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@Krieg This is just out of curiosity - decades ago I was put on an emergency tax class 6, and the employer just directly refunded me the difference a few months later when I got my correct tax card…
88 posts, 22:07 hrs
In life, some people are just by nature attention seeking and are happy for the attention to be negative. It just is attention. You, like the rest of us, have to decide when to feed the flames…
8 posts, 21:29 hrs
Yes, we have lots of public bookdrops, stopped at one earlier. The waiting room of my Berlin Ordnungamt also has one. Foreign is perfectly OK. "Nazi-era" content should be considered carefully in any…
131 posts, 20:50 hrs
Stay away from the outer suburbs. There are scores of wild boars roaming around out there. If you do happen to see any then turn and walk away while hoping they won't scent any suspect traces of…
74 posts, 20:34 hrs
my GF took driving classes at the Driving School J. Harzer in München www.fitzumfahren.de 1. the instructor couldn't advice about how to use the rev counter (tachometer), and insisted on changing…
19 posts, 19:35 hrs
That was Laurin in Heiliggeiststrasse - I'll give it a go and let you know. Laurin is pretty small, so if that doesn't work out we could try their new(ish) place, Prinz Alfons at Ysenburgstrasse 3…
2,072 posts, 19:07 hrs
Why does this man's name sound familiar? Oh, yeah, he's one of the men who savaged Anita Hill over her claims of sexual harassment by Clarence Thomas, now the silent partner on the SCOTUS. If…
45 posts, 18:52 hrs
Difficult to "prove" even with a number of experiences. But if you were sterile for decades through your supposedly most fertile years (and no doubt about the quality of the man's juice) and then do…
9 posts, 18:05 hrs
For anyone looking for an English-speaking gynecologist in Munich, I would def recommend Dr. Sattler. He is really friendly and speaks English. The office is in Arabellapark. He also accepts all…
1 posts, 17:44 hrs
I am looking for a good VW/Seat/Skoda service and repair shop in the Cologne area, the closer to Innenstadt the better. I find that anywhere in the world it is easy to find a service shop, but to…
84 posts, 17:40 hrs
Non-native English songs are full of typical ones, of course. It's widely known that since many years she hasn't seen a rifle in Fernando's hand. (But Abba are terrific source of EL material: The Day…
2,869 posts, 16:14 hrs
The girlfriend is out of town and the house guests have headed off to parts unknown so instead of seared pepper tuna and beef steaks over rice with couscous and mixed veggies, I'm cooking (well, at…
4 posts, 15:57 hrs
If you live in Germany, you are supposed to declare world income and put yourself at the mercy of the tax authorities. If you don't and they find out somehow, you'll have a problem. Depending on if…
1 posts, 15:23 hrs
Just want to let you all know about our event coming up next week (a great chance to meet English speakers in Bremen!) : Bremen English Theatre presents a staged reading of Neil LaBute’s wickedly…
315 posts, 15:22 hrs
Against ticks, permethrin-treated socks and trousers are much more useful - they touch it, they die. You should not spray DEET underneath clothing, and that's where ticks will try to get to.
6 posts, 15:18 hrs
Hello, I am Angelika, 45 years old, still youngish and young looking, cultivated, cosmopolitan, cheerful, half German/half American, mother tongue German but almost fluent in English plus very good…
10 posts, 15:03 hrs
I know this is an old thread but I'm in the same situation - I moved recently from Dessau to Berlin, and was wondering if I need to change my eAT card because of an old address. My purpose of stay…
2,726 posts, 14:23 hrs
As the war on words escalates about Russia being involved in the Skripal's poisoning, Jeremy Hunt turns up the heat. He has ordered that the Ferrero Rocher are to be withdrawn from the Russian…
980 posts, 14:15 hrs
I asked my wife what this bird was called in German and she said, "Elster." I thought it was odd to name your tax software after a bird, but, upon looking at the translation, it all made perfect…
9 posts, 12:26 hrs
No I have not. Yes, I thought of that. But I thought I would reach out to TT community for hands on experience. Someone else must have submitted a W7 for a German citizen already. IRS said a…
12 posts, 12:24 hrs
Hi everyone, Thanks a lot for your input. One follow up question. We initiated our application procedures for citizenship and permanent residence without the help of lawyers. I managed to get…
6 posts, 11:41 hrs
I have sponsored through SOS children's villages in the past and my brother has too. The way these work, they take orphan children or children who have been removed from the custody of their parents…
6 posts, 11:35 hrs
It is also potentially evidence of fraud because fake transaction slips could be taken as intent to deceive - which does take it more to crime. They could try getting more documentary evidence like…
7 posts, 09:48 hrs
Yes, well put. That's one of the factors why a lot of us choose such areas . Berlin's still got quite a lot of them, especially outside the centre. Ideal if you want a cheaper quieter life and also…
22 posts, 08:24 hrs
I am surprised you haven't heard of it. When I first moved to Frankfurt I considered buying a flat with electric floor heating. I didn't because I was worried about the cost. One house I lived at had…
148 posts, 00:33 hrs
Two weeks after chemintz, I've noticed that my German work collegues have become nicer to me. Especially after that Maaßen incident. It's almost like they are really hurting and trying to let me…
13 posts, 23:15 yesterday
Big thank you to everyone!!! I am very grateful to you all. It's beginning to make more sense . I must study the form and links more given time... I have a three year old occupying my time alot)
48 posts, 22:39 yesterday
I assume you are fully earplugged up. Right to leaving the house . Full on double dose or whatever (Ohropax Classic or similar). I am home-based at home and even with out that sort of thing, I am…
13 posts, 22:04 yesterday
> But they couldn't manage to print the ticket (what a lucky trip), so they gave me the ticket number on a piece of paper. The real lesson to take is that one needs to get a bit more…
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