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  • Location Düsseldorf
  • Nationality Welsh
  • Hometown Conwy/Llandudno area
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  1. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    If you ever need a translation for whatever purpose, do a search on the BDÜ website. You can find someone in your area. Generally, if the translator has to translate an official document, they will want to see the original. In fact, I think they HAVE to see the original in order to give the translation its official stamp.   Look to the right of the web page - you can do a search.
  2. Deutsche Post complaints and criticism

    The postal service has become so bad, it's a wonder anything gets through.   I ordered three cards and two photobooks made with photos I had taken. I sent one card to Belgium and another card and photobook in an envelope to Japan. Neither envelope has arrived. Bitter? You bet. The expense and the thought.. all wasted.  I shall probably have to spend all that money again.    It's just not worth sending anything by mail any more.
  3. what happens at a pap smear test

    You do not say where you are in Germany, but if you are in Dusseldorf, I recommend this one:   I've been with Dr Jeanette Neiss-wotsit for years.    You only have to be half naked at any one time.   The breast examination is done lying down and she puts some gel on you and scans it with a hand-held device. She then gives you paper towels to dry off again.   The lower-body examination is done in a seat where you are tilted back a bit. I had fallen on ice 3 weeks beforehand and fallen right on my coccyx, so it was very painful. She took that into consideration. She raised the chair up rather like a dentist does - so she can see better.   I've never had anything done to my rectum. I am surprised to hear about this.   As for the examination, yes, it's a bit painful for me, but it lasts for seconds. And there is no pain afterwards. Let's say it's more 'discomfiture' than 'pain'.    We chat to each other throughout and she is a very pleasant woman. The last time I was there in February, she also reassured me about some other medical question unrelated to gynaecology.   And by the way, in my decades in Germany, I have never had a male gynaecologist.
  4. And now a couple of comments from me.   1. I spent a week in Munich a few years ago. I didn't like it either. The people were okay, but I disliked the town and went to the airport hours earlier than necessary. Munich is not all of Germany. Try Frankfurt, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Berlin or Hamburg instead.   2. I'm a freelancer and I certainly don't pay 45% tax. You do have to pay for private health insurance, though. I pay the least possible and have to pay the first EUR 4,500 of bills myself every year. I never get to that level at all. I just go for check-ups and vaccines. Oh, and to the dentist.   3. You always feel more free in a foreign country. It's because the local people do not expect you to fit in with the rest. In your own country, you have to be like everyone else. Most people frown on you if you stick out. Here, the attitude is like this: "Oh, he's not from around here. He's different." And people tolerate your behaviour.   4. I've been back in Germany since the end of 99 and I still walk around the streets thinking, "Bloody hell! I'm actually living in Germany."   5. I've tried other countries and other cities. Much easier to do with when you are younger.   6. What is to stop you renting a place for three months in another country and doing your work there? If you can do everything via a computer, then do it. I looked into doing that myself, but I don't really earn enough to keep my flat here going and rent another one abroad, too.   7. Well done on building up your financial stores. At least you don't waste it on stupid things.
  5. Non-germans and the labour market

      By the education ministry - if I remember what the Head of English at the VHS told me. They want to ensure they are getting educated people in front of the class.
  6. Any freelancers here?

    The threshold of income before you are obliged to pay VAT is very, very low here compared to the UK.    The last I heard, it was EUR 17,500 per annum before tax.    Even when you are not obliged to pay VAT, it would be a good idea to charge it from the beginning. Firstly, it makes you look as though you are earning above such a low level of income. Secondly, if you do go over the threshold, you will be obliged to pay VAT on what you have earned - even when you've not charged it and been paid it. That happened to me once. Only a few companies were okay with me charging VAT retrospectively on invoices that had already been paid. I cried a lot for months. What a shock.   Scheinselbstständigkeit - the law against it was brought in when lots of big firms fired staff then hired them on a so-called freelance basis. That way, the firms could avoid paying their part of unemployment benefit etc.   You wife should get at least one other customer, if not two. Otherwise the tax office will be suspicious and things could get difficult.    
  7. Anger over pork sausages at Germany Islam event

    I know Muslims who eat pork. They're not that hardcore.   Also, Muslims would be allowed to eat pork - if there was no other food available and it would otherwise be a matter of life and death.   Personally, I think these laws against pork in the Muslim and Jewish religions is because of where these religions originated: in a hot region of the world that had no refrigeration and pork is a meat that goes bad quickly.