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  1. We canceled the Lichtblick contract in March of 2010 and switched to another provider. So we have been paying the electricity companies the whole time. I moved out end of July 2010, and I think only recently did the WG move out as a whole, ie, ending their contract.

     

    But Lichtblick sent their contract for services rendered between 2009 and 2010 in Aug. 2012.

     

    That is why I'm complaining, that they are billing me 18 months later.

     

    I didn't notify them of my new address because they're sending me an invoice 18 months after cancellation. That's like telling your cell phone provider (or bank or whatever) your new address after you move to a new provider. Why would I? Why would I think that I owed them money?

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  2. Thanks for your responses.

     

    I thought as much as you two, but then I found this information:

     

    http://www.bundesnetzagentur.de/cln_1912/SharedDocs/FAQs/DE/BNetzA/VerbrServiceEnergie/Rechnung/Innerhalb_welcher_Frist_ist_die_Abrechnung_durch_den_Lieferanten_zu_erstellen.html?nn=125442

     

    If I understand it correctly, electricity providers have to invoice you for the electricity within six months of cancellation so that would make this invoice invalid, correct?

     

    Since it's been about 18 months after the contract ended, finding the ex-WG roommates has been trying to round up cats. If they had sent this to me earlier, it would have been easier.

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  3. So I used to live in a WG until August of 2010 and was responsible for the Lichtblick electricity payments. The payment was directly debited from a joint WG account, not under my name.

     

    When I moved out, I asked them to let the new person know to change the account to their name. They never did it, and it didn't matter because it was debiting from the WG bank account anyways.

     

    So they canceled Lichtblick in March of 2011 to change to Vattenfall and somehow only in August did Lichtblick send me an invoice for service between March 2010 and March 2011.

     

    The joint WG account doesn't have any money in it, and the ex-roommate under whose name that was told me that Lichtblick was trying to withdraw money from that account with an invoice under my name.

     

    So I called Lichtblick up and asked them about it. I asked them to send me the invoice to where I currently live. This was about a week ago.

     

    I've been trying to figure out who has been living there after I left and get in touch to ask for their part of the bill.

     

    Today I come home and get a second warning letter saying that they will send me to the repo man if I don't pay.

     

    I never got the first warning letter at all. I feel like the person I spoke to should have told me about the first warning or included it in the replacement invoice he sent me.

     

    I wanted to take care of it, but I feel like Lichtblick customer service is so bad, now I'm curious if they can even invoice me for the electricity when I was already living somewhere else.

     

    I know I should have canceled it now but I just trusted the people to do what's right in my old WG. Which I guess they didn't.

     

    So my question is can Lichtblick even invoice me for the electricity when I was already living somewhere else?

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  4. Sorry, I forgot to add that I've been an employee for the past 4 years and will apply for ALG1 when I come back from my travels. I am still researching how that works, but from my understanding, they pay for the same health insurance as before for 9-12 months, right?

     

    12 months if they agree with me quitting because my partner had to move for his job; 9 months if they don't agree with me.

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  5. A theoretical question : if I quit my job in Germany and I travel outside of the EU for about six months and come back to live in Germany, do I need to still pay into the public health insurance as an umemployed person during these six months?

     

    I was reading the threads regarding travel insurance, and that seems good to have, but most of them seem to be for travel for less than 45 days or so.

     

    So my two questions are:

     

    1. What are the pros and cons of paying into public health insurance in Germany when I am unemployed and traveling outside of the EU but plan to come back to Germany (most likely unemployed but will seek freelance / employee work upon return)?

     

    2a. If I pay into the German public health insurance (TK), do they offer long-term travel insurance on top of that?

     

    2b. If I don't pay into the German public health insurance (TK), what long-term health and travel insurance should I get?

     

    If it helps, I'm an American married to a German, who is potentially / theoretically going abroad for 6 months on a research grant as part of his job--so he'll be covered abroad and upon return through that.

     

    Thanks for your help!!

