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  • Location Heidelberg
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  • Interests kids, research, sleep, food, current affairs and a bunch of other stuff I'm too tired to recall just now.

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  1. It would be good to get on the case of your income tax return (so that you can get a statement from the Finanzamt of the income they've calculated for you based on the data you provided with your return) - but I suppose you already know that. Lacking a statement from the Finanzamt, you might want to just contact your Elterngeldstelle (probably Amt für Versorgung und Soziales Walter-Möller-Platz 1 60439 Frankfurt/Main, Telefon: 069/15671) and ask what they'll accept instead. They might well take an Einnahmen-ÜberschussRechnung (that profit/cost listing you mentioned) as a provisional indication of your 2018 income, but they can always come back to you after the fact (even after they've paid out your Elterngeld) and revise the amount of your Elterngeld up or down (clawing money back from you in case of the latter). Good luck!
  2. Anyone living in Germany but working remotely?

    No update to add, but I explained how I did it in a message much further up the thread. You'll just be freiwilling versichert with AOK. If your employer is very kind they might even be willing to transfer the employer contribution - and your employee contribution, drawn from your salary (both contributions calculated according to German rules, not the rules of the country where your company is)  - directly to the AOK every month. Mine was not.  It's up to the employee in Germany to get the employer (in EU outside of Germany) to contribute the right amount and to make sure the AOK gets it. Your non-German EU employer may balk at paying the German rate, although they're required to do so under European Worker Mobility regulations. In my case my UK employer couldn't cope with paying the Barmer directly so they paid the employer portion to me and I transferred that money plus my employee portion to the Barmer. Barmer did everything from there (as they do when you have a German employer, too), making sure the payments enter the social insurance scheme under my name. 
  3. Your Steuerbescheid (income tax statement) for 2018 should do it. 
  4. why are school trips so expensive in germany?

    Google "Schulreisen" or "Klassenfahrt" and you'll get a taste of some of the companies. There are tons of ads for these in the back of teachers' periodicals (subject-specialist journals, teachers' union newspapers, etc.).  Right next to the ads for clinics specializing in teacher burn-out... 
  5. A good Kinderkrippe, ideally bilingual

    What does it say on the contract you signed with the Kita? If the terms of the Eingewohnung (including scheduling of start date) are written out there, it's probably a lost cause. Be careful: coming up with 'strong arguments' for why they should change policies, or somehow make you an exception to the rule might sour your budding relationship with the people who will be looking after your pride and joy. It's an important relationship (between you and the carers, between your child and the carers) and you don't want to get off on the wrong foot with them. (Also: German institutional cultures are not known for their flexibility in meeting individual needs and requests.)   I get how the scheduling of the Eingewohnung is incompatible with your plans, but it's a good sign (for your child) that the Kita takes Eingewohnung so seriously. Also, although it's probably also cold comfort, school (and yes, sometimes even Kita) calendars tend to be king in Germany, and families get used to not having much choice in the scheduling of their lives. This is esp. true of Kitas where it's a provider's market, i.e. where Kita places are scarce and waitlists long (and staff tend to be hard to find, too).    Good luck! 
  6. Forwarding DHL parcel to a branch

    I have been facing similar problems - in my case, the DPD delivery person fakes delivery attempts (does not actually come to my house where I am waiting in person to receive the package), but delivers the package directly to a DPD Pickup-Paketshop. In my case, their website shows a DPD Pickup-Paketshopin my postcode, 1.2 km from my house, yet my "undeliverable" (i.e. undelivered) package got brought to a different one, a flower shop with limited hours some 6.5km away (35 minutes one way by public transport). I feel your pain! (DHL has been good to me, though - just goes to show how dependent it is on the individual drivers.)   My suggestion: See if you can have your packages either addressed to your work or to a small business near your house (a stationer, a gas station, a pharmacy or dentist's office...).  The latter requires some particular kindness on the part of the business owner/staff but if you are a neighbor (and of course if you give them your custom) they will often be happy to help by accepting parcels for you and keeping them until the evening or next day.   In my experience delivery services are much more reliable at actually dropping packages off at business addresses than at private addresses. I guess they (correctly) assume somebody will be there to sign for it and they know they can hardly use the excuse that "I rang the bell but nobody was there" at a business that was demonstrably open at the time their delivery attempt was supposed to have taken place.  Good luck!
  7. Where to buy pork-free jelly sweeties

    Aldi Süd also have a line of own-brand gelatine-free gummy sweets in their regular product range.  Maybe Aldi Nord do, too?
  8. Orgami paper

    My local Aldi-Süd had patterned origami paper on sale when I stopped by there yesterday.  I've ordered some from Amazon in the past, but I've seen it at local craft stores, too. Our location stationer has sometimes had it, but it's not always in stock there.
  9. what happens at a pap smear test

    I agree with all the responses here (including about those German "friends" not doing you any favors with their troubling commentaries). Why not schedule a consultation with the female gynaecologist before going in for an exam?  Go to her, tell her about your physical limitations (spine, hip, etc.) and the worries about the smear test prompted by others' comments.  Let her explain how *she* does it at *her* practice and tell you how she can accommodate you given your physical circumstances and concerns. She can write everything down in her record of your consultation, and after that you can make another appointment to go in for the check-up and smear test (and remind her then of your prior conversation, too). 
  10. The third annual Heidelberg Women's March will take place on Saturday, 19 January 2019 at 13:30, beginning at Friedrich-Ebert-Platz. As in years past, this event is taking place in solidarity with demonstrations elsewhere in Germany (Frankfurt, Hamburg, Berlin and Munich), in Europe, and around the world. Follow the link for more information: