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  2. English speaking doctors in Essen?

    Anybody have a recommendation for an English speaking physiotherapist in Essen?  I have a prescription for ten deep tissue massages I need to start on.   Thanks.
  3. We're heading back to the USA as of June 1st, leaving our apartment behind. I see a lot of requests for family-friendly apartments, so I thought I'd post here. Last time I asked the landlord said the new rent would be 1760 EUR, 100 EUR for the underground car park. Nebenkosten would be around 350.    That's a lot, but it's big. It's about 120 square meters, 3 real bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and there is a kitchen. It's not a great kitchen, but it's okay. We basically inherited it from the previous resident and it was fine for us, but the landlord is also happy to remove it entirely if you like.  I can leave all the lighting fixtures, and I'd sell the dishwasher, washing machine, and refrigerator if someone is interested.    The location is fantastic. It's on Mildred-Scheel-Bogen in Schwabing I can walk to Scheidplatz in about 8 minutes if I hurry, and the 142 bus bounces back and forth between Scheidplatz and Münchner Freitheit every 5 minutes or so. There's a Rossman and an Edeka on the same block, a Penny across the street, Shinzoo Sushi just opened on the corner.   It's 1.5 floors above ground, nice balcony, huge windows. Our kids were running around in the common courtyard since they were 3. Very family-friendly and quiet building too. If you're interested, let me know. I can forward contact information on to the landlord or possible arrange an informal viewing.
  4. Nuances of subletting contract

      There is no way at all to start a company without an address, neither inexpensive nor expensive. Your company has to be registered and you have to give an address.   And neither the landlords nor the cities permission will be given without questions.  
  5.   1 May is a holiday.  Some schools are taking the Monday too.  So could be a nice 4 day break.
  6. Will this be World War 3?

      Ireland and Sweden also allowed Poles and other accession countries' citizens to work from 2004.
  7. If you like a small town feel with subway connection to city look around Sillenbuch too.  Can't comment of kindergarten situation, sorry!   https://www.google.de/maps/place/Schemppstra%C3%9Fe,+70619+Stuttgart/@48.7376986,9.1998764,14z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x4799c3746e7d5993:0x53228916aff14af!8m2!3d48.7370665!4d9.2150109
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  9. Good horror films

    This one was great. "I like you"      
  10. Joining the Bundeswehr

      Less than that. Between 1991 and 2017 among the 410,000 Bundeswehr soldiers deployed abroad during that time the rate of death was 0.027%, the rate of injury 0.322%.
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  12. Jokes

    What's the difference between a garden pea and a chickpea?       Trump has never had a garden pea on him.
  13.     And I am also taking your advice, I will come in for a year and see how I like it. I am not interested in english only courses, I mean I am in germany, I dont want to study in english ideally, but hey. I am very much financially independent, so thats one of the things about germany I think I would like, I did some calculations and I would be saving half my living expense vs sweden (that was another option) or even here, plus point being I would be where I want to be among folks I want to be around (or so I think). No, I am not worried about getting a job, although I am sure I can find one if I wanted / need to, having a job may make mey intention look more legitimate if I wanted to apply for a a longer residence. I do have a friend in germany but as you know what would germans know about being a foreigner in germany and immigration and stuff. you know, hence I came here asking.   agreed, I have noticed things have a way of working themselves out often, to be honest with myself, as you say, I think I can do it. I will try it for a year or two. thumbs up.   I also contacted the university and went through my old emails, I dont need to have B2 to enter their courses, they offer an specialty course for a few months beforehand (before the semester begins) for those who have less than A2/A1 German/little exposure to german. So I think I will be alright.   any other pointers or suggestions, things I can do better in terms of residence,  vice versa in regards keep em coming,
  14. Also a very happy customer of TransferWise, have made some substantial savings over the last couple of years transferring from GBP to EUR
  15. Fernsehsessel Armchair + Dombas Kleiderschrank

    Since time is running short. Final price update. 1) Fernsehsessel Armchair with Fold-Out Foot Support Selling for 30€   2) DOMBÅS Kleiderschrank White IKEA Nos. 2 Selling for 10€ (each)
  16. Elternzeit general questions

