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  1. 3 people refused boarding with Easyjet

    And one of them was called Merkel, Angela Merkel?
  2. German women and femininity

    This was posted on Reddit. Somehow Austrians seem more akin to Scandinavians visually:
  3. I think it's easier to find a job in Czechia but the pay is significantly lower. The problem in Germany is that almost every job apart from the lowliest, most unskilled job requires at least an Ausbildung (apprenticeship) which takes 2 - 3 years to complete. I regularly look at job listings and feel like weeping as there wouldn’t be any point in even applying for almost every position. “Want to work in a warehouse counting boxes? Then we have the job for you! Must have 3 year apprenticeship as warehouse worker“. A girl I know worked in her parents bookstore as a teenager and knew the business inside out. After school she wanted to continue working in the trade but her parents couldn’t afford to give her a full-time job so she applied to one of the large chains. She immediately started a 3 year apprenticeship. 3 years training to work in a bookstore! I know other girls doing the same to work in a bakery selling bread. Selling bread, not learning to bake bread. I wonder what do Toytowners do for a living?
  4. So then I must chose a place where everyone can be/has been/is employed in arts or music? So Southern Europe? So what can be done to get there in my case? It was so easy to find a job at a multinational in Slovakia and Czech Republic but a.) Those jobs are only available in poorer countries like Greece, Portugal and ex-socialist ones. b.) Those jobs are a temporary solution, I don't want to spend my life in an office doing boring administrative work.   Besides after working for American business, their practices are terrible, you're so overworked that you have no energy to even learn the local language, all I did in the weekends/evenings was recover from work fatigue. Maybe a Western European-owned company would be a better employer but there are not that many (my friends working at Henkel and Roche certainly liked them more than I liked my US-owned employers and now working for a French-owned business it's much less of a rat race, sure, they have norms but for a whole months we had no norms. That will never happen in a US business).
  5. I have a Master Degree (from another Western European country no less, Eastern Euro degrees in anything but medicine are not well-regarded, I get it). I've seen lots of compatriots who work at unis in Germany. I don't think all of them teach in German, so I'm thinking of a PhD. I've noticed even some small Bavarian universities have some foreign staff that teach for example things like International Business or Politics, and many of them teach in English due to the subject matter. Those are related to my degree.   Back in 2013 when I was researching for my master there were very few Master degrees taught in English in anything in both Austria and Germany. However, today their number seems to be much higher. As for teaching English, there are far too many native EN speaking expats and most European countries prefer them or locals that know good EN over a person from a third country. That works only in Asia or Eastern Europe (e.g. I had a Greek coworker who taught English in Romania).   Apart from that I can sing in German (by ear) and Czech, and can even write lyrics in them, so singing gigs are a-OK for me.
  6. That's really bad, where is that?   I find it sad that locals never venture much, do they even visit the neighboring small towns? Or just live their whole lives in their village?   I mean just look at this about 45 km or about 30 minutes by car from the closest Bavarian town Furth im Wald (which itself is fantastic and has a huge robotic dragon they use for slaying reenactions): https://www.google.com/maps/@49.3948922,13.2930573,3a,90y,243.06h,121.65t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sMvp-0EZ7gAXE4mdzaYXgqA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656   or this cute town just off the Nuremberg - Prague highway (Via Carolina): https://www.google.com/maps/@49.7529683,13.0051704,3a,64.4y,273.24h,108.28t/data=!3m8!1e1!3m6!1sAF1QipPK9cKEsbjMwPhWh5sIddIADIbG4QmVIeIbStaq!2e10!3e11!6shttps:%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2Fp%2FAF1QipPK9cKEsbjMwPhWh5sIddIADIbG4QmVIeIbStaq%3Dw203-h100-k-no-pi-0-ya341.49185-ro-0-fo100!7i11264!8i5632
  7. ^^Well that's true but I'm not work-from-home material. I mean I like it more than working in an office but I'd rather work in a school or university, I love academic environments. That said my true passion are the performing arts which requires lots of networking. Ideally I'd like to combine both plus nature, so a satellite town around a city with amenities like theaters, festivals and music/TV production is ideal.   Maybe I should've just reduced my OP to asking for places that offer opportunities for college/uni teaching (in EN) or/and access to music business/TV channels. I've heard college towns are a thing in Germany just as in the USA. Even Erlangen has a branch of a university I think and even Nuremberg has music recording studios. What I find weird is how little talk there is of commuting considering the distances are not that big (Bavaria is larger than the Netherlands or Belgium but still has a good road network). Do expats and locals commute much in Bavaria? And what about the two/tri-country D/CZ; A/D; CZ/A and D/A/CZ areas?   In the USA many people commute everyday the same distances as between Ceske Budejovice & Linz or even the one between Klatovy & Regensburg. Is it viable to live on the cheaper Czech side, yet work in Bavaria or Austria? How common are such cross-country arrangements? Or maybe one can work in Austria, live in Bavaria (they say it's cheaper) and have a summer house/vacation flat in Czechia? You certainly don't get that many areas in the EU where you can have 3 distinct countries with distinct flavors and architecture at your fingertips, yet you need to learn only 2 official languages instead of 3. I don't get people who live close to the borders and have never visited any of the other two countries... I imagine living somewhere like Madeira, Stockholm or Athens would get more boring after a while as you only get one culture and they're quite isolated.   ^Dreisesselberg's just a hill, not many opportunities there for songwriters/musicians like me I'm afraid.
  8. German women and femininity

