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Fostering lifelong friendships

Moving to Europe was only the beginning of our adventure when my husband and I arrived. Transferring from our last base to a new unit and country...

From drab to fab

Whether you love it or hate it, moving is a big part of being a military spouse. On top of the constant moves, there are the occasional less than...

11 tips to help you shop like a German

When you first move to Germany, you are completely overwhelmed with the new place, new culture and new language. It’s a bit intimidating to say...

Understanding ration cards in Germany

On our first morning after arriving in Germany, my sleep-deprived husband and I stumbled into the commissary to buy some much-needed coffee. With...

4 tips on being an amazing sponsor

Moving to a new duty station has its pros and cons. On the positive side, you’re getting to discover a new place you may have never thought to go...

2019 public holidays in England

Whether you’re stationed in England or are planning to visit, be sure to plan accordingly to when their bank holidays are in order to avoid...

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Helpful Italian phrases for emergencies

Whether you are stationed in Italy or exploring its world famous sites on vacation, you will need to be prepared to communicate in the event of an...

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Deciphering the DFP and road taxes in England

DFP card
After in-processing and attending the driver’s course, you will receive a 3rd Air Force Driving/Fuel Permit (DFP),...

Motorcycle safety in Italy

To obtain a motorcycle endorsement on a USAREUR, SETAF, SHAPE or USAFE-issued license, military personnel, dependents and civilians must be at...

Be careful not to order 550 pounds of salami

While waiting in line at the local Meztgerei (butcher’s shop), an American woman in front of me ordered 250 kilograms of salami. The two...

Driving and riding a bike in England

Once you have gotten settled in England, you will want to start making your way around to do some exploring of your overseas duty station. Whether...

The skinny on VAT

The European Union has a consumption tax called Value Added Tax (VAT) similar to U.S. sales tax. The average VAT amount is 20 percent and is...

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