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    Hi,

    I have written here before. Now I have a big descision to make and nobody can help me here in Germany. Please let me know what you think.

    My situation:
    Im from Germany and planning to work as an Admin Trainee in the States (the only thing possible with the strict immigration regulations ).

    My favorite place to live would be Miami as I been there before and love it there! The agency here in Germany, who is finding me the trainee position, said that they can only find a company who pays a maximum of 800 dollars per month, as most of them dont even want to pay Trainees at all.
    I have a bit saved, but money is still a big issue for me and Miami is expensive.

    However, since yesterday I have an offer to work in Sunrise, FL. The boss there would even pay 500 additionally (1300 dollars).
    But I wouldn't be in Miami. So Im totally unsure what to do.

    Is the Sunrise area much cheaper (housing, bills etc.) than Miami?
    Is it easy to drive down from there whenever I feel like it?
    Is Sunrise a good and pleasant area to live in?
    (I know this community is only abt South Beach but Im kind of desperate to get any advise...)

    The big issue is that I cant drive at all ! Initially I thought that in Miami I dont need to be able to drive!? Is that true? I wanted to solely rely on buses!

    Now if I take this opportunity in Sunrise, the boss is saying I do need to be able to drive.
    He wants me to do the licence while still in Germany if I want the job, its the only requirement he has. But the licence here in Germany cost 2300 dollars!!!! and we dont have licences to do on automatic cars just manual...

    If you guys say that I wouldnt need to drive for sure in Miami and can rely on the busses then I would prefer Miami. But if I let this go they will very unlikely find a boss again who pays more then 800 and I have to take an opportunity soon...

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    Can you get a license in Germany? If so when you first arrive you can drive on that for 30 days while you establish your Florida residency. Then, when you are here, get your USA license here. It only costs $48. The international ones are only accepted for a short while anyway. I drove on my UK one for over a year with no questions, so if you have a license from anywhere, it will keep you driving short term.

    Manual or automatic, it doesn't matter here. It is not like Europe where the two methods require different licenses. You can drive in either here on the one license. (Probably why Americans aren't great at driving manual cars.)

    I don't see why it costs so much in Germany, but over here it is very cheap to get a license so long as you have a Social Security number and residency, which it sounds like you have. Can't you ask the employer if you can get the license when you arrive here?

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    Sunrise is a very long way from Miami. Probably a 40 minute drive with no traffic. Yes, if you work in Sunrise, you need a car. It is not public transportation accessible AT ALL. It's West Broward County, which is a pleasant, warm, nice area. Safe and family friendly. But outside of Sawgrass Mills and the Hockey Arena, there is nothing to do out there. Sawgrass Mills does have some good restaurants and bars, and great shopping, but again, it ain't Miami.

    My recommendation, if you take this job resign yourself to living in Sunrise and not really leaving it much at all until you finish your trainee program. Because you will not be able to go to Miami unless you have a car. And you won't be able to survive in Sunrise if you don't have a car, because even things like grocery shopping will require you to drive.

    And you can't even pay rent in Miami on $800 a month. Or if you can, you won't eat anything. My advice to you is either learn to drive and go to Sunrise, or wait for another opportunity.

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    Hi Matt,

    Thanks for your answer! I want to learn to drive now whilst still in Germany but the licence is expensive here (2300 dollars), intensive and takes up to 10 weeks. But I feel more comfortable doing this beforehand. The boss from Sunrise however now wants me to come and learn to drive there as he doesnt want to wait I guess. But with everything being new its too much for me. And anyway, how would I get from Miami airport to Sunrise shortly after arriving!? And how would I do my first food shopping. It might be well that I loose this opportunity now if the boss doesnt want to wait. But if not, are the housing prices in Sunrise much cheaper then in Miami?

    What do I have to look for if I want an european style 1 bedroom appartment? Is it called Condo? Studio?

