I often get different variations of this question. Here’s one I got the other day: “We are new here. I am so overwhelmed with all the choices and wondered how people decide where to go and do they use a travel agent? How do you plan all your great trips? You said you are cheap, and I’m cheap too!”
Be sure to stop by if you have the chance and hear me talk to the good folks over at Army Wife Talk Radio. I’ll be talking about myself (which I don’t typically like to do) but hopefully more about this blog, getting prepped for moving overseas, what it’s like over there and maybe some stuff on traveling, depending on how much time we have. I haven’t done an interview or radio spot in a while, so here’s your opportunity to giggle when I inevitably screw up!
Yeah I know I’ve been here since July, but this is the first newcomer briefing our post has had scheduled in that timeframe. Someone told me something about funding issues, but I was pleasantly surprised when the new lady running the class said she was planning on making the newcomers class bimonthly to capture all the new folks. Look, I’ve been with the Army either as a dependent, soldier or spouse and I STILL learned some things at this two day class run by Army Community Service (ACS). Here are some things they touched on and what I learned.
I had someone ask me the other day, what are your top tips for eating in a German restaurant? After I thought about it a little bit, I came up with this list!
I’ve been thinking of ways to make this blog more useful to our milfamilies stationed overseas, as well as for our expats. I thought a neat feature would be for readers to share their travel plans….nothing in detail that would reveal who they are, but an idea of where they are going, where or how they booked their trip and a roundabout price to give others ideas for their own family. I thought it would be interesting to learn from each other on how to plan European travel, as I know many have some great ideas that the rest of us could follow…if we only knew how! Are you in?
I think I can safely say we have settled in a bit here in Colorado Springs and Ft Carson, Colorado. It isn’t a totally new duty station….we were here about eight years ago with much younger children just starting out in school…and now we have high schoolers! Interesting how living in a different part of the city and with kids a different age, it’s a completely different experience. Keep that in mind as you are pining to go back to a previous duty station. No, it won’t be the same, but it is what you make of it wherever you go in the end! As with any new duty station, here are some things I did, to try to hit the ground running as they say.
Oh goodness! I see that I neglected to post this blogpost I wrote….oh…well over a month ago!? Where has the time gone!? It seems like I rarely turn on my computer nowadays (even though I still read a lot on the ipad), and here I turned it on to start filing our moving claim. Luckily, we only had a few things damaged and really only one item I can truly cry about if I wanted to. Our Belgian monk’s bench has a nice little hairline crack because they put it into the down position (as a table) and then loaded a million pounds of other crap on top of it! If they had packed it in the up position (like a bench), like they did in our last move from Belgium to Germany, it would’ve fared just fine. You live and learn I guess. Anyway, here are some good recent blogposts from some of my favorite blogs to keep you busy!
Congratulations! If you are reading this, then you have successfully brought your pet overseas! Yes, there are extra steps involved and much extra cost compared to “the old days”. Here are some things you can do to protect both your pet and yourself and some things you may not have thought about having a pet overseas.
“I’ve recently moved to Germany and am wondering how to watch American football if I don’t have AFN? This is killing me, help!”
Simple question. Here are some simple answers!
I’ve blogged before on some things you should watch out for in renting a home off post overseas. Yes, the housing office on post is supposed to be there to help us…not only in showing us a list of approved homes and landlords but also to make sure our contract is a military contract and is military friendly. Most Europeans who rent homes have to stay in that home for at least five years AND they have to bring their own kitchen and light fixtures for goodness sake. And when I say kitchen, I mean EVERYTHING in the kitchen not just the stove and the refrigerator like we sometimes do stateside. I’m talking cabinets, countertops….everything! Some folks stationed overseas, who have been there awhile have graciously contributed their lessons learned on what they found out AFTER they chose a home off post. Remember, you can never say one or the other is better as a general rule. There are so many other factors to consider for you and your family. I’d like you to get out pen and paper and go over some of these points before choosing which is right for you AND what to consider before accepting that off post home.