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May
21
comment How early before departure can I reserve train tickets in Germany?
@ThorstenS. It should be no surprise that you may have to opt for a less convenient departure time to get the cheapest tickets. That does not in any sense mean that the tickets are mythical or impossible to buy. You don't have to kneel, but you already offered to prostate yourself and publish a picture. Since I am curious what 'prostate someone' means, I am waiting eagerly for a visual illumination.
May
21
answered Buying a return ticket for a child flying with different parent
May
21
answered Can a Schengen Visa be refused because the photograph is too old?
May
21
comment How early before departure can I reserve train tickets in Germany?
@ThorstenS. It took me about a minute to find 29€ tickets from Munich to Berlin or back, e.g. on June 8th. That is in about three weeks, so the tickets have been out for sale for at least two months without being sold out. Have you ever tried?
May
20
comment Can a visitor who is “of age” in their country drink underage in the United States of America?
@Hilmar: Is underage drinking uncommon or particularly difficult in any country? :)
May
20
comment Croatia to Ljubljana (Slovenia) for U.S. citizens ok?
I am getting at you mentioning only a theoretical possibility of an exit check. If you are e.g. leaving Slovenia and entering Croatia (as in this case), the Slovenian border police is bound by the Schengen agreement to perform a regular exit check. For the purpose of immigration control, it does not really matter that the destination country is another EU country if it is not a Schengen country. I would hardly doubt that the Schengen agreement allows the Croatian border police to perform the exit control, making two checks (exit SLO and entry HR) essential.
May
20
comment How early before departure can I reserve train tickets in Germany?
@ThorstenS: Buying a full price ticket shortly before departure can in Germany be up to 395% more expensive than a discount ticket (144€ vs 29€). Friday evening, Sunday evening and Monday morning, trains on typical 'weekend commuter' lines are usually overcrowded. It is also good to know when to book, since the cheapest discount tickets are sold out early. It is now 2:20AM and some of the discount tickets for August 19th (sales started less than 2.5 hours ago) are already sold out.
May
20
comment Croatia to Ljubljana (Slovenia) for U.S. citizens ok?
This does not match my experience while crossing intra-EU, but outer Schengen borders several times within the last year. I have never managed to leave the Schengen area without proper exit controls, and it would be a severe violation of the Schengen regulations if one country would let people leave the Schengen area unaccounted for. It would also lead to definitive problems for all non-EU or non-EEC nationals leaving the Schengen area through these border crossings, since they would not have proper exit stamps to prove the time spent there.
May
20
comment Croatia to Ljubljana (Slovenia) for U.S. citizens ok?
@phoog: I crossed back and forth between Slovenia and Croatia at the Kaštel border crossing a few weeks ago and while the Croatian checkpoint has been closed, the Croatian border police has their own immigration check at the Slovenian checkpoint and you actually have to stop twice, once for Slovenian/Schengen exit control and once for Croatian immigration control. Even if both countries are in the EU, it is still an outer Schengen border and the passport control was relatively strict, even for me as a citizen of a Schengen country.
May
19
comment How early before departure can I reserve train tickets in Germany?
@JoErNanO: Sure, but I guess you could have found that faster with Google than typing the comment here? :)
May
19
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May
19
answered How early before departure can I reserve train tickets in Germany?
May
18
comment In which European countries can I use disposable barbecues in summer?
@nsn: In Germany, the regulations are usually available online and in German only. For the larger cities, you may of course find non-official translations or summaries as well. You can not rely on the rules being posted visibly in parks or near public barbequeue areas.
May
18
comment In which European countries can I use disposable barbecues in summer?
I am voting to close this question as too broad. As already mentioned, in Germany the rules are different from city to city and in some cities (e.g. Berlin), it even depends on the park if disposable grills are allowed or not. Some German cities do not explicitely forbid disposable grills, but impose a minimum distance between the ground and the grill (I've seen regulations with 20, 30 and 50cm), making it illegal to use a disposable grill placed directly on the ground, but ok if you place it in some kind of rack to keep it off ground.
May
17
comment Crossing the German border as an underage travelling alone
Even if it is often claimed, it is not correct: You do not need a return or onward ticket to enter Germany or the Schengen area, wether you are free to enter without a visa or if you need a visa.
May
17
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May
17
answered Driving in France with US driving license only (French driving license being kept in some French Consulate)
May
16
answered International Phone Numbers in Cell
May
12
comment Identification card for foreigners in trains in Germany
@O.R.Mapper: I am fully aware that the quote is an attempt from the DB to explain why they don't accept passports, but the explanation relates to "documents, which can not be electronically scanned" in general and does not make sense at all. I have now numerous times tried to explain you exactly why.
May
12
comment Identification card for foreigners in trains in Germany
@O.R.Mapper: Your quote from the letter does not mention anything about passports. In any case, since all German passports and the vast majority of foreign passports and also id cards can be electronically scanned (either OCR or RFID) using exactly the same means (hardware and software) as for scanning the German id, this simply can't be the reason why they accept foreign ids from only a handful of countries and no passports at all. But I have already written this several times in the comments here and I am not going to repeat myself again, even if you seem to ignore that.