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About willowhands

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  • Location Berlin
  • Nationality American/German
  • Hometown Chicago-ish
  • Gender Female
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  1. Assistance with filing American tax returns

    My tax people informed me that a check should arrive at my last known US address, although it might take a while. 
  2. Soforthilfe II

    Can anyone briefly clarify the Soforthilfe-Paket II in English? I’ve been reading up on it and don’t quite understand how it works. Several news outlets are saying it’s now available, but when I visit the IBB website, applications are only being accepted starting on Friday.    Will this money need to be paid back?  Do I need to wait until my accounts are fully at zero, or can/should I apply for this right now? (I can float along for another two months or so, but have absolutely no work in sight)   would be very grateful if any of you can clarify this
  3. Coronachat - vents, whines, flummoxes & miscellaneous

    Solitary walks are still allowed...?
  4. Coronachat - vents, whines, flummoxes & miscellaneous

    Omfg there are handymen in our house who are trying to change/read all the heater meters.    why would I even THINK about letting you in my apartment after you’ve been in everyone else’s apartment?? Why are these people even working??? seriously. so. flabbergasted. 
  5. Coronachat - vents, whines, flummoxes & miscellaneous

    I just went out to get some sun and it seems no one gives an f about keeping distance. The playgrounds were full and only two people I walked by actually gave me space. Others just walked right next to me.    Is no one taking this seriously? 
  6. Cancel holiday over corona virus?

    I am so glad I didn’t go. Montenegro has banned its citizens from entering Germany as of today. Ryanair just sent me a refund link for my return flight. 
  7. Coronachat - vents, whines, flummoxes & miscellaneous

    so Berlin just banned all gatherings with more than 50 people. I don’t understand the logic of banning “large” social events but still allowing tons of people in stores. I ran some errands today and the stores were very full. Or did I miss that the more-than-50-people rule is also going to apply to retail as well?   https://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/coronakrise-berlin-untersagt-veranstaltungen-ab-50-menschen-a-85834425-feae-40ab-94aa-76299222fda5
  8. Coronachat - vents, whines, flummoxes & miscellaneous

    Flummox: the Rewe near me is almost out of all types of beans/lentils, but the asian store literally next door to Rewe is full of massive bags of every type of dried bean imaginable, all cheaper than what is being sold at Rewe. 
  9. Cancel holiday over corona virus?

    I’m freelance so I’m screwed either way 
  10. Cancel holiday over corona virus?

    Yeah I am Not Happy about this right now. But I’m pretty sure it’s the right decision. 
  11. Cancel holiday over corona virus?

    So I decided not to go. I’d rather lose the money and be at home than be stuck and/or ill far away from home all on my own and/or be carrying the virus unknowingly into a country with so far no cases.   
  12. Cancel holiday over corona virus?

    Five hours til my flight and I still have no idea what to decide... 
  13. Cancel holiday over corona virus?

    Montenegro. I’ve packed, but am still undecided if I’m actually going. 
  14. Cancel holiday over corona virus?

    This is my main concern. Unknowingly being a carrier.  The other concern is about not being able to get back home (if they start cancelling flights). 
  15. Cancel holiday over corona virus?

    I’m supposed to go on vacation tomorrow and completely understand the curiosity about asking what other people are doing in this situation. I’m trying to figure out what the most responsible thing is to do, but I don’t know the answer to that.