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About elizabias

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  1. Travel to the US and back.

    Yep, assuming you can get a flight, you should be able to get there. July and later seem more promising for this. Just also keep an eye out for new rules for the countries in which you connect. For instance, KLM says that people even just connecting through the Netherlands need to show this form saying they are healthy: https://www.rivm.nl/en/documenten/health-screening-form (from https://wecare.klm.com/nl_en/ "Do I need to bring additional documents to enter the Netherlands?" section). Only travelers have to sign it, no doctor's visit is required. Also, KLM will still give refunds or vouchers for flights you yourself cancel that were scheduled to fly before the end of August (same link, "Can I still travel to and from the United States of America?" section). Until the end of August they also require wearing masks from boarding through exiting the plane, with small breaks allowed for eating and drinking, during which the masks must be stored somewhere clean and not just slid under your chin ("Do I have to wear a face mask during my trip?" section).   We had planned to go in May but that didn't quite work out. Hopefully we can go later this summer. Hope your trip goes well!  
  2. Smoking in public places

    It has become basically impossible for me. Even with all windows and doors shut, smoke seeps well into my apartment. If I try to air things out, without fail within five minutes there is someone else smoking in the doorway between the building's entry hall and courtyard and it somehow largely gets sucked into my apartment several floors above. At large bus stops there are large and prolific groups of smokers and at smaller ones there are just smaller groups who chain smoke until the bus arrives. This can be a very unpleasant 20+ min wait with nowhere to hide (often this happens when the bus is running irregularly, so I can't just walk somewhere to wait it out). At work the elevator is effectively a smoke chamber even long after the offending occupants have departed (the smokers use it to get up one flight; I am often transporting larger objects and can't take the stairs) and several (mostly student) colleagues smell very strongly of smoke. I try to be flexible in my working space to get away from them, but I do sometimes have to be at my desk. This is all at a supposedly "smoke free" office. I would very much like to live somewhere where I don't have to fight so hard just to breathe clean (or at least non-stinky) air. Could I reasonably take trams and such in Heidelberg without waiting for it in an ashtray? Or eat outside on a nice day without the neighboring table contributing its own flavor?  
  3. Smoking in public places

    How is the smoking situation nowadays in Heidelberg, particularly in regards to public transit stops and in the Bahnstadt area? Can one generally get around without having to deal with smoke?
  4. Why do people still smoke?