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  1. Digitisation and the death of the service culture

      lol, I thought this only happened to me. I went to the Commerzbank this morning and withdrew €150 from the  ATM and received 1 x €100 and 1 x €50. I had intended to go to the bakery afterwards but they wouldn't be able to change either to had to pop into the supermarket just to buy something to get some change.
  2. Strafbefehl (leaving the scene of an accident)

      He didn't say he was breathalysed at the scene but when the Police arrived so someone may have made a note of his licence plate and the Police could have turned up at his flat. In any case it doesn't really matter where he was breathalysed as he wasn't over the limit.   @JasonBamberg - A 7 months driving ban sounds heavy although I suppose this was high due to you leaving the scene of the crime but I would speak to a lawyer about it and see if you can get the driving ban reduced and maybe even the fine.  
  3. How to respond to Mahnbescheid

    Have a look at the following topic that has been going on for several years regarding file sharing - https://www.toytowngermany.com/forum/topic/279097-accused-of-torrenting-copyrighted-material/
  4. Cholesterol values - question for the Doctors

      No, he's not a Dr. If you're not overweight then the high values are likely to be caused by either a poor diet or a family history of high cholesterol or maybe a bit of both. Increased activity and changing your diet can help and there is some good info at https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/lower-your-cholesterol/ or https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/files/docs/public/heart/chol_tlc.pdf   Obviously speak to your Dr if you are worried about the values or see what they think about changing your diet/increasing activity.
  5. A gift to a doctor

    Why not check if the hospital has a charity program and donate to that? I don't know, which hospital you are having the operation in (good luck by the way) but the Charité has their own charity programs that people can donate to and presumably other hospitals have the same thing - https://gewaltschutzambulanz.charite.de/angebot_der_gewaltschutzambulanz/spenden/   This avoids any problems with allergies, what is/isn't allowed, etc. and you can always send a card directly to the Ward where you were staying thanking the Doctors/Nurses for looking after you once you are out of hospital.
  6. Having a full medical check-up

    You can get some cancer related things checked up on every year - https://www.gesundheit.de/medizin/vorsorge/gesund-leben/gesundheitscheck  
  7. Dentist overcharging for a filling

      Definitely cheaper in Germany. I'm with TK myself and the last filling I had (2 years ago) was around €40 euros or if I wanted it to match the colour of my tooth perfectly then €80. The non-matching colour isn't massively different from the actual colour of the teeth but if it was on one of the front teeth it may be noticeable if you looked carefully. I also had a root canal about 8 years ago and the TK paid fully for that and I didn't have to contribute anything
  8. What does 'Nachweis zur Person' mean when completing a form?

    Nachweis zur Person = Proof of identity.
  9. Loitering in Germany

      Yes, this is the case with some homeless people as they are happy to live on the streets and it's a difficult situation with homeless people living in a way that makes other people feel threatened.
  10. Loitering in Germany

      That maybe they could help the homeless person. Rather than them being moved on, presumably, from place to place by the Police/Ordnungsamt, a charity organisation such as Caritas might be able to provide some assistance that would lead to a permanent solution for this person and give them the help they need to get off the streets.    
  11. bringing gold

    You should contact the Zollamt to check the requirements and duty you would need to pay to make sure there aren't any surprises when you bring the gold to Germany - https://www.zolltarifnummern.de/zollamt/Bonn   A quick google suggests that bringing in gold worth more than €430 from outside the EU is subject to taxes depending on the value of the gold - https://www.biallo.de/recht-steuern/news/wie-viel-gold-darf-ich-nach-deutschland-einfuehren/
  12. Notice period in probationary period (Probezeit)

    It's normally 2 weeks although in certain cases it can be no notice - https://www.arbeitsrechte.de/kuendigung-in-der-probezeit/     Are you wanting to leave the job or is the employer wanting you to leave?
  13. Lufthansa Strike

      Yep, if ever I go on holiday to the Far East I never fly with Lufthansa as there have been these strikes over the last few years now. Air China, Cathay Pacific and Aeroflot all provide a very good service and you can pretty much guarantee that they will never go on strike.
  14. Non-Smoking Bars/Kneipe in Hamburg (Lack of)

    I don't know about 'annoyed' responses but this forum is more about responding to people's questions and helping them solve their problems rather than a chatty forum where people discuss this, that or the other so 'posting something in the hope of generating an interesting response' can sometimes come across as lazy. But don't take it personally, I certainly didn't mean my response to come across as 'annoyed' and Lisa probably didn't either.   There is a Miscellaneous Themes forum on here where people chat about all sort or things so if you are looking for a chat then that may be the place - https://www.toytowngermany.com/forum/forum/179-miscellaneous-themes/
  15. Non-Smoking Bars/Kneipe in Hamburg (Lack of)

