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Understandable. But you won't find a cheaper solution and even more so no substantially cheaper solution. Real healthcare costs real money and you can feel lucky that it's only 170 with TK (even as a…
107 posts, 22:00 hrs
Your timing is impeccable - it looks like that is indeed the case. According to a Tagesspiegel report today TÜV Rheinland has found "grave defects in technical systems", particularly in those for…
21 posts, 21:55 hrs
Personally i have seen same things in Stuttgart statdt Mitte but just once..few young guys were catcalling women passing by, i dont know if this counts as a crime/harrasement in eyes of law, but i…
375 posts, 21:45 hrs
Thanks John, I am basically all better already - they did an ultrasound of my heart, and liked what they saw so much that they asked if they could take pictures to use for training - heart is 100%…
24 posts, 20:31 hrs
Hallo jakurrpa Spiderpig above is correct. As you know it is your responsibility to ensure you have a mail forwarding service and that goes also for postal suppliers other than Deutsche Post. It…
1 posts, 20:06 hrs
At last! It has just arrived in Germany, and now even in Frankfurt: We are happy to announce that parkrun, beloved around the world as a free, easy and safe community run (5k) that brings together…
2 posts, 19:21 hrs
Hi, We are relocating to Munich from California, USA with two soccer crazy boys. In the U.S. they play "club soccer." My older son will be 14 at the time of our move and is currently playing NPL…
6 posts, 19:11 hrs
Yes, but the direct one is a very slow train, takes 5 hours as opposed to under 2 hours with the change at Mannheim. And they are not so often. And it costs more. Frankfurt(M) Flughafen…
1 posts, 18:47 hrs
Dust off your pussy hats and get your posters ready: We're hitting the streets on 20 January 2018.  For more info about the 2018 March and what it's all about, go to actionnetwork.org/ev...
11 posts, 18:17 hrs
Okay, by ordering a weekly ticket from the RMV website, I have received a non-VGF branded chip card in the post, which I was able to add to my profile on the RMV website and can buy tickets online…
24 posts, 18:15 hrs
I have an address in the UK so I just use it when it comes to renewal. I don't know what would happen after the UK leaves the EU. I used to have a Spanish driving license. It was over 20 years…
1,310 posts, 16:41 hrs
When newly learning the German language, do not repeat what your German step-father called you once or twice to someone you have just met. "Du Affe!" - Doesn't go down too well.
22 posts, 15:54 hrs
He is married, so the income tax is much lower vs. a single status and thus the possible church tax as well. I already saved more than €20K for not joining a church in Germany. I can now buy…
4 posts, 15:41 hrs
What do you want exactly? On your other thread about this @someonesdaughter gave you a few relevant train connections for that date There are various trains running. 15:52, 16:52, 17:23 (very…
956 posts, 15:39 hrs
The next meetup is Sunday, 28 January 2018, at Mil's Sportrestaurant at Hans-Denzinger-Str. 2 near the Milbertshofen U-Bahn station. The start time is 14:00, or if you can't come then, our…
18 posts, 15:38 hrs
Hi there I have a problem with a previous tenant. I let some rooms in my apartment out for a short period (2 months) with a basic contract. There was no inventory, etc. A security deposit was paid.
5 posts, 15:31 hrs
🎁 🎄🎄 Christmas notices 🎄🎄 🎁 🍺🍷 Friday Beergarden is open every Friday of the year. December 15th, 22nd and the 29th too. There's usually a smaller, cosier bunch at the end of the year. Good…
18 posts, 15:27 hrs
Just reading this and thinking that normally, we would send you around to collect and here you are asking. Here's hoping they'll just do the right thing and pay up, Spidey.
17 posts, 14:41 hrs
I did the French and the Portuguese Camino and they were both amazing experiences! I guess it will take around 2+ to walk From Augsburg, depending on how much you walk every day and how long you…
1,070 posts, 14:14 hrs
I feel sorry for David Davis, I think he knew exactly what cards he had, how the situation was and what he could realistically achieve. However he has the press and the more rapid EU skeptics sitting…
802 posts, 13:37 hrs
I just had a look in my records - I applied for German citizenship back in 2005 on the 17th of March and the Einbürgerungsurkunde was dated April 8 (also 2005), so it only took 3 weeks then in…
18 posts, 13:25 hrs
Hello, I am Angelika, 44 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…
9 posts, 13:20 hrs
It's never "refundable", you just lower your taxable income by the moving costs. So you get to save: personal_income_tax_rate... * moving_costs but not more than that. Yours is option 1,…
3 posts, 12:50 hrs
I have a flight at 7.20pm tomorrow and want to drop baggage on my lunch break at around 1pm. Flight is business class with British Airways. It's not exactly clear when the earliest time is, only…
7 posts, 10:24 hrs
We registered at our new apartment (Berlin) about 3 weeks before it was completed (which was also about 3 weeks before we moved in). The only issue was that since it was a new building in a new…
22 posts, 09:44 hrs
No, it says the opposite. "das gegen Sie eingeleitete Verfahren ... eingestellt." -> meanings of the German word "eingestellt". Have you ever thought about using a dictionary? You know…
1,366 posts, 08:26 hrs
Japanese company to start paying employees in bitcoinGMO Internet will pay portion of salaries in the cryptocurrency – whose prices have recently surged – from February A Japanese company will…
10 posts, 20:29 yesterday
That would have been more entertaining... after lunch, political professor twitter feed and I had a nice wee sleep on the sofa. Cheers! That is what I tend to do when some jackass parks in our…
62 posts, 20:28 yesterday
Jeff sees the world as a 7 year old sees Star wars. There are the Jedi and the Sith, the Empire and the rebellion. There is no in between. Like that 7 year old, he is not yet ready for the…
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