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47 posts, 19:32 hrs
@john g. Your ex-brother-in-law is right though: Scotland has crap weather, or everyone would want to live there. To be honest, my "love" of Britain is somewhat ambiguous and "tainted" by having…
1 posts, 19:24 hrs
I am moving to Munich with my GF and our plan is to stay a pair of years (or may be little bit more) in a rented apartment and then try to buy our one. DUe to this "temporarity" we are looking for…
2 posts, 19:13 hrs
would be important also that they provide their service in english because my german is still basic. I contacted a well known one, they answered me no problem in doing in english but when I wrote…
4 posts, 19:11 hrs
This week we have a Toytown reservation for 7:30 pm at Sarovar, Fürstenstr 12 (corner Theresienstr), 80333 München. http://www.sarovar.de/ Nearest station Universität U3, 6 or Odeonsplatz U3, 4,…
20 posts, 18:30 hrs
Did the Police issue an order that bared you from returning for 10 days? If yes you are lucky that nothing happened because your wife could not change that order by herself and if she felt like it…
16 posts, 17:58 hrs
It definitely sounds wiser to solve things internally, as involving Familienkasse before that might only complicate things, and brings a not very friendly atmosphere. But not fearing much for job…
35 posts, 17:41 hrs
To be fair, I don't know why you were posting in the first thread in the first place, if you have no clue what it's even about. The first sentence of the post in this thread was almost word for…
14 posts, 17:38 hrs
Oh, what a relief. I have been worrying about it for 3 whole years  I may get a decent night's sleep tonight! seriously - happy it was a mistake - for the sake of others with queries, did you…
8 posts, 16:20 hrs
Hello everyone, My name is Zoe, I am 25 and originally from Australia. I have extensive experience babysitting and working with children and am available to babysit on a casual basis (I am…
4 posts, 16:06 hrs
Students are normally adults so there are no special laws for them. A Kündigungsverzicht in a rental contract is perfectly legal, cash payments are also perfectly legal in Germany. However, you…
4 posts, 15:54 hrs
Thanks. I wanted to do this but was thinking it will be difficult without a Kundennummer (as I'm not the owner of the "Vertrag"). Maybe I should just try contacting them anyway and see what they…
105 posts, 15:08 hrs
Upstate NY, a small town called Rockland, near Suffern. TBH, can't recall if the specific road was in Suffern or Rockland, as our hotel was in Suffern and the event was in Rockland. It was in…
8 posts, 15:02 hrs
@Meysamm So sorry to have missed your posting! As it looked like there was no further interest on Thursday morning, we coordinated the rest via WhatsApp and I didn't check back here again. My…
203 posts, 14:42 hrs
Friday playgroup for English-speaking parents and young kids from 10:30-12:30. All are welcome! The playgroup is located at Kidlerstraße 15 of the Himmelfahrtskirche in Sendling. Walk through the…
15 posts, 14:42 hrs
I read your original thread and your posts here. I understand you wanting to "stick it to him" (although I usually get revenge by sticking it to his wife), I doubt you can do that by changing…
5 posts, 14:03 hrs
Just for the record, I ended up using a site called Anyvan. I got a quota of 500 EUR through a company called Lenyx and paid 622 EUR total (500 + 122 Anyvan fee). Luckily I was able to split it up…
1,507 posts, 13:02 hrs
Clinton email investigation: -2 yrs -0 indictments -0 convictions Benghazi investigation: -4 yrs -0 indictments -0 convictions White Water investigation -6 yrs -0 indictments -0 convictions…
584 posts, 12:55 hrs
Hi, I am new to Munich having relocated here in September last year. Its been hard meeting people and making friends as my work travel often gets in the way. Unfortunately I can't make next Wed…
32 posts, 12:28 hrs
So your contract is only for a year or do you have a "permanent, unlimited" work contract with your employer? This is important because although your work permit may only be valid for a year, you…
156 posts, 12:19 hrs
In that case, invest some of the fees not spent on these other experts. My experiences of buying in Germany (which were almost all from the developer) have never been bad but it is stil necessary to…
1,464 posts, 12:15 hrs
John, also worth trying is bicarb of soda, sold in DE as Natron. I sprinkle it down a drain, then add Essig Essenz distilled vinegar. Fizzes the crap away! i also feel like an intelligent chemist for…
88 posts, 12:12 hrs
That's probably your light touch, thin welfare state. I don't do bureacracy much because it's a state buying you and I'm not into anyone trying that. Of course, if states pump tons of money into…
7 posts, 12:03 hrs
Hello, I am looking for a babysitter as well. My daughter is 3 years old and my son 8 years old. We live in Riemerling/ Ottobrunn and I am looking for someone to do the pick ups from nursery at about…
4 posts, 11:53 hrs
Hello, We are a bilingual (german/english) family as well and have just moved to Ottobrunn. We would love to meet other english speaking families. Is this post still valid and are you still meeting…
7 posts, 11:38 hrs
@trr, I came here to link that list of psychiatrists! Glad to know Google is returning it too. There's also a meta list for English-speaking doctors in Berlin, if you need to look for other medical…
15 posts, 11:09 hrs
As the property company has to give written permission for the hauptmieter to sublet a room, I'm wondering if it's worth me getting in touch with them to say: I haven't been given sufficient notice…
36 posts, 10:01 hrs
The US 3 and 4 way stops are formally first come first serve. I think they're a great idea if everyone plays nice and there isn't too much traffic. The rule is often mentioned because it can be…
4 posts, 07:39 hrs
Hello, I am just going through old threads and realised I never replied here. So I went ahead and bought the apartment without Makler and there were no problems. I would like to share my…
31 posts, 07:37 hrs
Vodafone also have had their issues in the past, and I have experienced plenty of problems with them including a similar blackout which lasted a long time. Sorry but this is not my…
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