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    Quote Originally Posted by avan77 View Post
    Thanks for your answer! I want to learn to drive now whilst still in Germany but the licence is expensive here (2300 dollars), intensive and takes up to 10 weeks. But I feel more comfortable doing this beforehand. The boss from Sunrise however now wants me to come and learn to drive there as he doesnt want to wait I guess. But with everything being new its too much for me.
    I would defintely recomend you just go ahead and get your license here. From what I see of your sentence structure I'm more then confident in your ability to study for the test. Basically it's being able to reconize signs and rules of the road. That you can all study from a twenty something page booklet (that I'm sure you can download if you google south florida drivers license study guide). Anything else would be a skills test in the parking lot which the hardest parts are parallel parking, a three point turn, and turn signals usage. Basically, don't be so worried. There are plenty of people who get their licenses here with less comprehension than you.

    And anyway, how would I get from Miami airport to Sunrise shortly after arriving!?
    Just so you realize, Sunrise is in Ft. Lauderdale, which is around about an hour north of Miami. There is also a Ft Lauderdale Intl airport that you can arrive which would simplify your transportation problems immensely. As well I've taken taxis from Ft Lauderdale airport to my house in Sunrise you're looking at around $50 to $75 to most parts of Sunrise from the airport Which is a 30 to 45 minute ride (I do it in 20 going much faster)

    Having all that in mind you can probably take the trirail (train) to somewhere east of sunrise and get on to a few bus transfers from there. This is around an hour to two hours of travel and I don't know the cost. But realize that time is if you don't end up waiting too long in between transfers.

    Basically I recomend you just come in by Ft Lauderdale airport.

    And how would I do my first food shopping.
    While you do need a car if you plan to live in Sunrise, you can do you shopping within walking distance. Generally it can be anywhere from 5 to 45 minutes walking distance from a large chain grocery store. A small gas station sized food stop would definitely be closer if a grocery store was as far as 45 minutes though.

    It might be well that I loose this opportunity now if the boss doesnt want to wait. But if not, are the housing prices in Sunrise much cheaper then in Miami?
    They are significantly cheaper. Especially if you're thinking of living somewhere around the beach when you think of Miami. If you plan to live alone you can expect prices from $600 and up, if you find a roommate or decide to rent a room in a larger house you can get down to $350 (although you may have to get down to that price from word of mouth, I'm currently renting two small $350 rooms in my house to college students, full though sorry) I think it would be best to find a roommate or room if possible and research a single apartment from there.

    What do I have to look for if I want an european style 1 bedroom appartment? Is it called Condo? Studio?
    If European bedroom means you walk into the front door from outside and you are in the one bedroom that's a studio. Anything else would have the bedroom seperate from the rest of the house.

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    [QUOTE=Matt Meltzer;82803]Sunrise is a very long way from Miami. Probably a 40 minute drive with no traffic. Yes, if you work in Sunrise, you need a car. It is not public transportation accessible AT ALL. It's West Broward County, which is a pleasant, warm, nice area. Safe and family friendly.
    Agree, it's not the best, but far from what you could call bad.

    But outside of Sawgrass Mills and the Hockey Arena, there is nothing to do out there. Sawgrass Mills does have some good restaurants and bars, and great shopping, but again, it ain't Miami.
    I disagree, and can't really blame Matt as from what I gather he's not really ever spent much time outside of Miami.

    There's Ft Lauderdale beach, Las Olas, Riverfront, The Hard Rock Casino Complex, a little further away Downtown Hollywood, The Isles Casino. These places all have better restaurants (come on, Cheesecake may be good, but their corporate so it's like a higher class of Fridays), shopping isn't better although the sights are, and the bars are much better plus you also get nightlife.

    There are also assorted singular destinations like 1921 and Culture Room for music, and Blue Martini (admittedly there is one in Miami as well) among others.

    [quote[My recommendation, if you take this job resign yourself to living in Sunrise and not really leaving it much at all until you finish your trainee program. Because you will not be able to go to Miami unless you have a car.
    I agree, although I would like to add that yes you can get to Miami without a car, just expect to make any trip without one a whole day affair. The car is what allows you to not spend most of the day taking mass transit.

    And you won't be able to survive in Sunrise if you don't have a car, because even things like grocery shopping will require you to drive.

