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  1. 3 people refused boarding with Easyjet

    Good advice for the wifully ignorant. I flew BER-CDG-YVR in July and that information was splashed all over the KLM/AF website and very clear on the Canadian government website. The poor woman who was denied boarding has only one person to blame.
  2. Wohngeld spiralling out of control

    For perspective, we're in a WEG in Berlin. The buildings date from the late 60s and there is a sizeable green space. Our building doesn't have an elevator or piped hot water. Our Wohngeld is €235 and has been for the 10 years we've been here. We normally get a little back every year. For a Neubau with elevator, €370 doesn't sound that out of line. It still wouldn't hurt to scope out some other property management companies. Although you can't attend the annual meetings, you should still receive a detailed annual expense breakdown and an agenda for any new outlays, plus a proxy form. Use your proxy right and contact other owners.
  3. How long to wait after making an offer on a house?

    It depends very much on local demand. If you make an offer on an apartment in Berlin, for example, expect a bidding war and a proportionally long wait for a response.For a freestanding house in rural Thuringia, the situation might well be different. Where and on what have you made your offer?
  4. Do German women stare at guys?

    Is this really the worst you have to think about? That goes well beyond first world problems. Put on your big boy pants, pull down the zipper and do what you need to do. I'll get my coat...
  5. Windows 11

    The description mentions Windows 11, the technical data specifies Windows 10 Pro. Fishy. I would take it back for a refund. Insiders apparently have access to the beta version of Win11.
  6. Loud banging from heating system

    Agreed. Same happened to us in a previous apartment where a valve had been installed backwards (!?!?). I would still start with the simplest, cheapest option (i.e. the €2 key from a hardware store and a few minutes of radiator bleeding) before moving to the more complicated.
  7. Loud banging from heating system

    It is normal at the start of the heating season. Bleeding the radiators should stop the noises. That's probably what the maintenance personnel did. It's an easy job and there are plenty of videos online.
  8. Consumer rules advice

    Digits crossed and thumbs pressed for you.
  9. Consumer rules advice

    Is the problem with Windows or the tablet itself? In any case, take the tablet, with proof of purchase, back to the store where you bought it. If I remember correctly, the minimum over-the-counter return policy is one year in Germany.
  10. That is indeed the going rate for a PCR test in Canada, no idea about the antigen test. I'm resident in Germany and fully-vaccinated, so didn't have to pay through my already irritated nose.
  11. I'm Canadian and recently had a PCR test here: Antigen tests cost €25, even for Brits
  12. The open market at Yorckstraße/Großgörschenstraße S-Bahn on Wednesdays and Saturdays may have them, as well as the discount shop at Kolonnenstraße/ Hohenfriedbergstraße. Discounters like Lidl & Aldi have such things from time to time.
  13. Travel to the US and back.

    Four weeks ago I flew Berlin-Paris Charles de Gaulle-Vancouver. I was a little concerned as I only had a scheduled 90-minute stopover at CdG and my flight from Berlin was delayed by 30 minutes. Breezed through CdG and reached my gate with no problem. BTW, returning to Berlin via Amsterdam last Saturday, I walked from the baggage carousel at BER to the S-Bahn station without being asked for my Imfpass, test results or anything of the sort. Makes me feel all warm and feverish, sorry, fuzzy inside.
  14. Advice regarding lying Vodafone technician

    Frequently, but glory is fleeting.
  15. Advice regarding lying Vodafone technician

    A long time ago in a land far, far away. The morning after a particularly out-of-hand party, the doorbell rang. Out the side window I saw a middle-aged couple I didn't recognize holding a few nice little books. With the confidence of a lot of residual ... substances ... in my bloodstream, I opened the door and glared at them in all my naked glory. They stared at me and at the various equally naked people sleeping on the floor and said, "We'll come back later." Still waiting...