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  1. How much is enough for retirement?

    I stick with the Index funds to be safe, and I have a bit invested in straight up stock (Alphabet, Tesla) that I can sell off at some point, just to play around (and maybe get lucky).
  2. 2020 Real ID in the US

    I've used PostIdent and they've always just entered US Department of State. If they ask where the document was issued, I tell them it was the New York Passport Agency (which it was), but you could also say US Consulate General Frankfurt if they really want the exact authority. Mostly, though, the State Department works fine.   Also, remember that not just US citizens need to get a star card, but any resident who wants to use a DL or State ID. I have one now, but I much prefer to use the passport card as it has no address on it. It's much more impersonal, which I like.
  3. 30 days in the USA, need a data SIM card

    This is great site that details all your options: https://prepaid-data-sim-card.fandom.com/wiki/United_States   If you're going somewhere rural with spotty coverage, make sure to check the coverage maps of each: Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and US Cellular.
  4. 2 speed tickets

    Oh really? You can use it otherwise? I mean, sure I use it in the holder for navigation, but what if they see you texted someone when they pull you over but it's in a holder? That would be ok?
  5. Entering Germany with expiring passport

    Yes, that makes sense. Passport validity is an issue for non-immigrants because they are required to leave within a short period of time, but residents often don't have that constraint, and in your wife's case, 2022 is a long way away.
  6. AFAIK from Polish friends, your children are automatically Polish citizens, but might require proof. Maybe your polish passport and their birth certificates could be used to prove this at an EU border, maybe with an accompanying email/letter from the Polish state. But, once in Germany, a passport for them would help with setting them up I think. Maybe this can be done at the embassy in Berlin (check with them), but I think it would be easiest directly in Canada... I'm surprised you haven't done it.   For British citizenship, if the mother lived in the UK for three years, your kids can generally register as British citizens, but you're right about the insane fee: https://www.gov.uk/apply-citizenship-british-parent/born-on-or-after-1-july-2006   Good luck!
  7. Ah, next time. Just back from holiday. Plus, need to get back in shape before I join a group...
  8. Parking tickets received outside Germany

    Just to update, Stockholm has so far not followed up on the ticket. Let's hope it stays that way.
  9. EMERGENCY - washed passport two days before flying home

    A damaged chip is not a barrier to travel, at least with US passports. Chips often stop working. They're simple electrical devices, and passports go through a lot.   I expect you made it, but next time first contact the embassy. They can issue locally produced emergency passports. Whether or not they would have is unknown.   The biggest issue in this case would have been the airline, and possibly the Federal Police. Airline representatives are very cautious because of the fine mentioned above, and want to avoid any chance of incurring one.
  10. International driver's licence or permit

    Have you looked at the other languages inside the booklet?   The nice thing is it's valid for three years. I got one from the US some time ago, and it was valid for just one.
  11. Frankfurt Airport train station

    Fernbahnhof. Both stations are close to T1, but she would basically follow the signs after baggage claim to go underground and to the long-distance trains.
  12. De-registered by the authorities during absence

    BadDoggie tends to mouth off. Haven't seen it for a while, though, which is good.
  13. Car rental in Germany

    This shit is crazy, but I remember when I was renting a car in NY to drive to Montreal it said Canadian residents could not drive a US registered car into Canada.
  14. Finger in Po.. Mexico or "one up the bum, no harm done!"

    Good luck SP.
  15. Car rental in Germany

    Didn’t end up renting. I got lazy and waited till the last minute and prices went up. So we just drove our car and it was fine. I just couldn’t ask my mom to drive as it’s not an automatic.    in Hertz’s terms and conditions it says if you fail to mention cross border travel you could be charged a 600 euro fine. They could have a tracker in the cars? Or if you end up getting a ticket then they’d find out. Big risk. 
  16. Car rental in Germany

    Oh good to know.   I called Avis, and they said no charges -  they just needed to know beforehand. Hertz said 25 or so, and they said Dollar and Thrifty (both Hertz companies that share the same rental premises) charge 45... and Enterprise is 50. I just think that a major company charging for crossing a border in Europe, with land borders up the wazoo, is odd, as they didn't when I was in Holland, or even in the US.   Wherearewegoingto: from which company did you rent?   Anyway, I think I'll take my own car in the end. I just thought renting a nice new car for the weekend to go to Switzerland would be fun, and maybe an automatic so my mother could help me drive. I've lost my initiative now, though...
  17. Do Police sign forms in Germany

    Seems Canadians require this too. I'm so glad the US doesn't require it (yet). They don't even require a residence permit or proof that you are not in a country without a permit.
  18. Car rental in Germany

    Ooh, old thread, but didn't want to start a new one just for this question:   It seems that, in Germany, rental companies often charge you to take the car over a border? Is this enforced, or will they waive it at the counter in general? Asking in order to calculate the best price. It seems that only Avis doesn't charge. Any experience?
  19. Hi y'all, I have a three year old daughter and wondered if any dads (moms too, actually) would like to hang out sometimes. My partner has her playdate moms but they're not necessarily my type. I want my own hehe.    Would be fun and help fill days, eh?
  20. Father and kid playdates in Frankfurt?

    Reviving...   This meetup seems dead, or is it?   @sos-the-rope did you end up setting up the Whatsapp group? I seemed to have missed it. Will PM you.   Cheers.
  21. Trick or Treating in Frankfurt Halloween 2019?

    In Frankfurt? Do you work for the consulate or military? Will do next time!   We ended up going to Aukamm in Wiesbaden. It was quite cool, and my daughter had a great first trick or treat. Tons of traffic, though, but parking was plentiful and free in the midst of it all.
  22. I know it's WAAAY late, but I was wondering if anyone knows of any trick or treating in Frankfurt today. Someone mentioned the diplomatic quarter near the Bundesbank. Is that something any kid can join? I know there's one in Wesbaden where the public can join: https://wiesbaden-lebt.de/halloween-trick-or-treat-in-der-aukamm-siedlung (I called the base and they said it's open to everyone as the area is accessible to the public).   Cheers.
  23. Is Telekom restricting broadband after using VPN?

    I know this is an old thread, but does anyone know if UnityMedia prevents VPN use? I suddenly cannot, and a relative with a different VPN service also couldn't. The only thing is that my Android phone works. Nothing else.   If they do, is it allowed, and how do I get around it?
  24. German right of way laws

      Hah, I learned while living in Brooklyn (and New York in general) that I could drive like they do in Moscow or Mogadishu. So annoying, but also liberating.
  25. Contact SOLVIT: https://ec.europa.eu/solvit/index_en.htm