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Military life is colorful, but military housing is not! Your rental or on-base housing will most likely pair light beige carpeting with white walls to create a 360-degree panorama of ho-hum.
School’s (almost) out and the kids are anxious to get outdoors – rain or shine. Sometimes the timing isn’t right for travel or a vacation. But, there are endless of inexpensive kid crafts to make right at home. Who needs a beach?
Moving abroad can be difficult for spouses who have left respected careers, business networks and emotional support of friends and family. Take control of your routine — learn about the new job market and seek employment, find volunteer opportunities and further your education.
Understanding the SOFA agreement between the U.S. and Italy will set realistic expectations for career opportunities during your time in Italy. Dependents are not allowed to work on the economy or have in-home businesses (Example: Mary Kay, Arbonne, Scentsy, etc.).
Before I even stepped foot in Germany, one of the first things my friends told me about are the flea markets (Flohmarkt). I had visions of Goodwill or Salvation Army stores in my head, so I really didn’t understand what the excitement was about.
As exciting as living in Europe can be, the honeymoon phase tends to fade away for most spouses once they’ve realized how difficult it can be to progress in their career field.
Like many other overseas locations, it can be a challenging environment for spouses who are seeking employment. It is common for applicants to wait six months or longer to land a job that aligns with their education and/or experience.
Want to take play time up a notch at your house? Consider offering kids opportunities to
explore their creativity, support STEM learning, and pick up important skills through hands-on
experiences.
My son’s first Valentine’s Day at school in Germany left me scrambling at the last minute. I’d made it to the base Exchange too late — the traditional boxes of themed sign-and-tear cards I remember giving away to my classmates when I was a little girl had long-since been sold out.
The entire town of Tuebingen comes alive for an annual weekend Christmas market, where 450 stalls are spread over several locations, providing handmade gifts, treats and children’s programs.
Event dates: Dec. 14-16
Learning even a little of the local language will improve your experience of everyday things like shopping, dining out and traveling. It also ensures a more pleasant exchange with local nationals.
Anyone who has dabbled with handicraft can understand that the art of making things by hand, especially something beautiful and functional, is therapeutic, calming, and can evoke a powerful, even spiritual satisfaction.
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — The Ramstein Youth Center hosted its first “Do It Yourself Girls” class Sept. 6 at the Ramstein Teen Center on Ramstein Air Base, Germany.