Willkommen in Deutschland! Welcome to Germany! If you’ve recently arrived, your head may be spinning from a combination of jetlag and the sheer amount of information coming your way. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Moving overseas is a big change with a lot of moving pieces.
For many of us, a stressful aspect of moving to Europe is the transportation of our four-legged family members. I worried the entire flight to Germany about my dog and cat, but they were both eagerly awaiting us at baggage claim, no worse for the wear.
Living in Europe certainly has its perks — good food, exciting places to explore, a new language to learn. But let’s face it — if you’re the crafty type, we’ve all had those moments where we wish we could just swing by Michael’s or JoAnn Fabrics to pick up a few items.
PCSing to a foreign country is stressful enough for families. When you couple that with trying to find employment, it can be a nerve-wracking and frustrating process. Overseas, jobs are scarce for military spouses, especially in Italy where there are far stricter rules for working abroad.
So much to do and so much to see during your overseas tour! No matter where you’re stationed, you can plan an epic road trip whether it’s within one country or across multiple. As you plan to embark on this journey, follow these helpful tips to ensure your road trip is a success!
The food in Europe is amazing — plain and simple. Fresh, organically grown produce, meat straight from the butcher, and breads and pastries baked daily. Eating out isn’t just a meal, but an experience to savor.
Welcome to the U.K.! If you’ve recently arrived, your head may be spinning from a combination of jetlag and the sheer amount of information coming your way. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Moving overseas is a big change with a lot of moving pieces. To help make your transition to the U.K.
Between the jetlag, sleep-deprived family members and for some, anxious pets, the journey to your new overseas duty station is perhaps not as organized as it ought to be. Ideally, this would never happen, but let’s be real. PCSing to another country is stressful and often times difficult.
It’s important to be open-minded as you search for your new home. Italian homes are much different, smaller and older than what you may be used to. Although the outside of an Italian home may seem a bit run down or small, always go in and take a look inside.
Welcome to Italy! Here is your one-stop checklist once you’ve arrived at your new home in Italy:
Attend in-processing and newcomers’ briefings.
Attend newcomer orientation.
Get your codice fiscale.
Get your soggiorno.
Miss shopping state-side at all your favorite stores? Being in another country, you may not be able to easily pick up your favorite pair of jeans which you can only get at that particular store. Thanks to shipping, receiving a piece of home has been made easier than ever before.
Admiring the beautifully handcrafted items for sale at another European fest, a gorgeous piece of Polish pottery catches my eye. Immediately, the bright colors and intricate patterns take me back to my mom’s kitchen.