willowhands

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  • Location Berlin
  • Nationality American/German
  • Hometown Chicago-ish
  • Gender Female
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  1. Coronavirus

    I haven’t switched permanently but did create a German iTunes account in order to get the Vodafone app on my phone. It’s really a nightmare even just trying to  switch between the accounts. I gave up at some point. If you permanently switch to Germany, the American apps will start to not sync and eventually not work/not be supported when they stop updating... but technically it’s possible to have both accounts at the same time, and you’ll just have to log in to each account to get everything updated. Maybe it’s gotten less complicated since I’ve tried?
  2. Collecting the Economic Impact Payment - 2020 CARES Act USA

    Hmmm 🤔    “idiot”?
  3. Collecting the Economic Impact Payment - 2020 CARES Act USA

    Did anyone else get a bullshit letter today about the payment in the mail?    “America will triumph yet again — and rise to new heights of greatness”   yeah. Is that what you’re calling this?    
  4. Reciprocal Driving License from US

    Are you guys sure about this? They got rid of the time period to exchange licenses quite a while ago. If the OP now has a Pennsylvania license and can also prove that they’ve had a valid US license since before moving to Germany (thus not falling into the “tourist DL” thing), I don’t really see what the big problem is. Worst thing they will say is no.  i exchanged my IL license without a problem after having lived here for over ten years. All I had to do was prove I was driving in the states before I moved here. Old licenses/requesting your driving records from the department of transportation are enough proof. 
  5. Berlin restaurants reopen

    The toilets in my neighborhood were open even when it was only takeout...?   last I read (a few days ago), the rule was that you have to wear a mask when visiting the toilet. Which also wasn’t enforced at the restaurant I visited last week. But the toilets were definitely open. 
  6. Berlin restaurants reopen

    I went out on Friday and have decided to not do this again for a while. Only agreed to go because I knew the restaurant would be empty.   Still the hygiene rules make no sense/weren’t followed. No disinfectant at the door. Our waiter kept pulling off his mask in order to talk with us, and he kept the same gloves on for the entire time, serving and picking up dishes (and cash) from the three tables. All I could think about was the Japanese blacklight virus-spreading video that’s been circulating in the news the past few days. 
  7. Collecting the Economic Impact Payment - 2020 CARES Act USA

      My bank (Chase) allowed electronic direct deposit via their app. The money was in my account the next day. Do you still have a bank account in the states?
  8. Collecting the Economic Impact Payment - 2020 CARES Act USA

    I also got my check today. Quite a surprise; I also had problems getting anywhere with the IRS website. Filed in 2018, not yet for 2019, and they sent it to the address on my 2018 taxes. 
  9. Assistance with filing American tax returns

    apparently, if you've filed in 2018/2019, have a social security number, and meet the financial requirements to get the money (even US residents filing abroad) it will be either direct deposited into your account if the IRS already has the information from previous refunds, or sent as a check to the last known address in the states.    I am not a tax person, I am just relaying the information I received. 
  10. 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. 
  11. 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
  12. Coronachat - vents, whines, flummoxes & miscellaneous

    Solitary walks are still allowed...?
  13. 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. 
  14. 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? 
  15. 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.