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  6. Hi there,

     

    I wanted to confirm what scoffer said:

     

    If you leave in the second half of the year you can claim the full year's leave entitlement.

     

    So if I turn in my notice and leave in the second half of the year, I get my full vacation? Is this true no matter what industry, etc?

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  7. Hi Toytown,

     

    I'm starting a new beginner yoga series on Monday, May 14 in Kreuzberg.

     

    It will be a sweaty, serious and sweet introduction to vinyasa yoga every 19:15 to 20:45 on Monday nights, May 14 to June 25 (no class on Monday, May 28), at Waldemarstrasse 36 in Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany.

     

    Vinyasa yoga unites the body and the breath through the creative linking of postures. My style of vinyasa yoga is a deep, challenging practice that will make you stronger and more flexible on the outside and softer (and more flexible) on the inside.

     

    This 6-week introduction is open to brand new beginners as well as those who wish to reconnect with the fundamentals of alignment and flow style yoga. (Also, a perfect opportunity to get that friend who has been meaning to try yoga to commit to doing what they say they'll do.)

     

    You are never too tight, too old or too weak to begin. Where do you want to be in six weeks' time? By coming to class for eight weeks, you will find yourself more focused, more grounded, and stronger--perhaps even better-looking. Don't wait to step into your best self!

     

    Class size: Class will be limited to at most 8 committed students, so you'll get lots of individual attention.

     

     

    Read rave reviews and results previous students have gotten from my Beginner Yoga Class Series:

     

    "I pushed myself further in Bettina's yoga class than I normally would--into a shoulder stand!" -- Max B.

     

    "I really enjoyed the classes. The postures...seemed to be very good for beginners, easy to follow but still challenging. The way you were talking us through the exercises was also very good, so we knew what to concentrate on. So yes...it was a very good course! I also think it's great of you to pay so much attention to everyone's questions." -- Mirja

     

    "The classes were coordinated so smoothly and flowingly and that made it easy to want to come to class every time. I reached the goals that I set for myself at the beginning of the course and this is mostly thanks to your guidance." -- Liis Kambek, Founder of Nutridata

     

    Invest 80 euros for the entire class series + my BONUS two yoga nidra mp3s for free to help you relax anywhere

     

    For more information and to sign up, please visit my website here: http://activehandsyoga.com/classes/6-week-beginner-yoga-class-series/

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  8. Hi there,

     

    I'm looking for 100% cotton paper envelopes and matching notecards in Germany. I've tried looking in the Berlin Kaufhof and the MacGeiz paper store, but they don't carry it.

     

    Does anyone know where I can find this in Berlin or online? I'm looking for something like this: http://www.paper-source.com/cgi-bin/paper/color/4-bar-note-cards/2505.010/201.html

     

    Thanks!

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  9. Hi Erika,

     

    I'm a yoga teacher, and I so know what you're talking about. I wear Lululemon too, but I have found a sustainably produced Pilates wear line produced in Berlin that looks high-quality and stylish. For example, I'd like to try their pants out: http://fildecotonshop.de/Pilates-Kollektion/Hosen/UEberlange-Leggins-mit-Zwickel.html

    I haven't tried anything from them yet, so it's not a recommendation on my part.

     

    I just googled yoga clothing online and found a shop that looks good: http://www.beeathletica.com/

    But two of the tanks I clicked on were mostly cotton/tencel rather than high-performance wicking materials, so I'm not sure how good their quality is.

    Here's a cute top: http://www.beeathletica.com/florid-boxback-top.html

     

    If you try any of these out, please report back on their quality / fit.

     

    Thanks!

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  10. Where can I buy flowers in bulk in Berlin and / or online?

     

    I am not a florist but I'm considering ordering a bunch of flowers for my wedding.

     

    It would be best if they delivered or is reachable by U-bahn.

     

    I have googled it but can't figure out if I have to be a professional florist to order from some of them, and many that I found on Google are in Bradenburg.

     

    And if you've bought from someone, please let me know your experience.

     

    Thanks!

