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21 posts, 23:24 yesterday
I do exactly the same which irritates some tailgating Toytowner here. Let's see if he comes up here. Tailgating brain dead idiots think if they drive closer they will come faster to the destination.
36 posts, 22:16 yesterday
The reason it is "totally normal" in Germany is that is the only way you (1) get support and (2) have any chance of carrying on your profession. A big reason why Germany has had one of the lowest…
18 posts, 21:54 yesterday
One of the things that is easy to overlook about Berlin routes is that you can book right to your end S station and it does not cost any more in my experience. (Do not know about U). It costs no more…
9 posts, 21:04 yesterday
Just because I hate loose ends... Thanks everyone for your help with my son's apocalyptic toe adventure. It has taken months and a bit of doctor shopping, but it's all better now. Thank goodness!…
1,513 posts, 20:15 yesterday
just because you're saying it, does not mean it's true. I don't know much about your other assertions, but several people were convicted due to this Investigation: Jim Guy Tucker: Governor of…
42 posts, 20:00 yesterday
Hi, is this still up to date? I can wash inside my property, with my own drain, but people on the street can of course see me doing it. If I use a bio-shampoo, then does it make it perfectly…
54 posts, 19:58 yesterday
Yes, their former rather dipped. Not much let up. Just over a week since the last game, ticketing and planning for next season now in full swing. You know, start of August, summer will be passing…
6 posts, 19:46 yesterday
Yes, without it the file will be rejected. And once you have your number, first you need to get an ELSTER digital certificate with which to sign your Umsatzsteuer Voranmeldu... anyway, see this…
65 posts, 18:46 yesterday
Benjamin Britten. His operas are very difficult to sit through (I walked out on 'The Turn of the Screw') but some of his other works are a joy. Scott Polar Research Institute. The history of…
16 posts, 18:27 yesterday
Hey, sorry to bring this thread back from the dead, but I did my research and you can indeed park on the street (as I've been doing for 3 months). It's technically illegal, but tolerated with very…
54 posts, 18:16 yesterday
Sad but true. I know where it went the other way and my friend she had to pay half the house to her ex husband, even though she had inherited it from her family. Worst killer of any relationship…
8 posts, 18:07 yesterday
If it is critical (you have to repair it for the owner) or you want to invest, you get one of the local Polsterer (sp!) to replace them. Munich also has a shop where they would probably do it for…
109 posts, 16:26 yesterday
Excellent point. Be very wary of any family, friends, school contemporaries who choose to become offended if you do not fully embrace their habits and schedules as it has always been done. A firm…
1,025 posts, 16:19 yesterday
Hi Huzz, As you can see, NOBODY has showed any interest, you and I excepted. So I have no choice but to cancel it AGAIN. (Maybe we're going to have nice weather this weekend.) Since we are…
31 posts, 15:23 yesterday
Funny enough, the bank was fine with me explaining the documents to my husband before we signed them. But they were incredibly accommodating anyway. Maybe because they've been doing business with my…
11 posts, 14:41 yesterday
One thing I forgot to mention. Most areas allow non-residents to fish their waters if accompanied by a local with a license. However, the problem is that all fishing waters need to be managed by a…
21 posts, 13:56 yesterday
the U.S.A. has "totalization agreements" with countries like the UK and Germany which enable U.S. citizens to get a form from their foreign country of residence (z.B. Germany) to show the U.S. social…
40 posts, 13:44 yesterday
Absolutely. States do not do 80 million personalised solutions. They usually do cookie-cutter "one size fits all" rules to meet their policy aims and balance their budgets. The populace has to fit…
7 posts, 13:30 yesterday
No, sorry. But since you are here for 8 weeks only, none of them will provide you with a full scale therapy (that takes much more time). At most they can advise you 'first-aid'-like to deal with your…
3 posts, 13:07 yesterday
That's a good idea. I won't have asked has Client Office had basic elements available in their Teeküche; but they have a rather lavish Canteen, where external food are not allowed. So basically I…
1,695 posts, 12:22 yesterday
The first part about being the largest scam ever, I'm not exaggerating, it is the opinion of several top economists. Regarding environmental disaster, not only it is a huge waste of energy (and…
15 posts, 11:31 yesterday
I finally get in touch with the person who handle my case and they said they only going to review mine on July 18. I let them know that I supposed to work soon and they asked me to get an email from…
28 posts, 11:04 yesterday
Hello, here's a question from my side . At my company there is a Committee which is saying that it has similar roles to a Betriebsrat but it is not one . So they have elected members, they can…
96 posts, 10:45 yesterday
No experience here, but I know a couple of people who have driven to the UK border and been given leave to enter as EU family member, which the treaty essentially requires with or without a visa. You…
6 posts, 07:28 yesterday
If your contract states that internet is included then you are paying for a service which you are not receiving. As such, then it is fair to reduce the rent by an appropriate amount until the problem…
8 posts, 07:16 yesterday
Hello everyone! We are currently looking for a babysitter for my two children (4 and 5) minimum two days a week (tuesdays and Wednesday’s) if possible also 4 days a week (we now have a girl on…
86 posts, 05:15 yesterday
I am a BVG employee and I absolutely confirm that we target British women only. We are not allowed to check other nationality because of Brexit. We are instructed to ask how do you drink your…
21 posts, 00:07 yesterday
I was also asked for a Sozialversicherungsnu... by my employer. I didn't know my number, since this was my first job in Germany, but I got it over telephone, by calling my health insurance (in my…
71 posts, 23 May
I should have also said that, if you get exceptionally lucky and the KFZ-Zulassungsstelle agree to accept not only the Romanian registration but also the copies of Romanian technical safety test and…
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