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About norcal_sf

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  • Location Solln, Munich
  • Nationality US / German
  • Hometown San Francisco, CA
  • Gender Female
  • Interests Geocaching, ultimate frisbee
  1. Yeah their website is lackluster, so no arguments there. I’m not in the market for a new place, but I’ll check it out and give some feedback. 
  2. How is this different from ? I’m pretty sure it’s their idea as well that aggregated stuff from the top websites that users can troll themselves. 
  3. Salary ranges Web Developer in Munich

    I’ll add my 2 cents as someone who left SF six years ago for Germany with kids. It’s cheaper here. We still don’t pay in rent what we paid in Marin even after moving to Munich 2 years ago from elsewhere in Germany.  We choose to put our kids in public school, although they were smaller when we moved here than yours OP will be if you move.  The oldest is starting at gymnasium next year.  The schools have never tried to shuttle the kids off into separate tracks due to the fact their parents do not speak German.  My experience is that the teachers in fact have tried to help us help our kids overcome any issues they have with German, by suggesting extra work we could do with them. Yes the teachers don’t go over and above, but they don’t for any student from what I have seen.  There is a super focus on learning German, but it is the language of the country, I’m okay with that.   As a female that works in tech, please make sure the company culture is one that can handle female leads. I cannot count how many times at one company I worked where the females at stand-up were referred to as girls, the few of us there were. Or if we challenged something, it could not be directly without being accused of being emotional.  Oh and taxes. If most of your income is from wages, double federal taxation isn’t a huge issue due to the high tax rate here, but CA may still want their cut. 
  4. Proper gifts for 5 year old kids?

    The smallest LEGO set for 10-15 Euro is what we would usually give. 
  5. Driving from Munich to Lake Garda

    We like Chiusa / Klausen. There is a restaurant with its own beer, a stream and a playground all with a few blocks. 
  6. Harassment from neighbour about noise we dont make

    Fat boys are expensive bean bag chairs.
  7. Tax return processing times by the Finanzamt

    I see a response from 2 - 6 months seems normal.  Is there any actual law about response times though?  We submitted (well the accountants submitted) February 2018 for 2016 and April 2018 for 2017.  We have gotten nothing back yet.  The accountants say they ask and are told the Finanzamt is working on them.