    Hi all,   I have been reading a lot about Elternzeit and Elterngeld and I am still confused.   Me and my girlfriend are expecting a child for the beginning of July. We are both employed and I would like to take one month off to stay at home with her during the first month of the child and then take one other month off later for Christmas. I have a couple of questions.   1. When I apply for the Elternzeit I have to do it 7 weeks in advance and specify the dates. This is kind of strange because nobody really knows when a child is coming. I assume that this will only be an estimate of the dates and what the employer really needs to know is the amount of time I will take out, correct? Can I simply write that I want to take one month Elternzeit starting from "Date of birth (expected 1. July) - One month after date of Birth"? Then if the baby only comes on the 5. July that is when the Elternzeit starts and not on the 1. July written on the application.   2. I think I can split the 2 months because lots of people told me they know people that did it but after some research I found a website that says that something like that is not possible. That if I want to take parental leave as a father I have to take at least 2 consecutive months and they can't be splitted: https://www.arbeitsrechte.de/elternzeit-vater-splitten/ Is this information trustable? I asked my boss and he has no idea about this splitting thing. He says that everyone working with him always took the 2 consecutive months. I am afraid that if I try to take only one month now then I will be refused the second month or I will not get Elterngeld for it. If that is the case then I would rather take holidays for the first two weeks of the child and then take the whole two months later on.   3. I know that I can only apply for Elterngeld after the child is born but still I don't understand how to do it. I found some forms online that I will have to fill but where do I have to deliver them?   I assume that this questions where probably already answered but I read so many things that I am completely confused. Some people say A others say B and then I find a website that says C. My girlfriend is German and has also been reading some things in german but somehow nothing really makes sense.   I would be extremely grateful if someone could clarify this to me as if I now am 5 years old   Cheers!  
  17. What made you laugh today?

    uncontrollably  
  18. We play our next game Wednesday, April 25th at 6:00pm.   We will be at location 1 near Chinese tower. As always, please bring a light and a dark shirt.   Map to location 1: http://goo.gl/maps/KGGZ   See you on the field!
  19. Hatha Yoga for the Chakras

      Aruna you put it way better than I could. If you know yoga you'll know "lines of energy". In each stretch there is one. I think they activate the meridians in the body. I've definitely sensed it up the spine and down the front to my "core".    In Chinese medicine there is the San Jiao or the Triple Burner which are the elimination, reproduction and digestion regions of the body. Qi Gong basically massages these areas, as does hatha yoga. Moving the body around this "core" simply has to benefit this area, every single day. You do not need science to prove that, your body just feels better.   There are links between Buddhism and Taoism which many here don't understand. I personally love the Tao.
  20. A man turned up yesterday morning, saying he's from the electricity company and we should have received a letter saying he was coming to change our meter. I said no, I had no such notice (actually, the letter arrived later the same day). Anyway, he was genuine and he had come to change the meter because it was a new law by the Bundesnetzagentur. So I asked him what the difference was between the old and the new meters. Basically, he said, the new ones have two years of storage of information as opposed to the old meters with one. OVAG alone, my electricity company has to change 270,000.  Just for a change in how much data they store?  I hope someone will correct me here with a more logical explanation. The change was kostenlos, which to me means electricity prices will go up next year to make up for the cost of this stupid exercise.
  21. Jewish guy* films his own Antisemitic attack in Berlin

    Perhaps you are suffering from confirmation bias. Good night.
  22. Fockenstein (1564m, 17km, 1100hm)   Munich Hauptbahnhof, in front of platform 33, at 07.45am on Sunday 29. April 2018   This week we are experimenting with using Meetup for sign ups...   Please sign up on Meetup to join the hike up Fockenstein.
  23. What's got you flummoxed today?

    Or as the song from WW2 goes “Whale meet again...”
  24. Why are you happy today?

    Why am I happy today?  My better half is due to return on Friday after spending 6 weeks with her mother. House spick and span, wine delivered, flowers arranged for Thursday.   Back to enjoying good company and freshly ironed shirts 🤪
  25. Frankfurt Black Women in Business Organisation Starting a new life as a diaspora female expat, in a country where you are not fluent in the language is challenging yet surmountable. For those corporate and entrepreneurial professionals looking for new entrepreneur opportunities in Frankfurt, there is a small, new organisation that is looking to help people like you. You can connect on Facebook, or at the website. If you have a business idea and need support with like-minded business ladies, this organisation is just for you. The communication is in English. Have a look at: (1) https://www.meetup.com/Frankfurt-Ladies-of-Colour-International-Group (2) https://www.FrankfurtLadiesofColourIntGp.blogspot.com (3) https://www.facebook.com/Frankfurt-Ladies-of-Colour-International-Group-2204534022905443/
  26. What made you smile today?

      I recall this being on before and I called it the Bridge of Sighs. 
  27. Growing salad in the cellar to sell

    We need some weed... for salad mix... salad I can find at any shop.  
  28. Malm chest of 3 drawers FREE

    Gone
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