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54 posts, 10:11 hrs
Hey, thanks for all the helpful advice from all corners on every element! I really appreciate it. My husband does know, but we're stuck in the situation were reporting it would probably back-fire…
6 posts, 09:51 hrs
Actually no. I would let the teacher know however if you use nuts or anything else exotic in your recipes because they (should) know if one of the kids in their care can't eat nuts, etc. Germans love…
14 posts, 22:16 yesterday
swine-flu was notoriously fast and furious. At least in Boston area, this was how most doctors diagnosed it - you got really sick, really fast, but it didn't last so long. I had it - apparently…
21 posts, 20:41 yesterday
I have no bad conscience thank you. I am only incredulous that some people do not value cultural heritage. Once it has gone, it has gone. As an archaeologist I know only too well about maintaining…
34 posts, 20:38 yesterday
The chick from work will be joining us. I think Finnegan's (Königstr. 51) is a good spot, at least for the beginning. Easy to get to and easy to find. If we can get a pretty good estimate by Friday…
9 posts, 17:09 yesterday
@Tincablinca - Looking forward to seeing you again, it's been too long! Just got another tip from a friend: Has anyone been to Tialini? Looks like a nice place, and Italian is always good.
68 posts, 09:19 yesterday
Class size to me: Its half a dozen on one side, 6 on the other. You never know what you are going to get. You can get a large class with great social dynamics, or a small class where the kid is stuck…
5 posts, 19 February
There are two Indian / Pakistani grocery stores in Bochum 1. Kashmir Bazaar Nordring 100 44787, Bochum 2. Orient Bazar Universitätsstraße 18 44789, Bochum In Essen there is a similar grocery…
3 posts, 19 February
Generally the Makler will charge you two months rent plus tax as a fee... You can also consider Siegburg, Troisdorf, Rotter See, Sieglar, Menden areas not far away might be less expensive but…
4 posts, 19 February
Hey there responders. :)...sorry I didn't get back to you earlier..life got in the way I am supposing that by now you will have realised that you are quite a ways from my location. In any event, I…
2 posts, 18 February
Up here, most cafes and restaurants have water bowls outside for dogs, and those places with outside patios all seem to welcome dogs. Must be the same for Stuttgart? Taking dogs inside does not…
1 posts, 17 February
Dear people of toytowngermany, I am having a problem with my laptop; either the adapter or the charging jack is broken. Sometimes it charges, sometimes it doesn't, sometimes it just blinks. Most…
7 posts, 16 February
The primary target spectrum of Universität Mannheim Service & Marketing GmbH - the subcompany of the university that does those courses - are exchange students. In that context, the August course…
1 posts, 16 February
Hi! I am from the Philippines, and I was advised by a friend to teach English here. I have a college degree, and I read somewhere online that I need to take up a TEFL certificate course. Is there a…
13 posts, 15 February
Well, depending on your interests, you could enter an apprenticeship program with Carhartt and the Duale Hochschule Baden-Wurtemberg and you would be working in Weil am Rhein near Lörrach.
12 posts, 15 February
Hi all We have a 2.5 year old, interested to hear about any other English speaking playgroups (although we would also like our daughter to start learning some German at the same time)
19 posts, 15 February
Reminds me when we moved out of our place in Munich. We were discussing this with the lady doing the handover. It was a large German company with 100's of buildings so it was all professional and…
77 posts, 13 February
When you drive a lot, you can. Such drivers are all the same, they do not use the brain much. When you are in a middle lane, and in the right lane there is a lorry and a Fiat behind him. When you…
33 posts, 12 February
I'm trying a reply here, as it's kind of related.. I will live in Bochum for some months, working in Düsseldorf. As I'm a cycling enthusiast, I'm planning to bring my road bike for commuting a…
20 posts, 12 February
Btw Umm how hard is it to speak with potential tenant if I don't speak German..? should I go with English -speaking in my situation..? The relocation is going to be assisted by my company to some…
29 posts, 12 February
The wording is even more misleading than it was a few years ago. When I swapped back in 2013 it was reasonably clear that if you lived in the UK then your address had to be current, but if you moved…
6 posts, 12 February
Sorry, but the real landlord (Wohnungsreferat Uni Stuttgart) doesn't even know that you are in that apartment: Your contract is not "less official", it's illegal. Start looking for a legal…
1 posts, 10 February
Join us for the February Edition of Bonn English Comedy Nights on Thurs, Feb 22! The show is at The Fiddlers Pub in Endenich featuring international top acts from around the world!  We've go two…
1 posts, 10 February
Join us for the February Edition of Bonn English Comedy Nights on Thurs, Feb 22! The show is at The Fiddlers Pub in Endenich featuring international top acts from around the world!  We've go two…
8 posts, 10 February
That may be so but it doesn´t automatically mean you´re allowed to work. E. g. while a physician might have an education which is accepted this doesn´t automatically mean he´s allowed to work as a…
20 posts, 10 February
That varies between municipalities. E. g. at my property even the garage needs to be 5 m away (IIRC) .Also depends. Private persons usually can do that. We once had a business tenant who used the…
4 posts, 10 February
Hi Garyh911, Thank you so much for your help. Btw, how does it work in Germany? Shall I just come and say to the receptionist that I want the Doctor to be my house doctor? I am asking this…
17 posts, 9 February
Hi Jerry. I found this topic, searching for life and jobs in Gera. We might move pretty soon there... Did you start the job back then? How was it? Did you enjoy your stayinh in Gera?…
3 posts, 9 February
Here are some links to animal rescue centres in the Stuttgart area. Apart from the cats in the photographs, they usually have other cats and kittens that are being cared for in private homes.
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