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  2. So the cases rising in Florida and Texas is not a problem although a couple of pages back the cases dropping was an argument in your favour ? The reason people are confused by your arguments is because they keep changing.
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  4. and special extra greeny for the public transport advice.  
  5.   I believe you can divorce in Canada only if at least one of you is living there and has been living there for at least a year.   Your husband could ask a lawyer in Hungary if it's doable even though he is living and also registered in Germany. 
  6. Hey all, I was hoping someone could help me with my search for a used car. Specifically, I've looked at a few cars being sold buy private sellers (i.e. not purchasing from a dealership), and I get this recurring theme of being shown the car buy a 'brother', 'cousin', or 'friend', coupled with an elaborate story about why the actual owner couldn't turn up ("Sorry, I've just flown into Berlin, and I need to get a haircut urgently" - seriously that was one excuse). All of these are cars that I saw in person, which drove perfectly fine, and all three were happy for me to take the car to an indepenent mechanic or DEKRA to get it inspected before sale. My questions are: 1. Is there some obvious scam or reason for this I'm missing? Or is it one of the following: -(a) The cars belong to dealers who want to sell privately to avoid having to give the 12 months warranty/avoid paying taxes? -(b) The cars belong to dealers who received them then inspected them and were like "this won't last 6 months" and so they're trying to sell them privately to avoid the 12 month warranty (same as (a) but slightly more malicious)? -(c) the cars are stolen 2. Is there anything I can do to protect myself against buying a stolen car, or check if it's been written off before/been in a crash? (Similar to carfax.com in the States)? I know DEKRA do the mechanical equivalent of this, but is there a way to check if it's stolen? 3. Outside of getting a mechanic to look at the car first, are there any other steps I should do to be on the safe side? The worst part of this is, I'm looking to buy a car off someone who I don't think is a scammer, but who was out of town when I previously looked at the car and had his friend let me take it for a test drive... so I'm really struggling to tell the difference between genuinely nice person whose friend helped him out and weird seedy scammers. 4. Ultimately I might end up going with a dealer, simply for the 12 month guarantee. I'm VERY aware this is no iron clad guarantee, but the cars I'm looking at are all around 3000 Euros or less, and will be used for a holiday which would've cost 1500 in rental car costs - so if it's covered for that first period then I'm more than happy to let the used car gods do with me what they will. But is there anything dealer wise I should be aware of? I'm also going to request an inspection from an independent mechanic (DEKRA) if I buy there and do the usual due diligence. But would be grateful for any help. Thanks in advance!! 
  7. Thanks everyone for the replies, including the helpful research and the sharing your personal experiences. It sounds hopeful that A1 will be enough, and that I'd only need B1 if I went for permanent residence. I work in English so that's not an issue. I'll keep learning German though! I intend to get through B1, just not soon enough to apply for this permit, most likely.    
  8.   Realise that the OP has already had their visit this weekend, but I'll add my vote for beautiful Britzer Garten which is very popular with families and has so many options for all ages. Very relaxing, well worth the journey (M44 bus takes only 13 minutes from SBahn Hermannstrasse)
  9. How to avoid a serious tipping mistake

    Back on the subject of tipping in bars and restaurants, I operate on the principle that if a waiter/ess has brought it to my table, they deserve a tip if done relatively speedily. However, I never tip when I order myself at a bar, even though amazingly many Germans seem to find it quite normal. I fail to see how staff standing behind a bar are offering anything other than routine service.    At the same time, I think customers being served at tables is part of the deal to encourage them to give tips. Bit of a racket really on the part of owners. Just encourages them to underpay their staff.     
  10. I got married in Canada. It wouldn't work to divorce there, as neither of us live there or have lived there in the last 8 years or can get there right now. Hungary is another issue. My hubby goes there regularly.
  11. Where did you get married? How much does it cost to get divorced, here or there?   Indeed, best not to lie.
  12. the Olympic Games in Japan

    Blimey, you were busy today, Luke!😂 And all those f words! Swearing is frowned upon on here!😂
  13. the Olympic Games in Japan

    Our 3x3 men‘s basketball team won against USA in qualification and kept them out of Tokyo. They go for a medal. The normal 5x5 teams are not good. We are good at field hockey (m+f), football (f) and handbal (f) and we defeat Germany in  the water (pool, open water, surfing, sailing) or on frozen water (speed skating, short track), haha. 
  14. the Olympic Games in Japan

    The best Dutch basketbal player todday is Carlton Kloof.
  15. the Olympic Games in Japan

    Yes that was a well deserrrved victorry for France The Dream Team does not have my ddefeats. Briliant Victorry.
  16. the Olympic Games in Japan

    Jassou, Alex! As a keen observer of Greek society ( well, ok , in a Cretan village of 500 souls - most of them about 80 and dressed in black even in summer - HOT right now😂) .. erm, my usual comment is: Giannis? Why not the other three Greek names?😂 Michalis, Jiorgos, and Michalis again!😂 I am, of course , Giannis! Best name ever! Yeah, joking aside, will take a peek at your link❤️ And , oh, Mochlos was lovely this afternoon! Coastal village and Dimitris ( ah, the other name!) is the best chef on Crete!👍👍 Jassou, Alex!  
  17. Here's a thing on where to get divorced: https://www.kanzlei-hasselbach.de/2013/internationales-scheidungsrecht-wichtige-fragen-und-antworten/08/#scheidung   As far as I can see, if you are both living in Germany, you should get divorced in Germany.  If you were both from Hungary, you could get divorced there even though you live in Germany.  If one of you were living in Hungary, you could get divorced there.  You say he's registered there but also in Germany so that could be a problem.  Also as well as I don't think it's a good idea to lie and say that he doesn't know where you are.  Why not talk to a lawyer, here or in Hungary and find out?  
  18. Looking for adult swimming lessons

