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15 posts, 18:58 yesterday
On J.R.'s behalf.. he's probably not coming so here's a revised: (We're meeting at GinYuu (at Milaneo, opposite the Stadtbibliothek) Sign-up list for the next DUMB, on Thursday, 21st June 2018…
4 posts, 09:33 yesterday
Bad Harzburg is nice, easy road and train access (at least from Braunschweig). Take a ride up the cablecar (located in the centre of town, next to the tourist info place), the treetop walk…
1 posts, 19 June
Hey guys, i was wondering if there is anyone interested in this case. I stumbled upon my mates newspaper yesterday and got off to Heinsberg (somewhere nowhere). As for me, i was looking for some…
4 posts, 18 June
I would recommend sending the landlord a letter via the realtor explaining why you'd be great tenants, with copies of your work contracts and photos. If you don't have pets or kids, and have decent…
7 posts, 18 June
There's certainly more than one way to skin a cat, but since we are talking about a qualification to educate other people: yes I think there should be high standards. Clearl... this has struck a…
48 posts, 18 June
I do get it but this is the notorious German authorities we're talking about who just want you to jump through their hoops. Garching is also easy for me if you really want to go down the vollmacht…
1 posts, 15 June
In the afternoon of 8th July DSV98 is inviting everyone who is interested to a family day / open day. Enjoy some time with coffee and cake and entertainment for children at the lake and pool and grab…
11 posts, 15 June
@BayrischDude, my OP did include our specific interest in Augsburg. I know at first I mention Baravia in general (as other cities may be a possibility), but to clarify, the post title reads that we…
16 posts, 15 June
Great advice for the OP - Connections!! You should use the fact that Germany has a large number of your fellow countrymen and women already here to you advantage, especially for the initial period…
2 posts, 14 June
Welcome to Toytown, David Although there may be one or two, I don't know of any particular TTer who is a student at BTU Cottbus. The chances of there being a member who is a resident of Forst…
43 posts, 14 June
You're so welcome! I'm so glad to hear your friend will help you with disabling your doorbell. People helping people, that's what it's all about! As my gramma would say I think if you find clever…
12 posts, 13 June
I meant asking landlord to inquire with the previous tenant if we could contact them, not to give us their contact info. without permission of course. That's great that you and your neighbors…
10 posts, 13 June
@Frassem, my family and I want to relocate to somewhere near Augsburg. We live in Stuttgart and are stressed by the noise pollution and constant construction (as well as the lack of soundproofing in…
15 posts, 13 June
@aries6 For what it is, I think the price they want you to pay for that bed is ridiculous. I buy from Zack Design, Riess Ambiente and Massivum almost exclusively here. I can vouch for the workmanship…
9 posts, 13 June
Heidelberg Village is nearly all rented despite the fact that they still advertise them on ImmoScout24. Best email them and ask which ones are still free if any. But at 14 euro per sqm it is one of…
3 posts, 12 June
Thanks Jeba - I used toptarif.de. I can read a bare amount of German so with help from Google translate... It could work. Right now I'm waiting for approval. But I think I have to call them and will…
14 posts, 12 June
I want to mention here that all this was not deliberate and happened as a result of my own misinterpretation of the law. I always knew that I am going back to Germany to stay there and will continue…
1 posts, 12 June
The fleamarket for babies' and children's clothing, toys, and other gear will take place once again as part of Heidelberg's Lebendiger Neckar celebrations, taking place this year on Sunday, 17 June.
31 posts, 11 June
I suggested mead too we'll see. It's great honey. It has an unusual grassy/fresh hay flavor I've never experienced before (in honey) - so far I'm loving it in fresh lemonade. which reminds…
5 posts, 10 June
Hi BayrischDude, thanks for the advice. I remember hearing about this law a couple of years ago. It sounded too good to be true. I assumed it would be defeated by vested interests. I'm happy that…
91 posts, 8 June
I've been very close to do it several times, but the lady is the only one with those nasty comments and our families have known for many years. But one day it will happen I guess. I had to block her…
204 posts, 8 June
Have you considered the East/West divide? In areas like Munich, Stuttgart, etc. with close to full employment, it is much easier to find unskilled positions because of the general shortage of…
9 posts, 8 June
Thanks for all this info!! Some of it definitely looks promising. The leaflet for LU looks really good And as a side note: in the city center, the dogs are on a leash. I have no problem with…
4 posts, 8 June
By the way you mean Immergrün i guess? In fact, i have chosen them last year, this year i forgot to change. But so far i had no problems at all. They only didnt pay me the reward for changing the…
1 posts, 7 June
All Saints Anglican church in Cologne is holding its annual summer fete this Saturday from 12-4pm. Come along for a barbecue, cream teas, a second-hand book sale, a bouncy castle, children's…
38 posts, 6 June
From what I know about how family benefits are regulated by the EU (which is fairly little) I am not surprised. The father might be entitled to claim child benefits in the UK, so Germany only pays…
34 posts, 6 June
We train every Monday and Thursday at the Leineweberring, Eckendorfer str from 19.09-20.30 bielefeld-rugby.jimdo.co... m.facebook.com/bielefeld... Hope to see you soon. Just bring some…
1 posts, 6 June
The annual book sale will take place on 16.06.2018 from 10 o' clock to 4 o'clock. Location: St. Catherine's Church Olgastrasse 56 70182 Stuttgart If you have any books you no longer…
10 posts, 5 June
I enjoyed driving my RHD car while in Germany. Yes it did suck going through drive through's and such but I enjoyed it. I know you don't want to sell your car but that'd be the easiest most…
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