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16 posts, 04:42 today
Making a last will and testament
40 posts, 04:18 today
Frenchman in Germany not feeling comfortable.
Well, I think it's time for some breaking news: 1. France is not the center of universe. 2. French is not the most spoken language in the world, nor one that everyone should be able to speak. 3. When moving to a foreign country, expect having to learn at least some of the local language, to find your way around. 4.…
6 posts, 01:40 today
SMTP Trouble via Private T-Online WLAN
13 posts, 22:19 yesterday
Where to buy Legal-sized paper in Germany
17 posts, 19:29 yesterday
Advice needed for Elternzeit dispute
You boss has a very big problem you have none. Your position with the company was put on ice during the Elternzeit it was not and cannot be terminated because your boss does not want to have you back. The problem is, the law states that the company must offer you a postion like the one you had before the Elternzeit. This…
26 posts, 19:04 yesterday
Home--and other--remedies for warts
48 posts, 18:12 yesterday
Neighbours trespassing in my backyard
Firstly thanks to everyone for their comments - I really appreciate the advise. We tried the garden party approach. But after the second rebuff we were told "we really don't like the English" and similar which kinda shut down the conversation. There is no right of way, ancient or modern. Have spoken…
13 posts, 16:29 yesterday
UK visa experience
Basically you will need to apply for a business visitor visa. This will be issued as short term visa for 6 months or long duration for 2 years or 5 years. In every case you can stay only to a maximum of 180 days every time. It will be issued as a multiple visit visa. For the application itself, you will need a letter…
44 posts, 16:23 yesterday
Mold behind bedroom cupboard
Another reason for the increasing problem with mold are new -leak tight- windows in old buildings. The old windows were not tight. So there was a constant ventilation keeping the humidity down. To save energy, new better insulated, leak tight windows were installed. By this measure the humidity was not removed and suddenly…
15 posts, 16:03 yesterday
Voting in US Elections from Abroad
35 posts, 12:56 yesterday
Netgear n600 Smart DNS/Static Routes
9 posts, 11:57 yesterday
New Ryanair routes from Germany - Keep them current
91 posts, 11:46 yesterday
Netflix Germany to launch in September 2014
Not being able to access German Prime with smartdns is a PITA for me as I have to have smartdns setup on my router to get chromecast working. Overplay support just suggested I turn off smartdns. Anyhow, I started watching Netflix today set to Germany, officially installed on my Samsung Smart TV, and continued to watch…
6 posts, 10:37 yesterday
Asking for a job reference from current employer
Not at all sure about how "understanding"... your employer would be, but you have a legal right to ask for a "Zwischenzeugnis&qu... How long have you been there already? If less than a year or two, it might well give the wrong impression. For example, I have been with my company for 20 years in November,…
6 posts, 10:20 yesterday
Steuerberater holding mail hostage - Need advice
42 posts, 09:14 yesterday
Magic mushroom grow kits
not from my experience, but everyone reacts differently... if the person is experiencing enhanced colors, has a permanent grin(good trip) and is seeing trails or movement of static objects(just to name a few) that could be an indication of hallucinogens edit: inexperienced users should NEVER take a trip without someone…
23 posts, 08:58 yesterday
Generali Vision can't charge when cancelling early
Posted image The GENERALI VISION plans is the most beloved cash cow for those usual culprits among the IFAs which target Expats in Germany, especially the CTMNBN. Why: it pays a princly or even royal commission to the "advisor" and the commission is risk free for the advisor. Because the terms and conditons of the plan say,…
28 posts, 06:43 yesterday
Samsung SmartTV Keyboard/Mouse
9 posts, 00:01 yesterday
Contract in Switzerland and wife on Elterngeld
59 posts, 23.Oct.2014
Demystifying Germans/Berliners and doors
Actually, I've been all over Germany (except for the deep south) and I thought this was just a normal way of German life. That's not to say that there aren't some Germans that will do this, but overall, it seems like holding the door for someone else is more the exception than the rule. Similarly, it annoys…
14 posts, 23.Oct.2014
Hygiene in Kindergarten - Recurring Strep Throat
I had 3 children go through kindergarten here and at one stage, we seemed to have strep throat in the house almost all the time. Not all 3 children were susceptible to it, the youngest one got it the most, but we went through it and when kindergarten time was over, it was done and dusted and they never got it again. Kindergarten…
37 posts, 23.Oct.2014
Claiming Eigenbedarf on an apartment you own
HI All, Having now been to see my laywer I thought I'd answer my own question just in case the information helps anyone else. To first be clear, I know that to claim eigenbedarf you have to actually want into your property and if you don't move in and your previous tenants find out then they can sue you for a whole…
43 posts, 23.Oct.2014
German equivalents of US/UK medicine
It's important to understand that medicines have both a brand name, which usually varies between countries, and a generic name which is mostly the same or at least recognisable between different countries. For example, in Germany, acetylsalicysäure (ASS) is the generic name that corresponds to acetylsalicylic acid…
8 posts, 23.Oct.2014
Can I get a "Bankscheck" from a German bank?
