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27 posts, 6 December
If you constantly worry about this, your mental health will only get worse. You do not gain anything from that. Whatever happened is happened and you cannot go back in time and change it. What you…
28 posts, 6 December
might I suggest a puffer skirt to go over your normal pants/leggings? something like this: bergfreunde.de/columbia-... lots of water resistant models too, they come in different lengths and…
11 posts, 5 December
Hey all, I wanted to provide a status update and some info that I learned for others. The next step in this fiasco: I received a very sternly worded letter addressed to my home from the…
3 posts, 4 December
I think that you need to change this. If you don't put the effort in, then why should she? Maybe not the whole time, but you could maybe have English days/weekends. Maybe plan it around…
3 posts, 3 December
If you don't serve.your notice period , it is a violation of infy s employment contract, right?. Are they aggressive on such cases? May be talk to hr and make a deal to serve your notice period…
1 posts, 2 December
Hello. I'm considering moving to Forchheim (and commute to FAU South Campus in Erlangen to study). The village seems quite nice, however I'd like to ask your advice (any remarks really) about moving…
18 posts, 2 December
What is new is the rise in mental health issues in young people. Although the you are right that the disinterest and derision from the Establishment on the topic remains pretty much consistent.
8 posts, 30 November
Choosing a school is not considered an everyday decision. And a child is also not considered able to make their own decisions until age 14, I believe... Good luck and hope things work out for all…
2 posts, 30 November
Purchased an apartment several years ago. Everything went well and we upgraded kitchen, etc. Sold the same apartment last year. BUT, everything fell apart 2 working days before the money was…
1 posts, 29 November
Dear All, I have an unlimited residency in Germany, I have been paying taxes until now since last 6 years, I need your advise,. My work vertrag says "Des Ansstellungsvertrag ist auf 1 Jahr…
30 posts, 29 November
Thanks for the very constructive replies! This group is awesome. I think it's not possible anymore to let him redo a class and go back one year. He will be 12 years next month and is in the 5th…
2 posts, 29 November
Thank you, WRoY, for your comprehensive overview of events in and around the Stutt - very helpful! Although I've always been a big fan of the Book Sale and Advent Bazaar at St. Catherine's, I am…
12 posts, 28 November
Please also ask for help from your university’s international office / welcomecentre and the Studentenwerk. They are better placed to give you the individual support you need.
12 posts, 27 November
Thank you very much for your replay and help! It was really good! Yes I will do that, talk with university legal advice and see if they can help me , Thank you! One more thing! Sorry sorry Do…
53 posts, 27 November
It is laminated security glass as you can see. (S)He has to swing the axe several times and rather peels it off like really tough plastic packaging. Of course, there should have been lights and alarm…
57 posts, 26 November
Just as an idea, if you ever want to ship a nice bottle again: Try a German upscale liquor shop and ask them if they offer a gift-wrap and shipping service. I have only ever done it from Germany in…
6 posts, 26 November
Yes, I agree that raising livestock could be problematic. If they were close to a population centre, something like pick your own strawberries could be an idea - there is one quite close to me…
1 posts, 24 November
Hello My name is Mira, I'm 25, i moved to Bremen one year ago, i basically do nothing beside working out after my job, and honestly just fitting has been rather hard for me maybe the language barrier…
10 posts, 24 November
So you've now found your driving licence which you claim to of lost 10 days ago? This is someone who went to Hungary to get his drivers licence while being resident in Germany which is…
4 posts, 22 November
Hi Jaffa Cake, nice to hear from you. I know BD a bit. Wurstmarkt and that sort of thing. I've been here for twenty years and well integrated but still miss mein Heimat sometimes. I'm in 67434. 54…
1 posts, 22 November
I have three (!) old mobile phones (they no longer work) to dispose of. In the UK at least one store collected old ones last time I was there. Does anyone know of any organisations or shops here…
2 posts, 21 November
This is what the Europa.eu website says: europa.eu/youreurope/cit... So according to this you should be OK. But you might have issues when boarding your flight as not everybody might…
7 posts, 20 November
Just a thought - have you checked if there are there any insurance inplications in using your car for business purposes? I am thinking particularly if there was an accident and a child was injured or…
8 posts, 18 November
Hi everyone, I just wanted to update this in case other people face a similar situation. We decided to put both our kids in the local Grundschule. It was a good decision. The school isn’t…
1,427 posts, 18 November
Unfortunately, we had several cancellations due to illness, but those that were able to make it had a fun evening. And "Gute Besserung" to those that are not as healthy as they should be! Due to…
27 posts, 18 November
When I obtained my drivers licence in Germany due to Brexit I noticed they had the start date of my original license on the new German one valid until 2034. I only obtained the licence due to Brexit…
2 posts, 12 November
Just go to your doctor and talk to them. Tell them that you will be paying yourself and they might then recommend a specific lab which might be cheaper etc. You should also talk to your health…
2 posts, 11 November
Hello stardust I am not a good fit for your preferences, for several reasons: 1) I am a 72 year old male; 2) I’m not sure I could spend two hours playing constructively with an 11 year old girl; 3)…
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