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About Marianne013

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  • Location UK
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  • Hometown Ludwigshafen
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  1. Unconstitutional Visitor Parking in Essen

    And then you find out that they didn't include parking on purpose, in order to encourage people not to have a car :-D (Admittedly I live in London, but this is exactly what happened here - in fact they tore down a previously existing parking structure for a building located directly next to a tube station for this very reason.)
  2. And in hindsight realized the obvious ? Hence her own assertion about being "undiplomatic" in the spirit of this thread.    
  3. By adding two and two together ? (Almost literally. If I see a 35 year old grandmother, I know there's a at least one teenage pregnancy somewhere in there. Whether that's a problem or not is another question, but not something to discuss when admiring a grand child.)
  4. Entwässerung: Angebot 6500€, Rechnung 8500€

    Tell them in writing that as they did not inform you in a timely manner about an increase in cost wrt their Angebot you won't pay the excess or only up to 20% which is usually (sources vary some are lower) the threshold at which point they need to tell you so you can at that point opt out of the contract. Given that if they had run up to ~20% extra you would have had to pay, you could use that as a negotiating point.    
  5. Entwässerung: Angebot 6500€, Rechnung 8500€

    The difference in price mainly stems from the fact that the Angebot implies that there is an existing Schmutzwasserschacht (dirty water drain aka sewer, I guess) which they would connect to, while the Rechnung implies there wasn't such a thing and they had to build it. So someone didn't do their due diligence. So I would query why this item wasn't on the Angebot and why they didn't inform you when it turned out they had to build it. If it was you who told them there was an existing Schmutzwasserschacht, then you'll just have to pay.
  6. Mobile roaming charges on the Channel ferry

    Our child ran up £50 while on a cruise (all for text messages...) and Vodaphone UK blocked the phone the next time we were in harbour. She is meant to have locked down account, i.e no going over any quota/no charges, but Vodaphone claimed they could no block it while connected to the ship - this seemed somehow to imply that Vodaphone only received the bill for the charges with some delay. Which given that the connection never touched their network (it was all contained within the ship), might even be true.
  7. Travelling with a 2.5 month old

    Well, I moved with a three month old from the USA to the UK via Germany and it worked just fine, despite living out of a suitcase for 6 weeks. They aren't mobile at that stage, so invest in a good baby carrier, take 3 times as many nappies and food supply (so there is no change in food, if you are not breastfeeding) as you think you need and you are good to go. You do not need any certificates for the airlines, most airlines don't like carrying children that are less that 2 weeks old, but at 2 months, no problem. The only 'trick' we had is that we weaned our bottle fed kid onto room temperature baby milk, so a bottle of Evian, some powder, a clean and some hand disinfectant and you are good to go, none of this "would you be able to heat up our bottle please" etc etc.
  8. Got attacked by two Croatians in Unterhaching

    Or the kid just didn't speak English (this was in a German kindergarten after all) and felt excluded. Jeez.
  9. Yes, it's always a good idea to bring some supplies. Having said this, a lot of the highly specialised babyfood is *only* available "under medical supervision" (e.g. "Aptamil PEPTI und Aptamil Pregomin® AS sind diätetische Lebensmittel für besondere medizinische Zwecke (bilanzierte Diät) und sind nur unter ärztlicher Kontrolle zu verwenden.") which means you won't be able to purchase them just over the counter, so monetary considerations are probably of secondary importance. Given that the OP is relocating from Australia, I assume there will be  a decent salary attached to the job in question.
  10. I can't comment on Heilbronn. I don't think Neocate is available in Germany, but there are equivalents and they can be prescribed by your paediatrician. (Unfortunately I couldn't find the relevant information in English, just in German.)   The German word for cows' milk protein intolerance is Kuhmilcheiweißallergie (assuming it's an allergy, not 'just' an intolerance), if you ever need to double check a box of formula.  
  11. If you are worried about your iron levels go and have them tested (even if you have to pay for it) instead of randomly messing with your diet. If you have naturally low blood pressure (which both my sister and me have, it's genetic by the looks of it) you might occasionally feel dizzy, there is not much you can do about it. Sit down, have a cookie (sugar helps, if only psychologically), wait till it passes, get on with your day.
  12. You might also want to report your troubles to the AOK:   I wonder if they know what the doctors they pay are doing (or not doing for that matter).
  13. I still haven't seen any regulations of KLM and/or customs in Amsterdam that allude to destroying luggage wrt perishable items. Can you *please* link them ? In my experience if customs finds any kind of contraband they fine and/or charge you. There have been some incidences on this board of people importing 'cheap' electronics etc from the US and then being amazed when they had to pay. So if the OP was smuggling, why he doesn't seem to have been fined  or charged ? (Of course if he has been, that would change the situation completely.)  
  14. This started with the airline having lost the luggage. The airline has a duty to try and get it back to you. So paying someone to process this luggage is well within the airline's responsibilities. I'm aware of the "abandoned luggage might be destroyed" scenario, but that is not the case here. That luggage was accepted by the airline for carriage.   Please show me any European airline's policy that alludes to destroying luggage wrt perishable items. I tried looking for it and I can't find any.
  15. Why would carrying perishable foods give the airline any right to destroy a suitcase ? Removing it, yes (that's pretty much standard practice for storing any lost luggage anywhere), but destroy the whole luggage and not just the offending item ? That sounds like bullshit. Get whatever they told you *in writing* and take it from there.