    And you can't even pay rent in Miami on $800 a month. Or if you can, you won't eat anything. My advice to you is either learn to drive and go to Sunrise, or wait for another opportunity.
    I agree.

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    Actually, I spend one or two days a week in Lauderdale or Delray, sometimes West Palm or Boca. Sunrise for shopping or hockey. I do the whole region. I have the gas bills to prove it. But thanks.

    I meant there isn't shit to do in SUNRISE. Sunrise, not Lauderdale, You can't just walk over to Las Olas if you're living right off the Sawgrass. Ans since we're talking to a guy who isn't gonna have a car here, so telling him there's stuff to do in Ft. Lauderdale would be like telling someone planning to move to Kendall without a car all the fun stuff there is to do in South Beach. And, hey, if there's some hidden gems in Sunrise outside the mall and arena, I haven't heard of them

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    Im not a guy, Im a girl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Meltzer View Post
    Actually, I spend one or two days a week in Lauderdale or Delray, sometimes West Palm or Boca. Sunrise for shopping or hockey. I do the whole region. I have the gas bills to prove it. But thanks.

    I meant there isn't shit to do in SUNRISE. Sunrise, not Lauderdale, You can't just walk over to Las Olas if you're living right off the Sawgrass. Ans since we're talking to a guy who isn't gonna have a car here, so telling him there's stuff to do in Ft. Lauderdale would be like telling someone planning to move to Kendall without a car all the fun stuff there is to do in South Beach. And, hey, if there's some hidden gems in Sunrise outside the mall and arena, I haven't heard of them
    I was mistaken then. I just got here and mostly know you from your White Dade days.

    Well if you're talking walking distance (10 - 20 minutes) then even Sawgrass is out of reach for most of Sunrise. But I get your point in closer to home type stuff.

    So some hidden gems, if you like to nerd it up we've got Tate's comics, arguably the best comic/manga/anime/boutique gallery in South Florida. There is also Rockabilly tattoo parlour one of the better known parlours about, and if you're not interested in tattoos you can still check the place out and ask about local events or bands. Actually both places you can talk with the customers/employees about local events. We also have Kingshead pub which is a nice little English style that serves pretty decent pub food, is laid back, and also has live bands every so often. Another place to gather info from the regulars. Buzz's Bar a nice spot with live music on some nights, cheap prices, and the best part two Wii's you can play. I definitely recommend going there with a friend or two on a slow night and play with some drinks. There is also further west on Oakland The Inn-Field which is a cozy little neighborhood bar which has quite a few former military that hang around as two of the owners where former Marines. Maybe not something Avan would be so interested in, but I like the place.

    As for food there is Toa Toa, the best Dim Sum restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, and if not for Miami, South Florida. Full disclosure, I know some people who say Dragon (no link since I don't remember the full name) in Pines is better, but that's more personal preference and from my experience somewhat similiar and not worth the drive. The Lobster House is THE PLACE for Maine lobster, forget any other restaurant you may have heard of to most definitely include Red Lobster. It's old Florida been around for I'm guessing at least 40 plus years, with the current owners at least 15 more likely 20, the prices are dirt cheap (for lobster) and the lobsters are fresh (I can guarantee that since I used to work for them and hauled in the deliveries every other day myself) and cooked to perfection (order them steamed or broiled NOTHING ELSE!!). There are some bad reviews, but I can guarantee you they are for these reasons; the idiots ordered anything that wasn't lobster (AT A RESTAURANT CALLED THE LOBSTER HOUSE!!), they went to eat after 7 (there are only 3 servers and lobsters take a decent time to cook).

    There are also a few scattered parks, not so large but they're all well tended and nice for a leisurely walk.

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    Ugh, can't edit the quote tags in my old post. Sorry.

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    Wow. That's like a whole site of Sunrise411.com right there. I'm going to bookmark this thread so next time I"m up there I know something to do other than the mall. Like, I like the mall, but cool local places are always better.

    Thanks for taking the time to point that stuff out, though. Like, I know people who come on the site will appreciate it, but for locals it's good to know what there is to do if different parts of the area.

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