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    In fact, the only thing I haven't been able to find is macaroni and cheese. You know, the orange stuff in the box. I found a box on Amazon for like 16 euros, and sometimes I think about buying it anyway. (I don't even really eat that back in the U.S., but the fact that I can't get it makes me want it desperately.)


    It's available here in Berlin at KaDeWe for like 8 Euro a box. Not that this is entirely helpful for you in Heldelberg.


  2. If you're on Facebook, there's a group called MTB Berlin (https://www.facebook.com/groups/120585157961713/) that has many members who ride Grunewald frequently. I haven't gone on a ride with them yet because I won't have my mountain bike in Germany until summer.


  3. I can't make it this Friday but am definitely in for a future outing. On that note, what's this place like? http://c-club-berlin.de/ On 30.3.14 there's a band playing called Red Fang that I've seen in the states before. Anyone interested in going?



    Then Berlin is for you, a great place to have a family, and despite some of the grumps you might see on TT, Berlin is a very family friendly city, lots of playgrounds, good healthcare, and in my opinion good education. You will like living here even more once the kids arrive I think.


    That was one of several factors in deciding whether she went there or I came here. The social benefits are incredible here compared to the US. Not to mention this was THE winter to not be in Chicago :)


  5. I've been in Berlin almost 7 months (born and raised in Chicago), and it's taking me some time to find my footing. The language barrier is still huge, but I'm taking classes. However, there's a slew of things I hadn't anticipated having to adapt to by living here, and the more I learn the more I realize how much there is to know. Cultural differences, trying to make friends, bureaucracy, etc. All of which are compounded by not yet having a good working knowledge of speaking German.


    One thing I've learned is to quit trying to find things here that remind me of home because they're never the same. My wife is sick of hearing how critical I am because a restaurant isn't really this or a store doesn't know that. Nothing here will be the same as Chicago because this isn't Chicago. And that's okay. I can always go back and visit.


    That said, I've realized I don't 'hate' Berlin, I just miss Chicago. That's where my heart is; it will always be my home. But I'm here now and for the foreseeable future. We plan on starting a family here. And while it's difficult for me to stay focused on the good things in Berlin it's a skill I'm trying to learn.


  6. Had a fantastic burrito at Chapparo last week: https://www.facebook.com/ChaparroCocinaMexicana?ref=stream&viewer_id=1001828085. I've also been to Ta'Cabron and agree with all the good reviews posted.


    Maria Bonita was just okay. I live near Tempelhof and would not make the trip that far just to eat here again. And Dolores is basically Chipotle, and while that isn't necessarily a deal breaker I wouldn't classify it as 'good' or 'real' Mexican food.


  7. I'm confused. Several replies above state the child will have dual citizenship for life. Is this true of a child born in Germany under similar circumstances? My wife is German and I'm a US citizen, we live in Germany. I thought if we have a child they would have to choose by age 23. From the link above:


    "As of January 1, 2000, a child born in Germany to non-German parents automatically acquires German citizenship at birth by jus soli if: (1) at least one parent had lived legally in Germany for at least eight years prior to the birth; (2) at the time of the birth, that parent had a permanent residence permit (either an Aufenthaltsberechtigung or, for the three years prior to the birth, an unbefristete Aufenhaltserlaubnis). Note that:


    The child must choose between German nationality and the nationality of his/her parents before he/she turns 23 years of age, unless it is legally impossible for him/her to give up his/her parents' nationality, in which case he/she must apply to the German authorities for dual nationality before turning 21."


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    I'm looking for US sized legal type (8 1/2" x 11" ruled) notebook paper pads in Berlin. I have a nice leather folder/binder I carry with me, but it's too short for the paper I find here and I'd like to keep using it. I wasn't able to find anything in the forum search, any help is appreciated. Thanks.



    The wings aren't real buffalo wings, they make there own sauce that is hot but have no similarities. The steaks are good but pricey, the burgers are just okay ( no Kuma's corner) but thanks to a wave of burger places opening you can actually get a tasty burger all around berlin. I recently tried Reuben and Carla, great burger.


    Thanks for the suggestions. And Kuma's is a high bar to surpass in any country.


  10. I take all my stuff off and put it in my backpack before sending it through the scanner (watch, wallet/money, belt, wedding ring, etc.). The only thing I'll take out is my computer, and that goes in its own bin. One bin for shoes/jacket, one for laptop, and backpack. Luckily I've never had an issue.


    Oh, and Philly TSA wouldn't let me drink the three ounces of water I mistakenly left in my water bottle that was in my backpack when it went through the x-ray. They escorted me out of security and told me I had to 'dispose' of it before getting back in line. Ridiculous.


  11. I'll be moving to Berlin from Chicago in a few months to be with my newlywed wife, and while this means I don't have anything direct to contribute to this thread I felt like chiming in. I love my wife and I'm looking forward to a new life and new adventures in Berlin, but Chicago is and will always be my home. It's in my blood and soul, and as I read these posts it makes me sad to think I'm going to lose the connection I have with it. That's all :)