Tue

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  1. Hi

    My other half has always had a bike and currently an R1, bought brand new, to insure fully comp would be €2000 + :doh: which was a quote with the company we have the car insured through. It had to be insured independantly (not allowed to go with car insurance) and for 3rd party which is €450.

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  2. Hi Hellie,

     

    knowing Darmstadt Landkreis it will be for your 5 year residence permit and for you to explain how you are being supported if not working (nosey sods). I presume you speak German as in Darmstadt they have large signs printed in perfect English which say " ïf you do not speak German you will require a translator ". I just waited for the letter to arrive which summond me to go and then they had no choice to see me as it was at THEIR request. Best to have absolutely every thing with you and I mean everything as it cuts down on alot of time and means that you dont have bob in and out of the office and sit in the corridor for hours waiting for a next turn, just becasue you did not have a pen!!!

     

    At the end of it all the woman I saw admitted that really you should not need a residence permit anymore as the EU is one big happy family. Yeh right!

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  3. I think you will find that the country of origin in these cases usually means the country from where they are being moved from. In your case France. You will have to get the certificate from one of the government vets, they are usually listed on the Agriculture and Fisheries web sites, France has one, but I dont speak french! Or your local vet should be able to tell you.

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  4. We pay €30 a year dog tax for our Husky and he is registered at the rathaus, they provide you will a little coloured metal tab that he wears on his harness, plus we have him insured for which we pay about €120 a year, not that he would run off, get out or bite its more in case anyone did anything to him. Our yearly jabs are €50. I find it works out alot cheaper than the UK. :D

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  5. I have twice flown my 3 pets from UK to Cyprus, and now just my my dog to Germany. It does not really matter who you use or whether you do it yourself I have always cried or got stressed out at the thought of my "babies" being in cargo on their own. My 2 cats were allowed to travel in the same box from UK to Cyprus but I do not know if they still allow that now to other destinations. The Berlin embassy has a good link and provides a list of routes and authorised handlers:

     

    http://www.britischebotschaft.de/en/embass...ulture/pets.htm

     

    If you do decide to take them to the airport yourself allow plenty of time as the air weigh bills are usually typed by a one fingered wonder. :wacko: With Lufthansa we had to pay about 40€ extra for handling and tax when we collected my boy from Frankfurt that we did not know about so take some extra cash. If you are not collecting at the other end then most Pet Air Freight companies will collect and take to an address or kennal of your choice, these are usually based at the airport. Most airports however refuse to recommend a freight company and so you have to go with your gut instinct, but its worth calling a few. I have avoided late night flights as things can be held up due to staff going home and even though you have your pet passport some cargo centres staff are not that clued up and forget where you are flying to and can demand that you see a vet, but one is not on duty and say "come back and collect in the morning", even though you dont need to if you have your paperwork. I just screamed at the poor bloke, burst into tears and continually stuffed the paperwork in his face until he realised I meant business and refused to leave without said dog. He then agreed with me apologised said he had my Husky confused with a Great Daine from UAE and that we could go around to the collection point and get him :D . Try and choose a morning flight if available.

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  6. I dont know of one in Frankfurt but we have one in Darmstadt run by a couple of girlies!!! My other half went for a quote on a cover up (wants a tribal over his tigger :o half arm) and his ear pierced again. They speak English and have been recommended to us, very clean and very nice.

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  7. We are provided with postcards by the rathaus which has all the items listed for electrical müll and another card for everything else. When we required bulk rubbish to be removed we fill it in and post it off then they post back a date that they will collect. On the electrical one we have PC monitor and so we ticked it!

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  8. I read that you can get a 350 euro decrease in your diesel tax if you get the required filter by 2007-8.

     

    I have asked around and unless we are doing loads of kms I am better off with my petrol engine. The fact is I spend alot of time in stationary traffic and we thought that a change from a 1.8 turbo petrol to a 2.0 TDI would be better. Is it also true that not only the price is more expensive to buy the car but insurance as well??

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  9. Just got ours out again and over a 3 month period (obviously when it was bloody freezing) we used 1000 units of gas (or pounds of gas or whatever they are counted in, gassy doo dars!! :blink: ) However looking at our reading today against when the guy came to read it last month we have only used 100+ due to the heating being off.

     

    As always we will pray that in the next 6 months we are in the blue and not the red, and no doubt we will be as its summer, then the payments will go down and the whole thing starts again!! Unless we confine ourselves to one room.

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  10. We have just had our new monthly payments come through for our utility bills and they have worked out that between the 3 we have underpaid by €600 in 6 months and have "worked out" our new monthly standing orders which have gone up by at least €50 each in the last 3 years !!! I would understand if we had kids but its just the 2 of us! :angry:

     

    We are with Entega. Has anyone else had a shock?? :(

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    Werthhem-Village

    Spent an hour and a half getting there, walked around in 20 mins and left. Outlet shopping at its worst and to tell you the truth its not even shopping. They have opened it before they have managed to fill the vacant leases. Its looks very nice and interesting from the outside but its really not what you know "outlet shopping" to be. :(

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  12. We are off camping at the Rock Am Ring in June and would like to now what to expect.

     

    At the great old age of 36 its my first rock festival experience and felt it was something I had to do before I snuff it. But as usual the girlie niggles are kicking in i.e where to pee? Reassurance that I will not come back as a hippy would be most welcome, however I am thinking of ditching the bra for the weekend. :o

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  13. Try making the assistant wait for payment while you put all your "well thrown" shopping into the trolley. Not only does it annoy her it also annoys the hell out of the person who has been pushing you forward with theier trolley so that they can start putting their shopping on the conveyer.

     

    I still dont understand why they have 6 items or less when everyone goes through with 10-12!! or alternatively 6 trays of 24 assorted dog food! :angry:

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  14. The Finanzamt in Dieburg have taken a leaf out of Asda's book and have a number system. You go in take your number and as you would expect you take your turn, it’s all very civilised. I have yet to see a smile when I asked for 3 pork pies and a Hawaiian pizza!

     

    Plus cyclists who are a rule unto their own on the road and on the pavement, infact wherever they want to be! I have on many occasion had to dodge a random cyclist who decided that there where too many people on the pavement and so just bounced off the kerb into the path of my car!

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  15. Being woken up on News Years day by one of the neighbours who was filming our garden and shouting we were not normal for having fireworks the night before on our own property and we should of used the road! After a huge argument witht the BF he demanded we pay for his car to be resprayed because WE (not the entire population of Germany) had put soot on it!!!

     

    Luckily BF was still pissed and told him in no uncertain terms to prove it and while he was at it why did he not use his garage on the most sooty night of the year!!

     

    Our other neighbours thought that he was trying to pull a fast one and get a cash settlement from us, probably thought the stupid "quiet" jock would just pay up. Oh how wrong you are to mess with a scotmans on New Years Day!!

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  16. First Direct dont charge, however my BB Bank here did!!.

     

    Interesting point as I asked my German bank the other day if they could issue me with a UK cheque as I no longer have a UK bank account and they said no I would have to apply for a full cheque book. I dont see how they cannot give me one English cheque but I can have a whole English cheque book for a German account :wacko:

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