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Forum: TravelBuzz
Mar 19, 14, 7:36 am
Replies: 102
Views: 8,302
Posted By MariaSF

I'll relay your message to the immigration...

I'll relay your message to the immigration officer next time I visit my former hometown in Germany.
Forum: TravelBuzz
Mar 18, 14, 6:53 am
Replies: 102
Views: 8,302
Posted By MariaSF

I was told, when I got my German citizenship...

I was told, when I got my German citizenship certificate, that I *must* use my German passport to enter the EU and my original Brazilian passport to enter Brazil. "You can't enter a country as...
Mar 11, 14, 4:19 am
Replies: 31
Views: 4,398
Posted By MariaSF

I recommend the comic book store "Forbidden...

I recommend the comic book store "Forbidden Planet" (Broadway and 12th, near Union Square), for gifts and souvenirs for big kids, teens and "nerdy" adults.
Last time I was there, after I was done...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Mar 6, 14, 7:15 am
Replies: 359
Views: 52,086
Posted By MariaSF

- Hotel websites that use fancy...

- Hotel websites that use fancy (non-self-explanatory) names for room types; then it's hard to tell the difference.
I often travel with my child and I need to know whether the suite has separate...
Forum: Brazil
Feb 27, 14, 6:04 am
Replies: 28
Views: 4,610
Posted By MariaSF

Make sure the car has air conditioning. The...

Make sure the car has air conditioning. The cheaper rentals probably do not.
Same with automatic transmission.
Forum: Brazil
Jan 15, 14, 4:57 am
Replies: 45
Views: 5,212
Posted By MariaSF

My American debit cards (Wells Fargo and BofA)...

My American debit cards (Wells Fargo and BofA) and European EC/Maestro cards only work at "Banco 24 horas" ATMs.
In the last 15 years, I've tried Bradesco, Itau and others ATMs (both have Cirrus...
Forum: Brazil
Nov 18, 13, 11:50 am
Replies: 7
Views: 3,049
Posted By MariaSF

I follow Brazilian news very closely and there...

I follow Brazilian news very closely and there it's constantly reported that TAM's prices are higher for Brazilians than for foreigners.
I did a quick sample-search last week after I replied, and I...
Forum: Brazil
Nov 13, 13, 3:19 am
Replies: 7
Views: 3,049
Posted By MariaSF

I know you said TAM, but wouldn't you be willing...

I know you said TAM, but wouldn't you be willing or able to fly with Gol or Azul. I've bought tickets from both airlines, using foreign credit cards, without any problems. Prices were the same as the...
Forum: Brazil
Oct 11, 13, 2:36 am
Replies: 9
Views: 1,317
Posted By MariaSF

Based on location alone, I would pick the...

Based on location alone, I would pick the Intercontinental. There is a lot to do around there (restaurants, shops and a very known museum), while the Hilton is on a business district.
Besides, the...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Aug 30, 13, 2:31 am
Replies: 14
Views: 4,378
Posted By MariaSF

It's ok to say you are in the US for business if...

It's ok to say you are in the US for business if the work you are going to do there is part of your job back home. Not ok if it's a gig on the side, or if your are self-employed and would be paid...
Forum: Germany
Jun 10, 13, 6:26 pm
Replies: 23
Views: 3,213
Posted By MariaSF

You can also find out which are the major radio...

You can also find out which are the major radio stations in the region and listen to the traffic reports, generally every 30 min. If you don't understand German, try their web/mobile sites and look...
Apr 30, 13, 11:39 am
Replies: 7
Views: 2,550
Posted By MariaSF

Hi, did you have air tickets already? If not, I'd...

Hi, did you have air tickets already? If not, I'd recommend flying to Lisbon instead and staying on the coast, either in Cascais or Estoril (20-25 km from the airport). There you'd find great...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Mar 13, 13, 3:55 am
Replies: 493
Views: 68,620
Posted By MariaSF

1) hotel websites that are not clear about the...

1) hotel websites that are not clear about the actual differences in room types, use euphemisms as room types (example: an "ocean view" is on the side of the building and you'll only see the ocean if...
Forum: San Francisco
Mar 11, 13, 2:08 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 886
Posted By MariaSF

I generally agree with this rule, but The Slanted...

I generally agree with this rule, but The Slanted Door is an exception, IMO.
Forum: Germany
Nov 21, 12, 5:41 am
Replies: 21
Views: 4,274
Posted By MariaSF

I live as en expat in Heidelberg and, from what...

I live as en expat in Heidelberg and, from what I've experienced and seen with other expat friends, living in a "suburb" (or wherever away from some action), without a car gets very lonely and...
Replies: 2,227
Views: 447,380
Posted By MariaSF

Helllo LGA, Please help me, you are my only...

Helllo LGA,
Please help me, you are my only hope :(

In the beginning of September, my son and I (we always travel together, so we have the exact same amount of miles) had a little more than...
Forum: San Francisco
Oct 24, 12, 2:12 pm
Replies: 28
Views: 2,141
Posted By MariaSF

I would also include a monthly extra amount for...

I would also include a monthly extra amount for miscellaneous expenses, such as gym membership (look up YMCA, where kids can also have swimming lessons), medical and dental out-of-pocket (insurance...
Forum: Germany
Sep 27, 12, 1:19 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 3,930
Posted By MariaSF

Did you check the Kempinski? A standard room...

Did you check the Kempinski? A standard room there can go for around 200 euros without breakfast. The additional cost for breakfast is not worth it; you can go to a nearby cafe (there are many...
Forum: San Francisco
Sep 26, 12, 5:31 am
Replies: 28
Views: 2,141
Posted By MariaSF

You, as the transferred worker, would get a...

You, as the transferred worker, would get a L1A/B. Your spouse and children would get a L2 visa (dependent of a L1). With an L2, your wife is eligible to seek employment, but first she'll have to get...
Forum: San Francisco
Sep 24, 12, 7:10 am
Replies: 28
Views: 2,141
Posted By MariaSF

By the age of your kids, one will go to preschool...

By the age of your kids, one will go to preschool and the other to kindergarten. In my experience (I lived in the city), preschool was 900 dollars per month, without lunch or extended care (hours...
Sep 23, 12, 6:37 am
Replies: 16
Views: 3,452
Posted By MariaSF

I had the same problem. An aisle seat is must.

I had the same problem. An aisle seat is must.
Forum: Germany
Aug 29, 12, 3:36 am
Replies: 16
Views: 10,688
Posted By MariaSF

I don't know since when, but Starbucks has free...

I don't know since when, but Starbucks has free wifi (for 2 hours) everywhere in Germany.
http://www.starbucks.de/coffeehouse/wireless-internet
Forum: Brazil
May 29, 12, 4:47 am
Replies: 7
Views: 1,164
Posted By MariaSF

You must be right. I only lived there for 35...

You must be right. I only lived there for 35 years. Why do I know?
Forum: Brazil
May 28, 12, 8:12 am
Replies: 7
Views: 1,164
Posted By MariaSF

You've got to be more specific. Sao Paulo's city...

You've got to be more specific. Sao Paulo's city center is larger than most cities in the world.
Replies: 1,334
Views: 312,773
Posted By MariaSF

It doesn't get any more *semi* celebrity than...

It doesn't get any more *semi* celebrity than that: "Die Geissens" of reality TV fame at the Business lounge at the C gates in FRA. It looked like they were going to MIA.
I never thought people "so...
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