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About yomintyfresh

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  • Location Passau
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  1. Mailing (new) COVID tests to the US

    TL; DR: Have any of you tried to send new COVID tests to the US? What was your experience like?   As many of you know, COVID quick tests are a hot commodity in the US right now - the cheapest I could find was $19 for a pack of two with a three-week backorder, and over here, COVID quick tests are currently 80 cents at DM. Some friends in the US have chronic illnesses and asked if I could try to send some quick tests over. Some of my co-workers were able to bring some quick tests to their relatives in their luggage when they visited the US. However, I am not sure if new quick tests can make it through the mail and the local post office was not very helpful when I tried to talk to them in person.   Deutsche Post has guidelines for mailing COVID tests where the sample has already been taken (https://www.deutschepost.de/en/c/coronavirus.html), but not new tests. I can't help but wonder if someone at customs would try to classify the tests as "Gegenstände, deren Einfuhr oder Verbreitung im Bestimmungsland verboten ist" (https://www.deutschepost.de/de/b/briefe-ins-ausland/unzulaessige-inhalte-gefaehrliche-gueter.html) just because my understanding is that Abbott has a lock on the home quick test market in the US. There might be something else that I'm missing, too.   Hence my questions: Have any of you tried to send new COVID tests to the US? What was your experience like?   Thank you in advance.
  2. We're in Passau. Pre-COVID, we'd go over to the Czech Republic once or twice a year to get a few types of beer that my partner likes that aren't sold on this side of the border as well as whatever other groceries we don't usually have here and look interesting. I don't think we've ever purchased gas in the Czech Republic; Austria is much closer to where we live so pre-COVID, we'd typically go to Schärding for gas and occasional Billa runs. Groceries are usually more expensive than Austria than in Germany but if I'm over there, I like picking up a Dachsteinbrot.    I don't regularly see any Czech or Slovak items in stores here and have never seen any of the products you named in stores here. In terms of Hungarian items, Pick salami is pretty widely available, as are a few other items (Erős Pista, the various Univer seasoning "cremes," jarred lecsó, Unicum and Tokaji aszú if there's a good selection of alcohol...), but not a lot of other popular Hungarian groceries (paprikás szalonna, trappista cheese, Túró Rudi, etc.). Pre-COVID, there were a few companies that would travel to various supermarkets and sell Hungarian groceries there for a day or two each month. There was a huge mark-up on them though, so I usually just bring back a ton of Hungarian groceries when I visit friends in Győr once a year. Kaufland has a decent selection of Turkish, Polish, and Russian items. Around here, there are quite a few places to get Italian food, but other than that, locals can be fairly skeptical of any non-Bavarian food and aren't necessarily aware of the wide, wide world of food out there. For example, my very Bavarian partner had never heard of pierogi until I brought some home from Kaufland one day. I was recently craving Turkish köfte (specifically, a Gel Gör Köfte Spezial) and I don't know of anyplace that has them - just super average Döner, Dürüm, and Lahmacun. When I want Mexican or Korean food, it's better to order ingredients from Mex-Al or Dawayo and cook it myself. The food scene is getting slightly better, though. Passau is the first place I have lived in Germany where the best burgers around aren't the ones from McDonald's. There's a good Thai restaurant in town and a new place has báhn mìs. The Esskultur restaurants are consistently good to excellent. When the Austrian border is open, the Lukas restaurants in Schärding are nice if you're looking for something really special.