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  1. Fuhrerschein experiences

    IME, I lucked out with the examiner. I had to take the theory and practical because my state (NY) does not have that agreement with Germany. So I was an experienced driver (20 years) already.    I did not like my driving instructor because he made me very nervous. He also said the lessons would be in English and then on the first lesson only did German from then on because he said my German is fine. My German is OK, but I wanted to do the lessons in English, so I would have to think less.    Anyway, the day of the exam came and my examiner was very nice and did the test in English. He knew I was an Umschreiberin and was pretty friendly with my instructor. They talked most of the time, and my test was short. The examiner said it’s clear you can drive and I passed. I really do think they know the examiners. I took my test on the outskirts of Munich, so there wasn’t much city driving, thankfully. 
  2. What are you cooking today?

      Thank you for the apple juice tip! I have greatly reduced my alcohol intake this year and I am trying to find ways to cook without it because I simply don’t want it in the house (or I’ll drink it). Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy alcohol, but the pandemic made it so damn easy to just drink at home more often than I wanted to. It has also made my glass recycling so much easier! 
  3. Does Anyone Work in Munich?

      How much are you paying? I think that is the big question. I had a Minijob at a restaurant right before the pandemic hit and I never went back because the pay (minimum wage to reach 450 was about 45-47 hours a month) was not worth the time and back breaking labor in a kitchen. 
  4. What are you cooking today?

    Thank you everyone! I actually figured out how to link it through Imgur. They moved the button from the last time I posted a pic here.    Let me try it with what I made tonight. French onion soup with an Appenzeller/Gruyère cheese mix. I didn’t have any wine in the house (Sober October challenge), so I used a splash of white wine vinegar with an equal splash of water. I prefer the wine more.       
  5. What are you cooking today?

    I made braised oxtail over egg noodles the other day.    Trying to post an image, but it won’t work.   Here’s the link:   https://imgur.com/a/8AnbquI   And if anyone can fill me in on how to post an image, that would be great! 
  6. 3G in Restaurants?

    I have been to a few places in Munich for indoor dining and they have only checked my QR code on my phone. These are small places. I went to Kennedy’s the other day and they checked my ID as well. That was the first time they matched the ID to my phone. It was kind of crowded there and I think the guy at the door said I didn’t have to wear my mask.    My work is now asking for proof of a vaccination. 
  7. Divorce while one party is outside Germany

    If your wife in in Germany and you have been living outside of Germany for two years, I think she would need to file because she fits the residency requirements. Not sure, though. I’d ask a German lawyer that specializes in family law. There is a divorce link on Toytown somewhere, just search.    Are you sure it’s easier in Germany? 
  8. Hi, am calling from Microsoft. Your PC is infected

    I got a call from them again the other day. She just kept reading off the script, so I told her to get to the point and that I know she was reading a script. She then told me, “get lost, idiot.” 🤣
  9. American-German Dual Citizenship for Child

      Uh, that’s pretty much what I said. If the child is a US citizen, they have to file taxes when they get older, so the OP should consider that. I don’t know why you said FYI. 
  10. How to resign!

    What does your contract say? It usually is 3 months in written form. 
  11. Politics Gen XYZ

    What happened to all the other threads on this board? 
  12. What will my US car need for TÜV?

      Well, yeah, that’s true. I’m in Munich and I do take trips in lower Bavaria, so I need winter tires. 
  13. What will my US car need for TÜV?

    It’s a 2011 car. Do yourself a favor and sell it and buy here. TUeV will have a field day with it.    I’m going to guess that TUeV will require like 2000 (possibly more) in repairs. The big thing is the exhaust system and emissions. This is just a guess remember. Then you will have to probably pay more in tax because it is a big car. You will also need winter and summer tires. Plus shipping and customs. 
  14. American-German Dual Citizenship for Child