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  11. Hi there,

     

    I just wanted to let people know about my new beginners' series starting next week:

     

    Get in the yoga flow!

     

    A sweaty, serious and sweet introduction to vinyasa yoga

     

    18:15 to 19:45 at Heilehaus, Waldemarstrasse 36, in Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany

     

    New series starts on Wednesday, November 9 for 6 Wednesdays 

     

    Vinyasa yoga unites the body and the breath through the creative linking of postures. My style of vinyasa yoga is a deep, challenging practice that will make you stronger and more flexible on the outside and softer (and more flexible) on the inside.

     

    This 6-week introduction is open to brand new beginners as well as those who wish to reconnect with the fundamentals of alignment and flow style yoga. (Also, a perfect opportunity to get that friend who has been meaning to try yoga to commit to doing what they say they'll do.)

     

    You are never too tight, too old or too weak to begin. Where do you want to be by the start of 2012? By coming to class for 6 weeks, by the beginning of the new year you will find yourself more focused, more grounded, and stronger--perhaps even better-looking. Don't wait to step into your best self!

     

    Here is a rave review from a recent student:

     

    I really enjoyed the classes. The postures you chose seemed to be very good for beginners, easy to follow but still challenging. The way you were talking us through the exercises was also very good, so we knew what to concentrate on. So yes...it was a very good course! I also think it's great of you to pay so much attention to everyone's questions. -- Mirja

     

    Class size: Class will be limited to at most 6 students, so you'll get lots of individual attention. To secure your place, please register for class in advance.

     

    Prices: Try out a class for 10 euros. 60 euros for the entire series or drop in for 12 euros per class. 

     

    Class schedule:

     

    November 9: Sun salutation a & Standing postures

    November 16: Sun salutation b & Back bending and twists

    November 30: Arm balancing & Hip opening

    December 7: Inversion & Forward bending

    December 14: Pranayama & Bandhas

    December 21: Yoga Nidra Meditation

     

    Get in touch with your questions or to register: http://activehandsyoga.com/contact/ 

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  12. Hi Emkay,

     

    Thanks for answering!

     

    Yes, I'm on top of the paperwork for the license. And paid def. more than 40 euros for all the documents and translations I needed. But that's another post.

     

    They told me that I wasn't legally required to have a translator because my German is good enough, so it's more for my guests, since I won't be having a church or other ceremony. But it seems like it would really drag things out, so I thought a compromise would be to have the ceremony in German but have a rough translation printed as programs so that the Americans could follow along.

     

    At least your Beamters have a sense of humor!

     

    Thanks again!

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  13. Hey there,

     

    I know that I'm not the only one planning my wedding as an English-speaker in Berlin.

     

    Want to meet up and share our resources?

     

    Ideas on how to have a multi-kulti wedding?

     

    What to ask vendors?

     

    Maybe even read a book together to fig. out what this journey means? I'd like to read the book from the UK 'How to Be a Woman'. Read more about it here (also a great resource for brides, not affiliated with it at all): http://apracticalwedding.com/2011/10/apw-book-club-how-to-be-a-woman-dates/

     

    Get in touch!

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  14. I'm getting married at the Standesamt and am thinking of getting a rough translation (not word-for-word) of the German ceremony into English for the program.

     

    1. Has anyone done this before and already have a translation? I assume it's a standard text the same at all Standesamts?

     

    2. If you've considered doing this, any pros or cons?

     

    Most of my friends and family do not understand German, and his side only gets some English.

     

    Thanks!

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  15. I'd like to read through many of the books here on this list to DIY an MBA: http://personalmba.com/best-business-books/

    Starting with their book, the personal MBA.

     

    I envision meeting every other week in a cafe in Kreuzberg or Neukoelln for 2-3 hours to talk about the book and how we can apply it to our businesses, either those already running or those in planning.

     

    So it's meant for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs-to-be.

     

    Anyone?

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    I can think of a good bike ride of going to where the 3 castles meet between Potsdam and Wannsee by bike and wondered what other beautiful bike rides are out there. Anyone care to share?

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