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Get connected in Italy

Upon arrival, getting the basics set up is vital. This includes your phone, internet, and television! The good news is that you have a variety of...

Getting a ride in Italy

 Follow these rules and tips to alleviate the stress of shipping, buying, registering and driving your vehicle in Italy:

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Sending love across the ocean: care packages for family and friends

Admiring the beautifully handcrafted items for sale at another European fest, a gorgeous piece of Polish pottery catches my eye. Immediately, the...

How to decide between off-base and on-base housing options overseas

On our second night in Germany, my husband and I found ourselves huddled up around the glow of my laptop long after our little ones had gone to...

Germany's awash in spring holidays

It’s a beautiful spring morning and you sit down at the wheel, braced for your morning commute. You...

German gifts to give for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a special day of the year when you celebrate the woman who has given you so much in life. However, living far away from family...

The art of using VAT forms

Thinking back to when I first found out about Value Added Tax (VAT) forms, the first thing that came to mind was, “Now I can buy more stuff!” It...

Make your new house feel like home

Standing on an island of square tile in a sea of unpacked boxes, I did my best to fight off that familiar, overwhelming ache of homesickness as it...

Fostering 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...

The German way of skinny dipping

When the first warm sunny days hit, Germans start thinking about shedding their clothes and hitting the pool or beach.

Before heading out to...

How to handle your household goods when moving overseas

When visions of a cat wearing a top hat, balancing on a ball and juggling a slew of household items enter your mind, you've either just received...

Overcoming the language barrier at overseas duty stations

Despite having taken four semesters of German language courses in college, I’ve had plenty of translation incidents during our three years in...

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