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  1. Car rentals in Ingolstadt

    I did not have a UK licence when I hired the cars.  All I presented was the new(ish) German licence which had valid from dates that were both wrong and satisfactory for the car hire company.  I can't remember the dates on my surrendered UK license, but I know I had a full UK motorcycle license from 1964.  I also can't remember when I got a UK car licence, but I guess it was in the 1970s.  The German license shows motorcycle entitlement from 1975 and car entitlement from 1983.
  2. Car rentals in Ingolstadt

    I can support what Feierabend says.  I hired cars a couple of times on my then recently acquired German licence (converted from a UK Licence) without a problem.
  3. Windows 10

    Agreed.  However there are ways to disable auto updates in Windows 10 Home.  Here are links to two articles which show how: and
  4. Germans upset about being photographed in public places

    When I started coming to Germany frequently I remember a German/American  family telling me about this, and stressing that is was the law of the land.  This would have been in the mid to late 80s.  I remember posing questions about press photographer taking action shots of football matches and captions identifying the players and officials and what happened if spectators were identifiable.  I never received a clear answer..
  5. I woke up blind in one eye this morning

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery John.  Thinking of you.
  6. Coronavirus

    I've just realised it was a spelling mistake (lethality).  I wasn't trying to be smart, I was just curious and now I've made myself look really dumb.
  7. Coronavirus

    Hi jeba:  I don't know the word letality and it's not in my dictionary.  Any chance of an explanation? 
  8.   Pretty much matches what the same office told me a few months back.  I should say that it's a pleasure to do business with people who seem to see it as their job to help!
  9. Hello Ember. 


    I have posted a reply to your post on the forum. 


    I would like to add a personal message.  If there is anything I can do to help you and your family please let me know,


    Best regards


    Max (aka Starkebogen)

  10. Life in Husum

    My experience about integrating into the education system is so limited as to make any comment from me of doubtful value.    However I have considerable experience of how non German speaking aliens are readily accepted and integrated into one small community.  I can't speak for the whole of Germany but I have been welcomed with open arms and made to feel a local here in the Moselle valley.  This despite me continually reminding the locals about 30 July 1966 and my insistence that the ball did cross the line!  (As Ember is American she might not understand that, but it's not important).  When I arrived my German was close to zero (some of my German friends claim it's not much better now).  I have witnessed immigrants from Bulgaria, Poland, Portugal and Romania (probably also elsewhere) get similar welcomes.  Further, when the refugee influx was at its peak the community was unbelievably welcoming.   As far as children integrating socially, I had one ten year old English language pupil from Syria  When she arrived she spoke no German and just few words of English.  Within a few months she had many German friends and was certainly integrated much more quickly than her parents.   I must stress that my experience is limited to this one area of Germany and might not be typical.
  11. Brexit and Credit

    If you want or need credit what's the problem in applying?  I don't know many British ex-pats here, but one I do know financed a car in July with no problem.   
  12. Opening a new bank account

    Another satisfied N26 customer here.  My income is in GBP and I use a Bordeless Transferwise account to fund my N26 account.
  13. Need legal advice for my friend

      what the hell has Canada, or anywhere else, got to do with it?  This is a forum about living in Germany!
  14.     Not quite sure what you mean by Scottish.  Scottish Gaelic, which some people describe as Scottish, is a language very distant from any form of English.  The Scottish dialect/accent of English varies from one part of Scotland to another.  Incidentally, if you want to wind a Scottish person up you can describe them, or almost anything else from Scotland, as "Scotch".
  15. Do you like living in Germany?

    Getting back to the question posed in the title of this topic:  Yes, I love living in Germany.  There might be parts of Germany that I wouldn't like living in, so really I am saying that I love living in the Moselle.  For sure, there are inconveniences, annoyances and frustrations, but that's true of everywhere.   It always strikes me as strange when I hear the observation (or complaint) that "it's not like that where I come from".  That seems to indicate that the speaker is not suited to living outside their homeland.
  16. Need US SIM card for receiving bank SMS verification

    fraufruit asked "Can you not just send an SMS or make a short call to keep it active?".   The simple answer is that's exactly what I do!
  17. Need US SIM card for receiving bank SMS verification

    I'm afraid that I can't help the original poster, but I have an alternative solution for UK users.  I have a pre-pay SIM from Tesco mobile which accepts SMS messages from the UK for no charge.  The only, very minor, problems are:  The account will be closed if it goes six months without incurring a charge and it is not easy to purchase a top up voucher without a debit or credit card registered to a UK address.
  18. liebling, your experience and success matches that of a close friend of mine.  He brought up three children with the policy of only speaking English with them when in the house.  If they spoke German to him at home he would feign deafness.  Outside the house he would speak German with them (he is fluent in German).  Now all three of those kids are adults with two first languages (and two of them now live in the States).
  19. US TV in Germany, SmartDNS, VPN...? What?

  20. US TV in Germany, SmartDNS, VPN...? What?

    After years of trying various solutions I settled on ExpressVPN and I add my name to the list of satisfied ExpressVPN customers.  I use a dedicated ExpressVPN router which sits between all my devices and my ISP router.  This is an ideal solution for me, but the performance overhead can be significant.  This is not a problem for me as I have a 256 Mbps Internet connection.   However, my reason for posting is to point out that a VPN service differs from a DNS Proxy service in one way that might be important for users:  A VPN encrypts and routes all traffic;  A DNS Proxy service decides which traffic to process.  The upshot is that the DNS Proxy might not work for all the sites you need it to work for.  To illustrate, Smart DNS did not work for a site that I use every day.  When I asked Smart DNS to add this site the list of sites it supported it refused to do so.
  21. Moving to Pempelfort Dusseldorf - TIPS?

    Best of luck with your move.  I hope you will both be very happy.    I can't help with information you requested, but I would like to make one point.  The full word Gymnasium is a false friend - in German it is a type of school.  So, if you ask about a Gymnasium you might be directed to a school!    Also, it seems that most doctors speak English.  I have been told that good English is required to qualify as a doctor in Germany.  I cannot confirm the truth of that statement, but it does fit with my experience:  Most, if not all, of the non English speaking doctors I have encountered have not been German.
  22. Banking in Germany- N26 Bank

    I use N26 every day.  While it's not perfect it meets most of my needs (and it's free).  The biggest problem I encounter is depositing cash.  My experience with the merchants that allegedly accept cash on N26's behalf has been disappointing.  Fortunately this need does not arise very often and I have found that Norisbank works well (and free) when I need to to it.   I find it mildly frustrating that in order to use the N26 platform on a desktop PC I must first log in to the N26 app on my mobile phone.
  23. Having a USD bank account in Germany

    I've just recalled one limitation with Transferwise:  Standing Orders are not possible, although Transferwise have told me that this facility will be introduced next year.   My apologies for not mentioning this before.
  24. Having a USD bank account in Germany

    I'm another satisfied Transferwise customer.  I have no German income and I use the borderless account to:  Accept GBP from my own regular UK account and from third parties;  Make occasional GBP payments;  Convert GBP to EUR;  Make EUR transfers to my regular German bank account and to third parties.