    Hello anyone still looking for swimming lessons. I'm re-selling 9 swimming lessons at Visuelle Swimmschule Berlin Grünewald. I paid 275 EUR for 11 lessons and am selling 9 for 175 EUR.  I can recommend this school for sure; I did my research on swimming schools in Berlin. This swimming school is in a super fancy neighbourhood (Berlin Grünewald) and the pool is an indoor pool for swimming students only. When I was there they had a really nice English-speaking teacher from New York- I also liked the small group sizes (max 5 people at a time) and the depth of the pool (you can stand without going underwater). All in all, good conditions for learning as long as you go regularly. Please DM me if interested. Pickup in Berlin Mitte. 
  19. Wanted: swimming teacher

    Hello anyone still looking for swimming lessons. I'm re-selling 9 swimming lessons at Visuelle Swimmschule Berlin Grünewald. I paid 275 EUR for 11 lessons and am selling 9 for 175 EUR.  I can recommend this school for sure; I did my research on swimming schools in Berlin. This swimming school is in a super fancy neighbourhood (Berlin Grünewald) and the pool is an indoor pool for swimming students only. When I was there they had a really nice English-speaking teacher from New York- I also liked the small group sizes (max 5 people at a time) and the depth of the pool (you can stand without going underwater). All in all, good conditions for learning as long as you go regularly. Please DM me if interested. Pickup in Berlin Mitte. 
  20. the Olympic Games in Japan

        Let me put it this way. The UK Basketball team ranks higher than the Dutch in Fiba Rankings ( 41 and 44th)  . Apart from Rik Smits who played in the NBA and had a decent career (late 80s and 90s) I don't recall another good dutch player.   And my friend John, being in Greece for so long you must learn Gianni's story. Born in Greece from Nigerian immigrants, had to sell CDs on the streets with his brothers. Ended up in NBA. Champion and Finals MVP this year, and highest contract in NBA now (extra fun fact the whole family is freakish tall, 2 more brothers play/played on NBA and the youngest in Spain).   A great book is coming out next month  : https://www.amazon.com/Giannis-Improbable-Rise-NBA-MVP/dp/0306924129 and a Disney movie about his life is on the way.   This is a good start : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrCU305tzmM
  21. Hello there! I'm re-selling 9 swimming lessons at Visuelle Swimmschule Berlin Grünewald. I paid 275 EUR for 11 lessons and am selling 9 for 175 EUR.  I can recommend this school because I did my research on all the options for adult learners in Berlin. This swimming school is in a super fancy neighbourhood (Berlin Grünewald) and the pool is an indoor pool for learners only. When I was there they had a really nice English-speaking teacher from New York - I also liked the small group sizes (max 5 people at a time) and the depth of the pool (you can stand without going underwater). All in all, good conditions for learning as long as you go regularly. Please DM me if interested. Pickup in Berlin Mitte. 
  22. Recording private conversations secretly

    Oh. I know how irritating it to ask a question and get no direct answers, but there is no law. The court can allow the video to be used as evidence if there is public interest in prosecution.   More you can read in this article: https://www.wbs-law.de/allgemein/die-verwertung-von-privaten-videoaufnahmen-vor-deutschen-gerichten-15570/
  23. the Olympic Games in Japan

    My dear Luke! Surely the Dutch should be the most efficient basketball players in the world? ( Maybe they are but I don't follow basketball!).. But aren't the Dutch the tallest people in the world? Or is that only the women folk? How is their basketball team?
  24. Recording private conversations secretly

    It's being investigated by the police by order of the prosecutor. It didn't happen in the US, it happened in a third world country. I just need to be pointed in the direction of exception to the law.   I'm not looking for advice.   As I stated earlier in my OP, this happened in another country, the person fled that country to Germany where he lives. Because he's German he is bound by German law worldwide. Which means he can be held liable for his actions here in Germany even if it occured elsewhere. He doesn't need to be extradited, the German prosecutor will have the police investigate, then after the investigation has been completed, will decide if they will charge him for the offence. 
  25. Hi everyone, My husband and I want to divorce. We have been separated for a while now, and we want to finalize our separation by divorcing. We are in agreement regarding everything, from items that we own to the shared custody for our young son. We have, however, a small issue with how much it costs to divorce here in Germany. From what I understand, it will represent a fraction of how much we each earn. My soon-to-be ex is selbst-staendig, he has his own business, and this year he earned well after having struggled last year with almost no work.  When it comes to the fees for getting a divorce (most of which, from what I gather, goes to the government), we find them unfairly high. As my hubby is from Hungary and is also registered there, we thought about trying to divorce there. In other words, he could find a lawyer there, tell him he does not know where his wife is and that he wants to divorce her, and file for divorce there (from what I understand, that could be done in Hungary). Once that is finalized, we thought about having it recognized here in order to avoid doing the whole process in Germany. My question to you guys: would a divorce Anerkennung from another country work in Germany? We are both registered here in Germany, however he is also registered in Hungary.  Regards,  Anne
  26. the Olympic Games in Japan

    Ah, the tallest player I have seen in NBA was Manute Bol from Sudan. He was 7‘7 in (2.31m). Skinny with 91 kilos and couldn‘t run or score, but he was good at blocking shot attempts. Once he blocked 4 shots in a row: block leader ! Funny was that he played together with the smallest player in the NBA, Muggsy Bogues (5‘3 in, 1.60m). Hilarious sight. 
  27. Recording private conversations secretly

    It's being investigated by the police by order of the prosecutor. It didn't happen in the US, it happened in a third world country. I just need to be pointed in the direction of exception to the law.
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