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  1. Older topic but figured I'd add my two cents. I used to teach English, and Zalando was one of our clients. The employees in my classes all seemed happy but were constantly mentioning how overworked and underpaid they were. Several had regretted leaving previous jobs to work for Zalando due to the pay cut and lack of fulfilling work they were either promised or just plain anticipated.



    The strange thing also is I got my NY license back. ??? of cause, I didn't say a words I just hurry to get my ass out of there with my 2 licenses.

    oh well.

    When I got my German drivers license, they told me I could come back in eight weeks to retrieve my IL license. They said (basically) they needed to make sure I hadn't done anything illegal while on my IL license while in Germany.


  3. I'm looking to see if there are any Blackhawks fans in Berlin who would be interested in taking a group picture at the Brandenburg Gate this Sunday the 21st. We're meeting on the east side of the gate at noon. Wear your jerseys, t-shirts, hats, anything that's Blackhawks or Chicago related. We're a small group right now, but we hope that will change! Thanks!




  4. I'm currently seeking a financial advisor/tax preparer located in Berlin, and I found the below list of names on the US Embassy website (http://germany.usembassy.gov/germany/img/assets/9057/berlin_tax_advisors.pdf). I've copied and pasted the names/contact info from the link below. Has anyone worked with these people? Any feedback is appreciated, feel free to PM me if you don't want to share in an open forum. Thanks in advance!




    Richard Bosley

    Joachim-Karnatz-Allee 35

    10557 Berlin

    Tel.: (030) 51 00 90 90

    Fax.: (030) 51 00 90 91

    Cell: 0172-9576137




    Clifton Casey

    Katharinenstr. 12

    Monique Luegger

    10711 Berlin

    Tel.: (030) 890-470

    Fax.: (030) 890-47100




    Dominic C. Ferguson

    Goethestr. 58

    10625 Berlin

    Tel.: (030) 313-6056

    Fax.: (030) 313-6061






    Paul A. Kiefer

    Klingelhofer Str. 5

    10785 Berlin

    Tel.: (030) 240 85 212

    Fax.: (030) 240 85 213




    Ralf Otto

    Milastrasse 2

    10437 Berlin

    Tel.: (030) 440 23 40

    Fax.: (030) 440 23 425






    Ines A. Voigt

    Eisenzahnstrasse 64

    c/o Wagemann & Partner

    10709 Berlin

    Tel.: (030) 89 388 925

    Fax.: (030) 89 388 924



    Website: www.cpa-berlin.com


    Thorsten Stielow

    Wagemann & Partner

    Eisenzahnstrasse 64

    10709 Berlin

    Tel.: (030) 89 38-89-0

    Fax.: (030) 8938-89-99





    I totally agree with the others before me.

    But I don't think these guys want to accuse you of being a lazy foreigner. Seeing that you're in Stuttgart, I can just imagine the type of guy who might say this: a specific type of arrogant, ambitious Schwabe in his thirties, with a job in a large private company ( Daimler and the like), a degree in law, engineering or BWL, believing that working for 12 hours a day is a sign of quality, expectations of pay rises and a career that you can only dream of in the public sector, and lack of understanding for more, let's say, intellectual or academic pursuits (no, I'm not prejudiced...).

    Weed out those who come across as too condescending about your career and the effort you put into it.


    This sounds like the type of person I left the US to avoid.


  6. I think it's a sense of American self righteousness that makes us think we shouldn't be inconvenienced with a check like this (I say this as an American coping with his own sense of self righteousness).


    Example: I was stopped by the Polizei while riding my bike a few months ago. They were stopping everyone on the bike path and checking serial numbers for stolen bikes. I pulled over, they asked to check the serial # on my bike and called it in. I complied, but internally I was at first pi$$ed. "Who do they think they are stopping ME?" "Don't they have better things to do?", etc. Then I realized if it was MY bike that was stolen, I'd want road blocks at every intersection, CSI dusting for prints, the whole works. I wasn't 'inconvenienced' for more than four minutes and in the end concluded this was a good thing. No big deal.


    That being said, if there are rules stating a shopkeeper can only look under a bag and not in a bag, well this is Germany and people follow rules. If the rules say they cannot check a bag, they should not be checking bags.


  7. I'm a US citizen and my wife is German, we live in Berlin and were married in the US. She never had any issues coming to visit me before we were married, and we just returned from the US after our first trip back together with no issues whatsoever. We went through the non US citizen line together when we arrived in the US. I'm not sure who was happier to speak to an American: me or the customs officer!


  8. I'm a US citizen and my wife is German. We were married in the US before I moved here. When I arrived, we had to get our marriage 'recognized' by Germany, which involved providing some basic paperwork (US identification for me, US marriage certificate with translation and apostille, etc.). It wasn't that difficult, it took about a month to process the paperwork.