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  1. Saamah, I really think you have dodged a bullet there. My wife and I were initially very keen on one particular Kindergarten in our neighbourhood. However, through our dealings with the Leiterin, we soon realised that it was not a place we wanted to send our child. That's why it's so important to go a few times to the Kindergarten and observe and evaluate the staff and their practices.


  2. 11 minutes ago, RedMidge said:

    Yes, it was based on the John Wyndham book.  His books were all very interesting, and I enjoy re-reading tem. They remain very topical.

    I often find TV shows just never matched up to the books.

    Yes, the first series was the best - it was an adaptation of the novel. The second series was written by someone else..not so good. The third series was called Chocky's Children and was rubbish


  3. On 04/04/2017, 21:14:33, Criolo said:

    Hello all,


    I have one question since I am moving to a house with clothes washing machine and dryer.  Is the noise of thr machine considered as noise pollution as well? Do you usually wash clothes after 10 pm? Is this acceptable?


    in my old flat, I was used to wash plates in the machine, even at midnight and never heard complaints...




    If you or your neighbours are running a clothes dryer overnight, I would advise you to look up on the web how to clean it properly (not just the lint filter) to minimise the risk of fire. If you have a communal wash room, ask the landlord to place a smoke alarm there - make sure you can hear it when the dryer / washing machines are working.


    I have stopped running the washing machine, clothes dryer and dishwasher at night now. A risk of fire I don't want to take.


  4. 11 hours ago, fraufruit said:


    Who knows but every grocery store has many shelves full of it. They don't give up shelves to things that don't sell.


    We buy Toastbrot for our toddler - the crust on normal loaves is a little too tough for her at the moment. She also gets Rosinenbrot as a treat.


  5. 55 minutes ago, Sir Percy B said:

    For those of you that shop at cheap supermarkets like Lidl, Aldi, Netto, Penny Markt etc are paying very little for the produce as it's pretty much destined for the bin, it's old hence the reason it's so cheap.


    It barely has a shelf life of 2-3 days, buy a bag of potatoes for example, if they're not already soft they will be in a couple of days.


    I actually find our local Lidl excellent for fruit and vegtables. It is very busy and therefore gets resupplied regularly. I do remember my wife coming home from our local Edeka with something exotic and having to bin it straight away. Our local Netto is a bit hit or miss wrt fruit and veg, I'll grant you that.


  6. 20 minutes ago, yourkeau said:

    All groceries in developed countries do this, or do you think why the food is fresh every day until late evening? Some throw a lot, some less, but this happens.


    Bigger cities have food sharing volunteers, who collect this food from supermarket and then share among neighbors/others. This is however, quite a work - you need to collect food, then inform people, then answer calls to give it away, and this every day.


    If you want more than complaining, you can join food sharing organization in your town, or even start one yourself.


    I am talking specifically about bread, not food in general. 


    To reiterate, I was fully aware that it happens.


    Why can't I complain and have a moan about it? 


    Finallt, thanks for your response, it was somewhat informative. 


  7. I was in my local Netto an hour before closing this evening - saw an employee dumping all the unsold bread into a bin. I had heard this happens but when I actually  saw it happen in front of me, it made me really angry. It's not as if the bread was stale - if I had come five minutes earlier, I could have bought a Brotchen or a loaf. 



  8. On 24/01/2017, 22:23:15, pmd said:



    Yesterday, we got notification that our daughter has been accepted in the local städtisch Kita. We are both very relieved!


    It seems (anecdotally speaking to a few parents) that in the current climate (huge demand for limited Kita places), it is unwise to be currently using a local Tagesmutter while applying to a local Kita - the parents got the impression that the Leiterin had the attitude 'They have childcare already, I don't need to prioritise them' (the Tagesmutter was in contact with the Kita so that's how the Leiterin found out that they already had limited childcare.)


    Another parent thinks that because she had a Tagesmutter as preference number 2, her first choice Kita saw this as an excuse not to give her a place.


    So maybe two situations to bear in mind at the moment.


  9. 12 hours ago, fraufruit said:


    Curious - does the kindergeld cover the cost or almost cover it? 

    If we manage to get a place, our Kindergeld will more or less cover it. In our part of NRW, the cost of childcare in a Kindergarten / Kita depends on your gross income. For 35 hours care, we will have to pay €167 pm (meals will cost extra). For low income households, it is free while those earning between 61-71k would have to pay €261. 


  10. 20 hours ago, yourkeau said:

    Unbelievable who child unfriendly Germany is.

    It depends what your expectations are. Childcare in Germany has areas where it could improve but one area where it is better than my experience (U.K., Ireland) is affordability - Germany is on a different planet if you compare the average weekly cost for childcare here than in the UK  or Ireland.


  11. 14 hours ago, vmelchers said:

    Yes based on that behavior I am a thief. If I was obligated to pay I would. But if I can avoid it I will.

    If I was making lots of money I would pay an accountant to hide all my money from the taxes like the top 1% do. Unfortunately I haven't reached that level and my tax class 5 means more than 50% goes to government on each pay checque. 


    I'm sorry but I have zero sympathy for you here. It's up to you to inform yourself about the likely tax you will pay before you move to a foreign country. The U.S. husband of my wife's best friend was shocked to discover how much he had to pay and was always complaining about it. They spent two years financially struggling here while he paid a U.S. mortgage and in the end, they moved back.