    Austrian women seem to invest almost as much time in their looks as their Slovak neighbors. Most women at one of the local TV stations in Linz look like this: https://www.lt1.at/team/ Here's the local TV team at Augsburg (similar population size as Linz): https://www.augsburg.tv/a-tv-team/ - most seem to have that farm-girl-from-US-flyover-states-like look. Just the other day I saw an interview with a random young female farmer in one of the smaller towns around Linz and she would be considered actress material in Munich.   I wonder what is the cultural reason for this disparity? Sissi? Being surrounded by Slavs/Italians/Hungarians?
  9. I often street view Central Europe. I still can't believe there are small towns with so many fairy-tale like town squares & fantastic historical architecture there. I like lots of Czech towns but on the other hand salaries there are quite low but from some places in Germany & Austria one can easily do monthly or even weekend trips to Czechia.   Bavaria & Thuringia are my favorite parts of Germany but the salaries in Thuringia are a joke. Munich & Nuremberg look quite unattractive to me on Street view compared to other places I've lived in like Prague, Sofia and even Bratislava. Makes sense as they were heavily bombed in WWII. Smaller towns in Bavaria like Regensburg are more inviting but I wonder what can one work there? I know Germany has many small college towns, afaik Regensburg has a uni. Can one teach in English there (until I learn German well enough)?   On the other hand all the media/arts seem to be based in Munich in Bavaria. I'd like to have access to that as I have a side career as a lyricist/musician/TV commerical director. I'd prefer Prague or even Vienna over Munich if I have to live in/outside such a big city (though Linz, Passau, Freistadt, Plzeň, Cesky Krumlov, Ceske Budejovice and Regensburg are placed ideally for cross-country trips). Maybe I could live in the hills very south of Munich but I think it's not very practical to commute so much everyday?   Then comes Austria, the often overlooked Germanic speaking country. Supposedly it must be like Bavaria but unlike Bavarians their larger cities have at least some small hills (even Vienna has some hills in its Western outskirts). Unfortunately most major Bavarian cities and towns seem to be in flat, not so picturesque areas. And unlike the also-flat Pilsen and Ceske Budejovice they do not have the picturesque old architecture preserved, nor so many cobblestone streets. So Austria has the most beautiful nature/hills/lakes in the region, Czechia the best preserved classical architecture and easiest language (for me) and Bavaria has some also picturesque hills and small towns but in terms of the larger cities it seems to be behind the other two. What would you say makes Bavaria stand out compared to Austria and Czechia? It seems to have a larger number of small college towns, the Bavaria Film studios and that's great but the more I investigate the more unsure I am. Oh and on a funny side note there must be something in the Austrian water as I find Austria has the most attractive women in the area, esp. Linz ones outmatch even the Czech holkas.   Has anyone decided between these three in the past? Other countries I like and have considered are Greece and Italy (only Athens, Catania and Rome but they're quite isolated from rest of Europe, and I hate the summer heatwaves & earthquakes), Hungary (hard language + heatwaves as well), Sweden (too isolated for international travels, winter's too humid and grim). I lived in Bratislava for quite a while and liked it there but the salaries were not particularly high. I found the winters in Prague nice as the snow trapped the humidity and it felt less cold despite the temp being much lower than in the Netherlands where I hated the humidity.
  10. Can you teach in a university in Germany with only basic/pedestrian knowledge of German?
  11. If you dare say even one remotely not-so-positive opinion on Munich they go ballistic on you (e.g. I just asked if there are hilly nearby towns as it seems way too flat for my liking). And I was not trolling.   Btw it really sucks that all large cities in Bavaria are in flat boring valleys (namely, Munich, Nuremberg and Augsburg) and far away from any hills so I'm considering Linz and Salzburg for living/working while I can always travel next door to Germany on shopping trips.   AFAIK only Stuttgart, Coburg, Passau and maybe Regensburg seem to have hills within the city proper and of those Stuttgart is too far away from the Czech Republic, which to me is important as I love traveling there. Coburg and Passau are too small so that only leaves Regensburg as suitable for me from the larger cities. I don't know whether it'd be better to live in the 4th largest city in Bavaria or the 3rd in Austria.
  12. How do you find Austrian German?

    optimista, I went to a sauna in Slovakia and nothing much happened. I'm a bit not into that though as I don't like being around nude old people lol. I don't know about Austrians but I would feel creepy sharing a sauna with a Greek. Their friendliness rubs me the wrong way and is a bit creepy.
  13. How do you find Austrian German?

    Thanks! I wonder if Austrians differ in behavior to their Bavarian neighbors?
  14. Virtually all of our greatest minds, those who fought for our uprising in Bulgaria came from the mountains. So we have a saying "The fields give birth to pumpkins while the mountains give birth to people".   Anyway, I've only lived in two mostly flat areas - London and various places in the Netherlands. I found living in both insufferable and enjoyed my life in Prague and Bratislava (it has a hill though small) much more. There are very few towns/cities that are mostly flat and I like - most of them in Bulgaria, Sweden (Stockholm is lovely yet flat) or Czechia. That said I don't like towns in tight valleys surrounded by huge hills on every side (for ex. Madan in Bulgaria), even Vitosha looks too suffocating looming over Sofia, so I would prefer Linz (small hills) to Innsbruck (too mountainous) or Munich (too flat).   I like sea/lake towns but the open sea scares me at night, something about all that dark water and not being able to see the opposite coast is creepy to me so I guess I would hate living on the oceanfront. At least with most lakes you can see the opposite side. Rolling hills with winding country roads is my version of heaven, so I like the hilly areas of Upper/Lower Austria, Czech Republic and Bavaria the best in central Europe. But even Hungary that's known for plains has some small hills, so it's nowhere near as boring as a completely flat country. Rolling hills beat both huge mountains and flatlands imo.
  15. I meat this one: https://www.facebook.com/groups/expats.munich