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Do not look at friends, architecture or something else while you are walking!
I think more than a million of dogs live in Berlin.
You are save Unter den Linden for example, ways are cleaned twice an hour......
But in the streets, where the dog owners live look down omn the ground!
I do not load a picture, anyone is able to imagine...
Updated Mar 2, 2013
The banks in Germany do not operate with cash money except you have an account there. I tried to send money in cash from several German banks to Bulgaria (outside the euro-zone) and they told me it is impossible. The officers recommended to go to "Western Union" for sending money abroad. Also, if you are going to stay less than 6 months in Germany it is highly probable that they will not open a bank account for you. Strange, but fact.
Updated Jul 19, 2012
In Berlin, as in all other cities in Germany it is no possible to use absolutely free wi-fi in public places. You must go to some bar or restaurant to use it (and not every bar has such connection). I saw somewhere a schocking price for using internet in public places- 5 euro per hour. There also many hotels that offer wi-fi for 10-15 euro for 24 hours, so be careful while choosing a hotel!
Updated Jul 19, 2012
OK this is just a frivolous excuse to use this pic but normally, where I come from anyway, the beer gardens are lush (and I use that word in every sense) pastures devoted to the hedonistic pleasures of life.
Here in Treptower Park it looked a little damp. Maybe I'll have to return in the summer ;-HIC!
Written Feb 1, 2012
. I really looked forward to my arrival in berlin and as I was meeting someone it added to my enthusiasm of visiting this famous City. Berlin , a major city in the world with its known sights and pleasures is not without its dangers. I arrived by train and was immediately taken by the absolutely wonderful new Hauptbahnhof ( Central Railway Station).. Mostly made of glass so impressive..When planning my round the world by train journey one of the first things that I implemented was the Travel insurance that I would need in case of mishap... Trouble and accidents are something that we don't like to think of when organising our travel plans ..but, accidents can happen anywhere at anytime. Even mother nature now having a big hand in it.. I always take Travel Insurance for accident, medical, Hospital,loss of baggage and theft but the main one I always have in case of the worst scenario is repatriation ..after the bombs in Bali for me now , this is a must. Hospital and medical costs can be horrendous and can really change your travel plans..Always take the Travel Insurance that you feel is the best for you and your journey. It all depends on where you are going and what you will do..as they say..
DONT LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT
Written Jan 31, 2012
When I noticed this sign on Friedrichtstrasse on my last evening in Berlin I seriously considered stopping for another day just to take the tour. It was only reading the small print that I realised it wasn't a Brewery Tour but rather a Berlin walking tour run by a guy called Terry Brewer.
It looks like fun though and for those who like that sort of thing seems well reccommended.
Website has alll the info:
Updated Oct 27, 2010
Dont take a chance riding subway without a valid ticket. You may think the chances are low to get caught, but one came on the bus and was checking tickets. So not worth risk, immediate 40 euro fine for non compliance.
Written Sep 16, 2010
This isn't really a warning, but I hope it will be useful.
German doctors seem to have a bad reputation, atleast among North Americans, because they're not as "costumer-service" oriented. I had a very good experience in Berlin. I think the easiest way to find a doctor is simply to use the Yellow Pages (http://www.gelbeseiten.de/yp/quick.yp). You can call in advance to make sure that the doctor speaks English, but it's more than likely that she will. Mine did, and her two assistants also. I only needed my German to fill in forms before I saw the doctor, but those were pretty simple, much shorter than the US equivalent.
To see a specialist it seems like you have to make an appointment well in advance, but it's possible to see a doctor without one. You just have to be very patient. It seems like you will probably end up waiting even with an appointment, though.
Written Jun 13, 2008
Better have some cash in your pocket....too much information maybe...but I had indulged in more coffee than I needed one morning and while waiting to connect with the Berlin Walks tour...I needed to find a washroom.....
I found it at the Zoo Train Station....and needed to pay for the use of the facility...so BEWARE...have some change available!
I actually snapped a couple of snaps but they are taken in "RAW" format and the files are too large to load here...
Updated Mar 23, 2008
Received a Christmas present from Australia about a week before Xmas. Had a note from Berlin Customs sent to my hostel informing me to come to the nearby customs depot to pick up my package....no problem so far.
1. Go up to front desk and give them my notice. They check it and then direct me to another waiting room!
2. In the waiting room is approximately 25 people. I wait for 30 minutes.
3. Finally my name is called and im all excited about getting my gift. To my shock they hand me a Stanley knife and ask me to open it up in front of them - a Xmas present! I open it and they take out the contents and note what they are - great i know what im getting a week before Xmas - some surprise!
4. Without any warning, they took the box away and left me standing there with no explanation. Two young German guys who spoke English speak to them for me so i can get some explanation.
5. They tell me that i am required to pay a customs import tax! on a Xmas present! 20%. Unbelievable.........
6. Told i need to sit down again why i wait for them to calculate value of tax. Wait another 30 minutes. Total cost 19 euros.....someone takes the invoice around to a separate cash office where i have to pay. Obviously not expecting to have to pay for a present in the mail, i have no cash.
7. Try to get some explanation from customs as to why i have to pay an import tax on a gift i did not ask for. They informed me that at their central office in Frankfurt, SOME packages are sent to regional customs office for taxes and some are not!!!! GREAT, a random tax.......i ask as to why it is a random tax......THEY CAN NOT TELL ME. I had previously received hundreds of dollars in packages from Australia earlier in the year, but did not have to pay customs tax - why was that the case? "We do not know" was the deadpan reply.
8. Come back next day to pay and try to get further explanation....none. Lost my cool and told them to go F§§$ themselves....
Written Jan 7, 2008
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