53 posts, 23.Oct.2014
What age to start school?
Posted image Every year, they do a comparison of how well elementary school children can read and calculate, this is called the Grundschulleistungsvergl... Here are the 2012 results, Lesen = to read, Rechnen = to calculate: And before you ask, these results are about the same order, but even more divergent for secondary school,…
4 posts, 23.Oct.2014
Prepaid mobile phone cancellation - Notified by SMS
32 posts, 23.Oct.2014
Who pays for repairs in a rented apartment?
13 posts, 23.Oct.2014
Travel to USA via Canada
13 posts, 23.Oct.2014
Tips on cancelling your O2 DSL contract
91 posts, 23.Oct.2014
Zattoo picture quality - Is it my set up or...?
20 posts, 23.Oct.2014
American working in Germany - salary in EURO or $?
All fine and good but if he is working under contract to the US Department of Defense then he needs to find out if he qualifies as TESA in the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). If he does, then he is correct, he is not required to pay German taxes and his income is tax free in the US up to 97K minus some expenses if he…
13 posts, 22.Oct.2014
Buying U.S. stocks and shares in Germany
1240 posts, 22.Oct.2014
New TV license fee, €17.98 a month from 01/2013
Posted image That it just says "Zahlung" made me a bit suspicious**. Just out of curiosity, was the bill addressed to you or your husband, or to something like "Alle Haushälte im Beitragsgebiet"? This for example is a known scam attempt: http://www.computerbetru... **Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't believe…
35 posts, 22.Oct.2014
Website asks for online banking password and TAN
15 posts, 22.Oct.2014
Flat with inexact description and letting agency
10 posts, 22.Oct.2014
Watching content on smartphone to tv
25 posts, 22.Oct.2014
Seeking Information about new Business Set-up
I simply provide that advice as an experienced parent to a prospective one, so what you do with it is up to you; however, I think you'll find that you'll want and need to spend time with your baby. Furthermore, have you sorted out visas for the family members and in-laws who you expect to take care of your child…
12 posts, 22.Oct.2014
Mini gmbh and micro-enterprise
No need for a GmbH or any company form if you are going it alone. It's expensive, complicated and at the outset a waste of time unless you expect excessive business risk and want to protect yourself. You can run your business as a sole trader. If you are not alone in your venture then you'll need a formal partnership…
19 posts, 22.Oct.2014
Changing electricity providers
12 posts, 22.Oct.2014
Adoption - How does it work?
