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71 posts, 14:44 hrs
So what's end game for the lockdown? The lockdown first went in force when we knew nothing about the pandemic so it made total sense, but now we know that it "ain't going away". The virus, much…
8 posts, 14:04 hrs
It will be Friday night / Saturday morning, which is why I'm worried that the station and surrounds might be a zoo. I used to love that sort of thing, but after a long train journey I don't think…
41 posts, 13:13 hrs
In Iceland they view a nursing home more like a hospital. You don't go there because you want to. You go there because you must. Children never have to pay and an elderly person does not have to sell…
56 posts, 13:06 hrs
yes. It was exactly because of her 2019 questionnaire that prompted me to revive this topic. If it took the previous 18 month period from before, maybe I could have hoped that I’d get it before my…
14 posts, 12:40 hrs
The landlord can normally increase the rent by max 20% in a period of 3 years as long as it does not go over the normal rent in the area but in some cities, this is limited to 15% and in Berlin,…
15 posts, 11:31 hrs
I have that kind of card from the the city of Konstanz for use of the ferry and and local swimming halls. You top it up with Euros and use it like a debit card. They give you a generous discount for…
121 posts, 10:22 hrs
I'm not sure whether you don't get this, are just avoiding what this means or just arguing from a point of 'never had to go though it so i'm going to just keep typing' type of thing. The law isn't…
13 posts, 09:26 hrs
Unfortunately not. The document is for my husband who would require a visa to enter the UK. I’m Canadian so I could enter visa free but it is useless since he has to be there. Plus with the COVID19…
11 posts, 03:34 hrs
I work at mc until a few weeks ago. Everything about this agency is bad. We made to come in to the office in Coronavirus times when it was illegal in Germany. We are bullied by CEO, and pay is low.
48 posts, 19:49 yesterday
This ^^^ Those who got the license converted from USA/Canada/Australia should find out that one way streets are often open for cyclists two ways, so you should always expect a cyclist coming from…
1 posts, 19:43 yesterday
Has anyone delayed registering their new apartment for more than 2 weeks, let's say 3 weeks? If you do delay what's the worst that can happen? Due to a family emergency I had to travel out the 2nd…
29 posts, 18:24 yesterday
Looks like Paypal are tightening up (EU regs.) I got an email from them recently informing that they will use a 2nd level verification (code sent to your mobile by SMS) for some logins and payments…
33 posts, 14:00 yesterday
Reminds me of when I was looking for a copy of the Koran. Asked at my local muslim store and they told me they had all sold out but he had it on his hard drive. I asked him if he would burn me a…
9 posts, 13:03 yesterday
@Nkwal That's really crazy that the airlines are the ones doing to the most enforcement, as like @optimista mentioned, rank and file employees are far more likely to make up rules to keep themselves…
2 posts, 12:15 yesterday
Does anyone have any experience moving their file from the Frankfurt Auslaenderbehorde to another Auslaenderbehoerde? How long did it take? I ask because I am in the citizenship application process…
64 posts, 8 August
If she takes out a pair of plyers and a blow torch or decides to opt for slicing him with a Samurai sword, I understood that she might face criminal charges. Okay. And if you pulled the AK-47 out…
1 posts, 8 August
So i have applied for the student visa, but my studies are over. I had to apply for the student visa for some reason. Now my studies are over and my application has already been processed at the…
7 posts, 8 August
I type this from a Center Parcs in the Netherlands, which we visit each year so that my other half can fish without stress - he intends to do the Angelschein at some point, but until then, this is…
5 posts, 8 August
It's probably a misunderstanding. It's not easy on the telephone if you're not a native speaker. Due to Corona you need to make an appointment at the Rathaus even for simple things like getting poo…
25 posts, 8 August
Yes, Prora was very interesting. There is a section currently being used by the German Youth Hostel association also. The architectural critic Jonathan Meades had a BBC series on surviving Nazi…
3,132 posts, 8 August
The letter includes several different sums, highest is 2200 with a payment slip of 1500 (could be an initial payment or it could be reduced for paying immediately). To be honest as i have no…
36 posts, 8 August
It´s pointless to have your matress sanitised aynway if you´re leaving the apartment on the 28th already. By the first any coronavirus contamination will no longer pose a danger (provided nobody…
13 posts, 7 August
Hello Apple! I have left a message for a lawyer contact of mine in Hamburg Harburg I actually phoned the other day about a question I had about something. I don‘t know if she does immigration stuff…
40 posts, 7 August
My tipp, now is a great time to buy new Ski's, I usually buy from Glisshop in France they have a 20% Discount on already discounted Prices since a week... Bought Atomic Vantage 2 years ago and just…
5 posts, 7 August
Your summary looks good to me. A part of the company I worked for was transferred to another legal entity. Those of us that were moved all got a long document from our employer but we did not sign a…
6 posts, 7 August
Ah okay. That makes sense for the 43 pounds cost of a brand new one. It is a case simply of whether the current regulations change and Bojo decides EU licences are no longer valid here after all, tit…
1 posts, 7 August
Hi everyone, since I am very interested in US-style boxing I was wondering if any of you are aware of "professional" US boxing coaches residing in Berlin. Best regards Nate
8 posts, 7 August
Has your wife considered contacting one of the international schools? The largest schools are MIS (Munich International School) and BIS (Bavarian International School). I know there are also several…
1,116 posts, 7 August
Read the article didn't see anything about Andy Ngo murdering someone, or did I miss it? Notice this on Twitter, Basketball Nova Scotia release Trans-Inclusion Policy. "Another rule in the policy…
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