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I suppose the same conditions of how much you can deduct used for a home office should apply. The amount you can deduct depends on various factors, there are lot of discussions in Finance section,…
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Five Lake Ammersee Ride   Meetup: Sunday 30th August, 9:30 a.m., Marienplatz S-Bahn station (first level below ground)   Bring: sunscreen, sunglasses, water, raingear, money, bike (with both brakes…
54 posts, 00:08 hrs
A friend of mine tears open a brötchen and stuffs some crisps inside. He said it's common to eat it like that in S-Africa where he grew up. I've tried it, didn't think it was bad but not something…
38 posts, 23:57 yesterday
Sorry for the double-post, buuut:   I may have a group crystallizing in/around Frankfurt in the near future, to run Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition. Would anyone else be interested in hopping in?…
17 posts, 23:10 yesterday
Do you really believe it's better to be in a company that uses lots of different technologies and experiments with them? I've done that, and hated it. It usually leads to things being unnecessarily…
190 posts, 22:55 yesterday
It is looking a tad cloudy out there though. Dilemma; bring a brolly and probably lose it after a few drinks, or get wet but short walk to u-bahn. Ah guessing after a few drinks I won't care.
163 posts, 22:53 yesterday
  Dunkeldeutschland. Even Gauck uses the term. Well, there are actually areas in West-German cities where you can find a similar notion locally.   As for Heidenau, there were 126 officers on site. 31…
1 posts, 22:39 yesterday
Hi, does anyone know if the Rhine Rascals playgroup in Düsseldorf still exists? I think they met at the English-speaking church by the Aquazoo. I've been searching online, but can't anything about…
3 posts, 22:11 yesterday
Hello All,   I am a working mother and living in Leverkusen with my 1.5 year old child alone.   So, the current situation is , I wake up, cook food, get the baby ready , take her to creche, go to my…
45 posts, 22:05 yesterday
I'm looking for a steady babysitter. I have two litlle girls under 2 years old. I need around 3 hours 4 times a week. Hours need to be flexible with occasional nights and weekends. Hours might…
59 posts, 21:54 yesterday
Yes, or Heidelberg. I've actually found it to be quite a bit of a sanctuary, to be honest. It's not because of the cultural diversity or the American presence, just in general. I'm still in…
5 posts, 21:50 yesterday
I understand that train internet is via mobile networks, basically it's a big antenna which offers better reception than your smartphone. So, when there is no reception there is also no internet. But…
120 posts, 21:30 yesterday
In the meantime, I'm pretty sure you will be extending to everyone you meet that good old heart warming feeling that the person they are talking to is a pompous jackass who doesn't know his place.
5 posts, 21:23 yesterday
I have never heard of such a thing, but then, that's nothing new!   We have a couple of spare mattresses in the cellar, which we actually keep in a double-duvet cover - it keeps them clean, but also…
5 posts, 21:13 yesterday
Yes you can, see here. You can also top up online using your credit card or with Paypal (doesn't require registering, or setting up recurrent payments or automatic top-ups), see here.
87 posts, 20:58 yesterday
I've had two Touran 2.0 TDIs. One with DSG and one with 6 speed manual. Excellent engine, runs forever. Both ran from 0K to 120K+ with no problems. I preferred the DSG because it is essentially a box…
24 posts, 20:56 yesterday
Awful thing that happened at the airshow this weekend. I grew up enjoying such shows, but can't help wondering if they'll fade out of existence some day. Seen this happen so many times.   Back to…
6 posts, 20:33 yesterday
Well, I feel like an ass but it doesn't look like I'll make it tonight. Got caught up with something this evening. Hope some made it out though. I'd like to see this meet up revived for newcomers to…
1 posts, 19:11 yesterday
Sunday in Bonn from 10.00 until 16.00   The Rubensbasar is THE secondhand clothing sale exclusively for ladies sized 44 and upwards.   If you think you might struggle with the German language there…
51 posts, 18:56 yesterday
An ID card issued to all foreigners could be practical in some cases, but won't be as useful as a real national ID card.   I don't think you can use such ID cards for travel, for example, even if…
11 posts, 18:53 yesterday
MTB ride Saturday 29 Aug at 10:00 from the Taunus Info Centre at the Hohemark in Oberursel.   3-3½ hours / 40-45 km on the trails to the East of the Saalburg   Back in time for the “Welcome BBQ”…
1 posts, 18:51 yesterday
Saturday 29 Aug at 10:00 from the Taunus Info Centre at the Hohemark in Oberursel.   3-3½ hours / 40-45 km on the trails to the East of the Saalburg   Back in time for the “Welcome BBQ” at FIS…
7 posts, 18:42 yesterday
Try these guys - they'll do everything for €71.40 and they only need 7 working days' advance notice.   AFAIK there's no requirement to setup a no-parking zone unless you're going to be blocking the…
321 posts, 18:38 yesterday
I haven't heard past the basic third letter over a year ago, but now since I've registered my newborn daughter, I wonder if the GEZ will see her name come up, check her household, and realize they…
84 posts, 18:34 yesterday
Personally I wouldn't buy my 7 year old their own tablet. Until my kids were older we all shared the computer and it was in a communal room. Now my youngest has a phone with internet so she has a bit…
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