      I am not a lawyer, so I can’t give any legal advice. I have heard about choosing when they are 18, though. I have no experience with it. This wiki has a bit about it, I think: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jus_sanguinis. It is wiki, though, so it isn’t legal advice. You can look for a lawyer here: https://anwaltauskunft.de/magazin#ls-extended   That being said, think about where you plan to live in the future because the children will have to file a US tax return if they are a citizen. You may also need the tax reduction for your US taxes. 
  15. English-speaking driving schools in Munich

      Just take the test in manual and make your life easier. 
  16.   LOL. Can you imagine how long it would take them to get Oyster card style booths???    I see you are in Munich and Sendlinger Tor Ubahn and above has taken years….. Marienplatz took a long time as well. 
  17. They are 14,60 now. I just looked at mine and it has the date up top now. Previous years had the upper spot bigger. They almost never examine the whole card. Show them the stamp and it’s folded over and they can’t see the top. I don’t think I have used an out of date card, though. 
  18. The first time I had student housing and stayed with a friend for one night. The other time the job had an apartment. Isn’t the job offering you something? 
  19.   If it’s really old, the Streifenkart will look different with regards to amount of space between the part you stamp and the top. But since it’s folded over, they probably won’t notice.    It’s easy to spot the inspectors. 
  20. Separation: can I send my kid to two kindergardens?

    If you are separating, please see a lawyer. They will the agreement in place with how much money he has to give you for your child and for you (I assume he makes more money). You are entitled to get separation payments from him. It doesn’t sound like he will be giving you any of that? Also you need to get moving on the separation paperwork because your separation date is the date to start getting your money and if 6 months go by, you do NOT get back payments.    You can work part time on Hartz 4. The limit right now is 446 for living. Rent and Nebenkosten are separate from that. Those regulations came about from the pandemic. I think the highest a single person can get is about 1200? This will also cover your health insurance and Rentenversicherung. You can also get help with a social worker and Sozial Wohnungen.    I highly suggest you concentrate on getting a lawyer for your separation payments and looking into Hartz 4 or Wohnungsgeld to further help you. I would worry about the kindergarten issue later. 
  21. Work: IT company vs. university (teaching)

        Well, I saw upthread it wouldn’t be a catastrophe since you said you can retire. Some VHSes are hard to get into a nice teaching setup and some are easy. I got a lot of work in Frankfurt VHS and not so much in Munich, but I also had different circumstances. You can also do Lehraufträge since you said that about retirement. You just need to organise a freelance visa, but that’s a pain with health insurance and taxes.    And you’re right, they all sued and now it has made things very difficult for others in academia. You can google Lehraufträge and Hartz 4 and you will see it is a problem. They can’t get contracts. The government doesn’t know what to do with these people.    I don’t have the blue card. I have the Daueraufenhalts-EU (I’m not really sure what the difference is). Thank God I got that because I separated from my exH right when my contract ended. It was an absolute nightmare.    But I have recently secured a contract with a private Hochschule. Not 100%, but it will go up next year. That’s unbefristet.    One more thing to consider: which city? Munich is so expensive for rent.     
  22. Work: IT company vs. university (teaching)

    Some things to consider with a two-year contract, is that there is usually a time limit you have to wait to get another befristet contract. In Bavaria, it used to be a three-year wait, now you can never get another two-year contract! The only contract you are eligible for is a permanent contract (good luck with that!). This is for public universities. Sometimes they work out new befristet contracts with a “Projekt” and then it is acceptable.    Private universities are different.    You can also move states and there is no limit or go for a federal job.    This isn’t something to be taken lightly. You can get Arbeitslosengeld 1 for about a year after the contract ends and hope and pray you find something in that time. Also it depends on your visa status (I have unbefristet). If you have unbefristet status, you can then go the freelance route teaching and on ALG 2 (this is not fun).    Academia is extremely competitive for jobs. Think about what you will do when that contract of two years runs out and which state it is. 
  23. Happy To Help in Münich

    Email sent!
  24. What are you cooking today?

    I made ginger chicken meatballs in a ginger coconut broth and spinach.  
  25. This might help you since you are not a member of the Mieterverein:   https://frankfurt.de/themen/planen-bauen-und-wohnen/wohnen/mietrechtliche-beratung/mietrechtliche-beratung