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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. Books to give away

    Momex is another site where you could sell them. At like 10 cents a book it’s like giving them away. 
  2. What are you cooking today?

    Butternut squash on ricotta, simple and easy to make while enjoying the last warm days of fall.
  3. Plastic packaging at Grocery stores

    For shampoo, I would recommend buying a shampoo bar. They last much longer than a bottle of shampoo and great for traveling. Often they come unwrapped or in a cardboard box. 
  4. House owner refuses to return deposit

    No protocol as they refused to sign anything, but plenty of photos. Plus a colleague of my husband and the neighbor as witness (when in the yard and they started accusing us of never doing anything in it - nosy neighbor chimed in and said, oh what are you talking about they have been doing the yard work). Haha
  5. House owner refuses to return deposit

    After all these horror stories of the landlord wanting to keep the deposit, I don’t get what my ex landlord is playing at in our case. We moved out a few weeks ago and at the move out he said oh this needs to be cleaned, this needs to be painted, etc (even though we had painted and cleaned) and if you give me x000 now, we’ll just forget about it. We declined. Now I’ve gotten two different phone calls from the agent and landlord asking to make a deal, since if i don’t it will be super expensive for me. I don’t see them doing this out of the goodness of their heart. Already a member of the Mietverein, any other advice out there? Just wait for their invoices and then fight it?
  6. Mummy meet up

    There are many English speaking mommy groups on Facebook for Munich. If you can’t find them, PM me. 
  7. Green card holders need permission to be out of the US for more than 1 year if they want to keep it. 
  8. Few German Mothers Go Back To Work Full Time.

    I think the point is finding said after school program can be hard. Both my husband work full time and have never gotten a place in after school care that goes until 17:00. We would be SOL without extended family nearby to pickup the slack. 
  9. 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. 
  10. 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. 
  11. 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. 
  12. Proper gifts for 5 year old kids?

    The smallest LEGO set for 10-15 Euro is what we would usually give.