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  2. Hi everyone,   In about a month I will be moving to Ratingen, near Dusseldorf airport.   I will be involved with a startup based in Köln, and at the same time I will be working a mini-job (3 days/week) in Düsseldorf town centre. I am trying to explore options for train travel for my situation:   3 days a week: Düsseldorf Flughafen - Düsseldorf Bilk 2 days a week: Düsseldorf Flughafen - Köln Hbf.   Having looked online, the monthly NRW ticket seemed like a good idea. As far as I understand it, you need to define a starting stop, ending stop, and a middle stop. My idea is to say I will travel  Düsseldorf Flughafen - Düsseldorf Hbf - Köln Hbf.   The question I have is whether Düsseldorf Bilk would be a valid station on this route? There are two routes you can take between Düsseldorf Hbf and Köln Hbf: One through Leverkusen, and one through Neuss. When I go to Köln I would travel through Leverkusen as this is faster, but Bilk is on the branch which goes through Neuss, which while slower, is still technically a route between the two stations. If my ticket is checked between Bilk and Hbf, would this likely be an issue?   I plan to speak to someone at the train station when I arrive, but if anyone has any knowledge/advice on this, I'd appreciate it!
  3. Only in America...

    So, just to be clear, Loretta - are you pro-rape? Or is it pro-incest? Or maybe pro-theocracy? Or D) all of the above (and most likely your high school GPA)?   Sorry, but your point is as clear as your identity as an Estonian female at this juncture.
  4. I do agree, Weevil. The system is “ something else “ ( which helps me earn a living by trying to be up to date !) but, honestly, there shouldn’t be such a complicated system. People want to look after their best interests within a system so that’s why people will look for solutions to their problems and this is not exclusive to health insurance in Germany.   The vast majority of newcomers to Germany  are really dependent on hopefully Best Advice but this is rare in Germany. Misinformation is commonplace - regardless of whether from a public health insurance employee, a private health insurance employee or  a tied insurance agent and it is difficult even for an independent insurance broker such as myself to be fully up to date. Did I say difficult? I mean.. impossible .. but we keep on truckin’.😟😟
  5. 500 € BONUS FOR NEW EMPLOYEE OR RECOMMENDATION OF A NEW EMPLOYEE We search for: - Sushi chef - Kitchen Help - Dishwasher These are full times jobs and require: -ability to work legally in Germany -knowledge of English or German (kitchen operates in both languages) We offer you: - above average salary - plus tips - meals - 1 month paid vacation **Payment of 500 € after passing the probationary period! MUN Restaurant -
  6. Don‘t blame the cherry pickers. Blame the laws and those that make them.  
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  8. The problem is that we all want loads of fresh and unblemished fruit and veg... So the Clever scientists GM the crops...  this alters their growth rates, patters and allsorts this screwing about with the life cycle of the local wildlife...    Then as there are no natural enemies etc... a roague but infestation could wreck everything, so the clever scientists create inscticides to stop this happening...    Somehow... I thing clever can be substituted by dumbfucker too..   Have you never noticed the lack of bugs on your windscreen and front of the car after a rum out?       Whirled peas everybody!            
  9. German translators

    Hello Elissa   My wife is a German translator (English-Arabic-German) and is interested is there anyway to get in contact with you.   Thanks
  10. Ah, no one can stay with Mawista and CareConcept and co if they become a  “ proper “ employee - ie on a German contract but not on MiniJob terms.  It is either fully comprehensive  German public or German private insurance. And there the questions start : public v private. Public is compulsory if the salary is under 60,750 gross p.a. Private is an option if over that but, there again, there are issues re eligibility for public insurance if the pre-employment insurance was private...   The future kids? Definitely an issue and, depending on the other spouse’s situation ( employed and with own insurance? Not employed and at home with the kids?) , it may be that:   the kids could be co-insured free of charge through the other spouse   or   the kids could be publicly insured through the second spouse at an EXTRA cost per child of c. 160 euros a month or   the kids could be privately insured through the first spouse ( the privately insured one ) at at EXTRA cost per child of 130-200 euros a month.   Many possible scenarios and case by case...
  11. Fund taxation in 2018 and "fiktive Veräußerung"

    Hi all,   I just want to confirm one point: all information I see regarding this topic says nothing about funds that were also paid into during 2018. What I assume is:   * 100 units of X Fund held on 1.1.2018 * 50 units purchased throughout the year * I assume you would calculate the increase in value based on the 100 units you held at the beginning of the year   i.e. those new units don't factor in until the following year. This of course seems like the only thing that would make any sense (or be fair). But it would be great if someone could confirm this.   Thanks  
  12. Alternative titles of threads

    OK, nothing like the original, but I just couldn't resist ...   Honey, I shrunk the business
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    Dogs getting pensions in the Freiburg area
  14. When we lived in Mannheim, we used Hundehotel Neckartal. I recommend her without reservation.
  15. Do tell.  Just in case we ever need one!  Recommendations are always good
  16. We just took a walk through a sunny, humid woods and were covered up in bugs. I'm going to say, no, it's not normal to find no bugs.
  17. Bike locked up

      Management of train and subway stations clears away the bicycles every few years - but they put up numerous signs and attach stickers to bikes warning the owners of this several weeks beforehand. Rest assured, this is a thief.
  18. During a long walk through the forest and wild flower meadows next to our house, we noticed that we barely saw any insects, flying or bees nor butterflies despite the meadows being in full that normal for this time of year on a sunny calm day? 
  19. Bike locked up

    Thank you so much! Will do. One question though, is it certain that the train station management doesn't do this, like at all? I was just wondering if it was locked due to being abandoned for more than 2 weeks.
  20. Bike locked up

    Take your keys and photos to the police and ask them. Surely the actual to-be-bike-thief wouldn't do that if Spidey's speculation is correct.  
  21. Bike locked up

    The thing is, we don't have purchase receipts as we bought them second hand. Does having the keys to the lock prove anything? (The bike lock we used to bind the bikes to the metal bar) Oh, we also have photos with the bikes from last month so...
  22. Or should just sent the tax declaration as it is, with that 1500 euro in Zeile 21, and then the Finanzamt will do all the math ?   Ok I think that it works like I wrote in this post. About the software I just activated the voice for inputing the Doppelter Haushaltsführung expenses but without inserting any expenses and it automatically updated the total sum of money I should receive back by considering the additional taxation on that 1500 euro.
  23. Rental woes in Berlin

    tl;dr I guess the main issue, despite them confirming that Anmeldung is possible, is confirming that the landlords have authorized it, and the tenants aren't just making it up and possibly faking a contract. How should I go about checking this for myself to cover my own ass? Contacting the landlords/administration themselves, checking the main rental contract?
  24. Hi,   when I changed employer in 2018 the new employer paid me 1500 euro lump sum for move expenses. It was tax-free and indeed I found it in Zeile 21 of my Lohnsteuerbescheinigugn.   I am using a well known online software for my 2018 Steuererklarung. I put all my relocation expenses in order to have some taxes money back. Now I want to put this 1500 euro as a normal taxable income because this software doesn't automatically do this kind of reconcilation between Umzug expenses and this 1500 euro I received.    Can I just fix it by simply add this 1500 to the Zeile 3 (taxable income) ? 
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