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  • Location Berlin
  • Nationality American
  • Hometown New York City
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  1. Has anyone any experience of working in the UAE?

    I'd think twice if I were you. A British guy was in a crowded restaurant and was trying to move around a man who was in his way--brushing his hip in the process. The moron actually had the poor guy arrested for making a "homosexual advance" at him. It costed him £ 32.000 in legal fees, several months in jail, his job, and his apartment to explain that bumping against another man while passing does not necessarily equate a sexual advance, gay or otherwise.   Oh, and let's not forget that if you owe anyone money or are a witness to a crime, the immigration authorities will refuse to issue you an exit pass until the issue is resolved.
  2. They take your Schufa score, and they average out your monthly income deposits (that should NOT be ALG!). They weigh that against common expenses such as average monthly rent in your area and such, and determine the probability of you being able to pay the loan back without backing yourself into a corner.
  3. Taking a wild guess here, it could be that your credit rating is acceptable, but the amount of the loan you are requesting is too high when the debt vs income ratio is calculated in the decision. Having existing credit cards (especially ones with high credit limits) will also pose somewhat of an issue. But rather than cause you any distress by telling you "Sorry, your application has been denied", they would prefer for you to come in and discuss some alternative options in obtaining a loan.
  4. The war for apartments in Berlin

    I moved to Berlin in 2015 under the naive assumption that finding an apartment in the largest city in Germany shouldn't be too difficult, especially already having a job lined up, rental references, and plenty of funding in the bank. Clearly, I was in for an extremely rude awakening, as I ended up spending 9 grueling months bouncing between temporary rooms and hostels. When I finally (at random) managed to score a permanent room in a WG situation, you better believe I held onto it for dear life!   I've been here for 4 years now, and although I get along perfectly well with my housemate...I'm getting to a point where I'd really like to be on my own with my own place--especially since having been at the same job for the past 4 years and been promoted, I know that I am more than able to afford a decent apartment.   But in Berlin, the competition is cut-throat! With every showing I went to, there would always be a MINIMUM of 10 other people there (with another 10 or so showing up right after us), and putting my application in with a stack of 30 other applicants felt like playing a lottery.   I know about real estate agents here, but never used one. Is it possible to use one and pay them a sizeable commission to get me a decent apartment? Money is not an issue, I can afford a €1200 apartment with my income. It's just that I don't want to go back into this same routine of running all over Berlin for months on end for absolutely nothing! I swear, finding a JOB is easier than finding a place to stay in Berlin!
  5. Okay, so earlier I decided to take a trip to Frankfurt and see if it really was as awesome as my friend claimed it to be (And it was! )   However, there was a couple of incidents that had me a bit spooked, so to speak. In the area directly outside of the Hauptbahnhof (which I'm assuming is the red light district, judging by the seedy atmosphere) I walked past a bar, and a man standing outside asked me in a friendly manner if I would like to come in and have a drink. That actually caught me a bit off guard, because most bouncers I'd encountered were more interested in booting people OUT, not inviting them in. I replied that a drink would be nice, and he escorted me inside. The first thing I noticed was that, except for the bartender, the place was completely empty, and lit by an eerie red light.   I was then approached by a woman, who led me to a dark booth and told me to have a seat. I did sit down, but then began to feel incredibly uncomfortable as she sat next to me, and the aforementioned man stood directly in the doorway. That was when I got up and asked for him to move so I could leave. He asked me what the problem was, and I ended up shouting for him to get out of my way--to which he obliged. As I walked up the street, not more than 5 minutes later, a woman standing outside of a bar politely asked if I'd like to come inside. I'm not quite sure why, it may have been out of curiousity of what would happen in this instance, but I went inside with her...and it was the exact same setting: A full stocked bar sans patrons, dark red lighting, and her trying to lead me to a dark booth in the back. I spun around this time and headed directly back outside.   So out of gnawing curiousity, does anyone know anything about these particular types of bars and what the ulterior motive is for people inviting passerbys inside? I've never heard of or encountered anything like this before. This was just creepy...