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  1. Hi, am calling from Microsoft. Your PC is infected    
  2. I don't know if anyone is interested, but in Pinneberg (so quite close to Hamburg , especially if you live on the west side) in a newly build area, an international school will open that covers pretty much all ages (preschool to 12th grade) : I am not affiliated in anyway, just noticed it after taking a shortcut due to road work, and thought it might interest some.
  3.   Read here :     For academics with recognized degree it is 48.800 per year. I don't know the criteria for other jobs.  A lot depends on the recognition of your degree I think :    
  4. Thx Lisa, i didn't know that about the Makler, I remember paying a lot but that is almost 10 years ago. You are also correct about 3 months Kaution is the maximum and probably what they will ask for, but in some cases they can ask for less, for some reason  I remembered it was less in Berlin but I checked and I was wrong.
  5.   Hi Mirush,   you can use an online calculator like this one :  to calculate approx how much netto you will get, based on what you said and assuming Class 3 in Tax, no church tax, no kid, age approx 26 you will be left with around 2188 per month netto.   You should look for a rent around 30% like Lisa said or less. Be careful of the following: - The price usually mentioned is the cold rent (kaltmiete), you should calculate the extra costs (heating, gas, water etc) called Nebenkosten. They can vary a lot between apartments (type of heating, energy efficiency of the building etc etc) - It is tough to get an apartment when you are new in Germany - Prepare to give 1-2 rents deposit in advance, and more than 1 to the Makler (real estate agent) costs   The following link will display current listings of appartments above 30 sqm, up to 650 euro cold rent within 5KM of Kreuzberg center:;;;1276003001034;;Kreuzberg%20(Kreuzberg)&price=-650.0&livingspace=30.0-&geocoordinates=52.49837;13.39598;5.0&enteredFrom=one_step_search you can play around with the filters for more exact results   If you want to live in a WG (shared apartment) you can also check here :   - Transportation. If you don't have a car, depending on where your work will be located, maybe the best option is a monthly ticket payable per month, check f.ex here : . Check with your company if they offer them or you can get it discounted  from them (some companies do)   - You should do a haftpflichtversicherung (Liability insurance) when you settle, it's a minor amount per year, but will help you a lot. There are people here in the Forum who can help you with that (John G, Starshollow, f.ex)   How much you can save depends on the rest expenses: TV,Internet, Phone, Mobile, Entertainment and your Grocery expenses.   Good luck !  
  6. What are you cooking today?

      I had polyp surgery 2 years ago and can sympathize. I don't know if you have allergies, but if you do, this will be the best allergy season you had in a long time. I didn't have any problem with the wounds after I left the hospital, but in your case I guess it is more  complicated (I went just for the polyp removal), but to fully regain my sense of smell it took some months (started improving after a month and was getting better by the week). Gute Besserung !   To stay on topic : I am cooking nothing today, just learned through a common friend, than an old classmate of mine from Greece is in Hamburg for some years now and we are meeting for dinner !
  7. Coronavirus

    Interactive Map with the confirmed Cases/Deaths/Recoveries :    
  8. Given the fact that the post from 2008 is and the user has not logged in since 2012. I strongly believe that :   1) You will get no answer 2) The spices have expired    
  9. Wisdom from pop music

  10. A letter telling me to pay a fine again?

      I have no idea if something like this is admissible or has any legal standing, but if your mobile was on you (and was an android, I can't say for iPhones if there is something similar)  you could go here (from your local PC connected to your google account) :  , find the timeline on the night of the accident cross check it with your call history and duration and prove it. 
  11.   That was always my biggest issue in Greece. Nobody eats spicy. Even spicy dishes are usually not spicy, or what they consider as spicy is even below what germans consider "pikant". I had a whole collection  of spicy sauces ,chilies, chily flakes etc when in Greece to cook at home. When you mention curry dish in greece most people thing of chicken with very mild yellow curry and bananas inside.   But if you go to the areas in Athens where Indians and Pakistanis live, there are little restaurants where they have traditional dishes with good spice. And I was told that in recent years some good indian restaurants have opened up that are much better in more "posh" areas.   And I tried a funny Indian/greek fusion  during my last visit in Athens, that apart from a few typical indian dishes it offers indian souvlaki  . It is like your typical Souvlaki take away but they serve it in naan pitta, you choose toppings and choice of tandoori meat :  (in case someone is interested)      
  12. I don't know in other parts of Germany, but in Hamburg most of the good Curry restaurants write something like :   "Unsere Küche würzt alle Speisen für den europäischen Geschmack. Sie können Ihr Gericht mild, normal (mit einem Hauch von Schärfe), mittelscharf (pikant), scharf oder indisch scharf (superscharf) bestellen." (actual example from one)   When I ordered the superhot one, I could barely finish it despite having a way above average tolerance to spicy food.. Despite that it was extremely delicious and not just a typical curry where the added some extract drops.   The thing that I find not spicy enough in Germany (apart from rare exceptions) is Thai.   Also regarding Currywurst , there are places (I remember one in Dortmund) where they pimp it with sauces/extract up to 15M Scoviilles (which I didn't try, but a tried a few grades lower and found it unpleasantly spicy without any good taste)
  13.   Dear Cels,   I plan to stay late tonight (like most NBA gamenights) and watch the Bucks play, which are also from Wisconsin. Would that be ok with you ?  
  14. Home security measures

    I have tried this one and it has a great value for money factor :   - 6000mAh Battery so you can use it in places without power supply up to 6 months , if you set it to activate by movement (and it will send a picture to your mobile automatically if it was activated - Very decent picture and video with audio (two way actually),works well under low light even night - You can connect through Wifi of course, but it also works standalone with micro SD
  15. What are you listening to right now?

    Floor Jansen is probably my favorite female singer. While quite well known for her amazing voice in the metal circles (she has been active for the past 20 years, most notable the last 6 as lead singer of Nightwish), she was quite unknown outside the metal community even in her country (Netherlands).   Until this show (Beste Zangers) aired recently. A group of dutch musicians from different genre gather for a few weeks and each week they all sing songs of one of the singers. Nobody knew Floor and they were caught my surprise. Pretty much every song she sung was Nr.1 downloaded song for days in NL, she announce a NL Tour which was sold out in 24 hours.   You can search for : Floor Beste zangers in Youtube, for all performances, but this rendition of Phantom of the Opera is really something. The man singing is Henk Poort dutch opera singer who has played the phantom part before:      
  16. Parking slightly on sidewalk

      Imagine living there and driving for 15 years (following all rules and not having a single ticket in those 15 years)...   In Athens the lights mean: Green: Go ahead Yellow: Go faster Red: First seconds = Go ahead, after that if no one is watching or coming still go      The only good thing about learning to drive in Athens you are forced to be able to park a truck on a space for a Smart   
  17. Parking slightly on sidewalk

      I see your Kiev and raise you Athens. Blocking pavement, bench, and parked 20m away from the entrance of the Central Police Station   :     Edit: Things are so bad, that caused this to start  : When I was still in Athens I had bought a block of 100 stickers (they say : "I am a donkey (= also dork in greek) and I park where I want ), and came really handy. The will even pay your fine If the car owner call the police for putting their sticker on (no driver has ever dared though  )
  18. Punography - Favourite Puns

    And the Lord said unto John, "Come forth and you will receive eternal life." But John came fifth, and won a toaster.   Puns make me feel numb but math puns make me feel number   How do you find a blind man on a nude beach?. ...It's not hard.   I tried to sue the airline for losing my luggage.. ...I lost my case.
  19. What made you laugh today?

    That would be an excellent use of the word John !