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Category Archives: Daily Life In Germany

Our day to day life in Germany since November 2011.

Getting Screened at the Army Wellness Center & Treated for Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Since my blood pressure had been high the last few times I had been at a doctor, hypertension (high blood pressure) runs in my family, and multiple family members have had strokes, including an aunt who passed away at an age younger than I was at the time, my husband Read more →

A Slice of American-Tasting Pizza in Germany: Pizza Attack

1 1-1 pizza attack

On New Year’s Day last year, I decided to make a day of hanging out in yoga pants and cuddling with my dog. After a little while, I got hungry and decided the only thing that sounded good was pizza. In particular, I was missing Papa Johns, from which we Read more →

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

Gir and Apollo in their bandanas.

Last year, my husband wanted to stay home and have a quiet Christmas Eve and Christmas, so that’s what we did. Since I had been up ’til about 0700 playing Borderlands 2, I slept til about 1300 when my husband asked if I wanted to go to the store. He Read more →

Visiting Author: Clare Dunkle

clare dunkle books

Around the time we were getting ready to move to Kaiserslautern, someone told me about a monthly writer’s group that meets at the Vogelweh library on the first Thursday of every month. At the time, it was called Authors’ Emporium, but the name has since been changed to Write Club. Read more →

Getting an International Driver’s License (Internationaler Führerschein) in Germany With a USAREUR License

The inside of my international license with some info smudged out.

Around the time we were getting everything ready to move to Kaiserslautern, I got an international driver’s license (Internationaler Führerschein) so I’d be able to drive outside of Germany. The USAREUR (US Army Europe) license I have only allows me to drive within Germany, although it was a requirement to Read more →

Moving Within Germany Part 7: Things I Love About the New Apartment on Vogelweh Family Housing in Kaiserslautern

snow

The Balcony I love the balcony. It’s pretty awesome to have a door to open to get some air in the apartment, instead of just the windows and to give the dogs a few minutes of fresh air when it’s cold without having to take them all the way downstairs Read more →

Moving Within Germany Part 6: Final Steps & Adjustments in the Move to Kaiserslautern

kaiserslautern license plate

Our last steps in moving within Germany from Heidelberg to Kaiserslautern were to get the dogs registered, to  get the car registered (with me on it this time), and to adjust to little differences in the handling of trash and recycling from the Army post we had lived on to Read more →

Moving Within Germany Part 4: Packing Day in Heidelberg

When moving within Germany with the military, the timeline is not the same as moving to Germany from overseas. We didn’t have to ship our car, for one, and there was no unaccompanied baggage to worry about. Our move was a door to door move where they moved our stuff Read more →

Moving Within Germany Part 3: Closing Out of Heidelberg as a NAF (Nonappropriated Fund) Employee

When moving within Germany, soldiers have their own clearing stuff to do, and I wasn’t really involved, so I can’t tell you about that, but I can tell you about my end: closing out as a NAF (nonappropriated fund) employee, specifically as a child and youth program assistant, during our Read more →

Moving Within Germany Part 2: Vogelweh Housing Offers

vogelweh family housing floor plan 3 bedroom and 2 bedroom

Whether you’re moving to Germany and recently arrived or are moving within Germany, the way the military housing list works is that they give you a housing offer when you come up on the top of the list, and you have 24 hours to accept or decline. If you decline or don’t answer, Read more →

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