      But asking what the law is about something isn't asking for a point of view or opinion. Asking what you think about a law, how people bypass a law, why a law isn't policed by the authorities, etc. is.
  16. Beating loneliness in Cologne

    There are a few ways:    - Irish bars are always full of expats and if you are into football (or rugby at the moment) then you can go along when a match is on and you will normally find someone to talk to    - If you speak a bit of German then, as others have said, Vereins are very good    - There is a Thursday Night Drinks Cologne group that used to post on here but are now on Facebook and they organise a meetup every Thursday in different places in Cologne for expats (and German people who want to practice their English as well I think) - https://www.facebook.com/tndcologne/  
  17.   That's fair enough, there are quite a few foreigners who do the same and you certainly won't be alone on this board with that opinion Although it does mean that the next two years of your life while you complete the Masters will not be particularly nice but good luck with your studies.
  18. Your profile says you are based in Cologne so I am very surprised to hear you say that people here are racist or you get stares of disapproval when you are seen with a white woman as Cologne is known as one of the tolerant cities in Germany and it isn't something I have experienced in the 10 years I have lived here.   I don't have brown skin but I know quite a few Turkish-German and Iranian-German people (as well as white skinned Germans) and I have never come across any problems with having friends from different backgrounds or skin colour. Even when I (a very pale, white skinned man from the North of the UK) have been in relationships with Turkish-German women there hasn't been any problems. Are there racist people in Germany who may have 'stared' at you and think it's wrong for mixed-races to be in relationships? Of course, there are racist people everywhere and not just the white people. A lot of Turkish people don't think 'their' women shouldn't mix with white-skinned men.   From what you have said I would question whether the issue isn't people here but maybe you are behaving in a way, which is coming across as aggressive and the social skills, which are needed in the US are different that those in Germany in order to make friends. It sounds like you are struggling to fit in and make friends so you are blaming everyone else and not wanting to admit that you may have some responsibility yourself in your problems:   This sounds very aggressive - "Another thing is, the people here are just wimps. They talk shit behind your back and then when you confront them about it, they deny it." This sounds like you have interrupted a conversation between several other people - "But when you ask them something „Wer bist du?“"   And you have lived in 3 places in Germany but it's not you that is the problem but everyone else? - "I've already moved twice. First to a small town then to another then I said screw it and moved to one of the biggest cities. I figured the bigger cities would be more open and internationally friendly. It's not the case. Doesn't matter where you go they are all the same."   You really only have a few choices:    - Stick it out for a couple of years and do the MSc    - Move elsewhere (back to the US?) and hope you fit in better there    - Accept that you may have a part to play in your unhappiness as your social skills aren't working in Germany and try to change them. Maybe you are trying to hard to make friends and are coming across as desperate, maybe you are considered quite 'loud' as some Americans can to Europeans, maybe you come across as arrogant even though you don't mean to be, etc. You can either try speaking to people you know and asking them how you can improve you social skills or even go to a German psychiatrist and chat to them. A lot of times people who struggle to fit in (and not just here in Germany) don't know when to keep quiet and think they have to impress people or give them a reason to like them. The more they want people to like them, the more they open their mouths and the more they open their mouths, the more they annoy people. Being popular isn't about getting people to like you but not annoying people as people will generally like people (or at least be polite and say, "Hello") provided you don't annoy them. You may not be best friends with people but they will acknowledge you.   In the end the choice is yours but with the good education standard here, financial issues, etc. then it sounds like you will be staying here and being unhappy for another 2 years of your life isn't good.
  19. 2019 Urgent certificate of conduct

      And what does not having updated their profile to show their current location have to do with the OPs question? They stated they were no longer living in Germany and need a Certificate of Good Conduct. And again with their current location, is there a difference in getting a Certificate of Good Conduct from Germany if they live in France rather than if they live in the US?  
  20. Healthcare after Brexit

      No, but it's better than nothing and gives people time to decide what's best for them i.e. stay abroad and shop around for the best/cheapest healthcare or possibly return to the UK. It's far from ideal but much better than people needing to get healthcare sorted out on the 1st Nov if Brexit goes ahead on the 31st Oct.  
  21. You should check the policy but a quick google and the policy with CosmosDirect seems to cover this so this could be standard with most providers - https://www.cosmosdirekt.de/private-haftpflichtversicherung/haftpflichtversicherung-wohnung/