I have had experience adopting here in Germany. I'm an American, my husband is German. My husband and I were just about to start the process for an international adoption when we got the chance to take in twin boys as foster children when they were 3 months old. We were finally able to officially adopt them 5 years…
13 posts, 22.Oct.2014
Tax: working in Germany, living in Netherlands
46 posts, 22.Oct.2014
Decent beginner Linux based OS
I depends highly on the hardware if you run into problems. If the hardware manufacturer delivers good drivers for linux or at least gives the linux community everything that enables them to write drivers, then you will have no problem at all. But if the hardware manufacturer delivers no drivers for linux or whatever, there…
61 posts, 21.Oct.2014
Shingles on my face
My mother had the shingles vaccination and wound up unable to use her legs any more, with dementia and lived the last 2 yrs. of her life bedridden in a full care home. She had a bad reaction. I've had shingles but will never get the vaccination. The pharmaceutical ad campain a few years ago convince old people that…
39 posts, 21.Oct.2014
Employment termination & aufhebungsvertag
This is what I think about the issue, having signed an Aufhebungsvertrag years ago. Note that this isn't legal advice and that consultating a lawyer really is advisable. * I believe this contract is the Aufhebungsvertag. Should I consult a lawyer before or after I recieve it? I have no intention to sign it without…
40 posts, 21.Oct.2014
Strange or inappropriate presents
My mom gave me some used puzzles she picked up at a flea market for xmas one year. My step-siblings got garage door openers. Flummoxed I was. For my birthday, a few months before I moved to Germany in 1986, (yes, she knew I was moving) she invited me to lunch, but when the waitress came to the table and asked if it was…
29 posts, 21.Oct.2014
German payslip abbreviations
- laufender Solidaritätszuschlag *current sum of supplementary tax (to finance the reunification) - Rentenversicherung-Arbei... laufendes Entgelt *pension dues, employee's share, current sum - Arbeitslosenversicherung... laufendes Entgelt *unemployment dues, employee's share, current sum - Arbeitgeberzuschuss…
23 posts, 21.Oct.2014
More rights for unmarried fathers
4 posts, 21.Oct.2014
German Capital Gains Tax on Overseas Property
Yes, as Starshollow said you have nothing to worry about. You were right in thinking that if there is no double taxation treaty, you would have to pay tax in both countries, without the tax that was already paid in the first country being considered when calculating the tax in the second country. However, profit from…
72 posts, 21.Oct.2014
US citizen opening a German business account
I cannot fathom why the Americans here complain about being discriminated. You have to provide certain information to the banks because the banks have been mandated by your country, and it is the perks of having the coveted passport I guess. Discrimination is only when certain race or religion or nationality or gender…
68 posts, 20.Oct.2014
Obtaining a driving license in Germany
Do not know if this helps at all or if it is too late, but I shall transcribe some of the numbers from my final Invoice from my Driving School for anyone who ends up finding this thread on a search. I did the school from scratch and passed the test yesterday first time. The driving school was near Aschaffenburg and I imagine…
19 posts, 20.Oct.2014
Reference Letter from HR
Dont sweat it, its mostly an urban legend. Ive been a manager with personnel responsibility for over 15 years and not only has noone ever sidled up to me and slipped me a copy of "the secret code for managers" Ive also never used these codes myself or even seen them in the wild (ie Ive never read references where…
38 posts, 20.Oct.2014
Planned holiday cancelled by manager
Posted image You being scheduled probably means that your boss forgot he gave you vacation. If something like that would have happened to me, I would have told another manager that there is a mistake, that I have vacation next week approved by boss x and have already bought the flights. Since you didn't do that however, you'll…
9 posts, 20.Oct.2014
Children of families of dual nationality
I'm similar to Jeremy, I brought up 3 kids here with no family around. My husband left about 6/7 years ago, so the last years were alone, but my children are in their twenties now and I couldn't be more proud of them. Despite having problems with schools and such, they've actually done really well here. You…
42 posts, 20.Oct.2014
British Cheese in Germany - Cheese from the UK
'The continent' may do, Germany certainly doesn't - rubbery, mild flavoured bland lumps of nothingness, or nasty cream cheeses with bits of pig or mushroom in it. Germany may do a lot of things well, but cheese is not one of them. There has been a huge variety of British cheeses for the last couple of hundred…
69 posts, 20.Oct.2014
Payback cards (bonus programme for shoppers)
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