of fresh snow fall – I even used the bus to get to my appointment this morning as the cars are snowed it on the car park!

Here are a couple of photos that I took whilst out in Oberursel:

Altkönigstraße, Oberursel

Altkönigstraße

Altenhöfer Weg, Oberursel

Altenhöfer Weg

The Salt Lounge in Oberursel

This week the Monday Podcast visited the Salt Lounge in Oberursel. The salt lounge is a place that people can go to, in order to relax and enjoy the salt air. There is one grotto for families and other for business people.

We talked to the owner Sven Warth about how he came up with the idea, why people go there, and where all the salt comes from.

Sven Warth in the Salt Lounge

Sven Warth in the Salt Lounge

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Truly German: ELENA

ELENA stands for Elektronischer Entgeltnachweis and was introduced in Germany at the beginning of 2010.

Companies now have to report details about their employees on a monthly basis to a new Government agency.  These include their wages, but also the number of days holiday or even on strike that they had.

The German Government has claimed that it will reduce paperwork and beaurocracy for companies, but my experience with the new system this week left me with a different opinion, as you can hear in the podcast:

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