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Location: Central Oregon
My wife and I moved to Germany in 2004 so she could be closer to her extremely old, crotchety, and decrepit parents. Without getting into that bundle of domestic drama, I will say that it was a positive experience for the most part. Central Europe, although overpopulated, is beautiful. There is a rich layer of history spread in all directions. I worked in Munich and commuted back and forth from Augsburg. During our time there, I struggled to find affordable space to use for woodworking. Anything above a closet either had a waiting list or was so ridiculously priced that it remained unoccupied for the entire 11 years that we were there. For a short time, I was granted the use of a very large attic space to use and was just finishing up work on my workbench when the city fire marshal sent out new rules making it illegal to use the attic space for anything other than storing dust. They threw a new lock on that space and I went back to looking. I tried using one of the hobby workshops in the area but they were usually too full and the tools were so abused as to be unusable. That was a painful experience because I had to enter into a contract in order to even try it out and ended up paying €20/month for the next 6 months for a shop that I couldn't even use. When our daughter was born in 2011, we started seriously working on moving back to the U.S. It was difficult but we managed to save enough to make it happen by the middle of 2015. Now we live about an hour east of Eugene, Oregon in a small town that is known for logging and timber products. We are getting settled in and I am happy to say that the house we bought a few months ago has a 3 car garage that I get to turn into a shop. We still have a bit of painting and some repairs to make before I can actually start working on my own woodworking projects but I doubt that it will be long before I will finally be able to start making piles and piles of sawdust (and posting my projects here of course :).
Greetings from Oregon!
Grüße aus Oregon!
-- Jeff, Linn County, Oregon https://goo.gl/maps/B3RoiEXc5aR2
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