shopping

When you think of shopping, the country of Andorra doesn’t jump to the forefront of your mind, especially not with Paris only a few hours away.
Bargain hunters and savvy shoppers dream of deep discounts and deals. In Germany, outlet malls may be the answer to finding the sales and similar stores otherwise found in the States. Bargains abound, but do outlets meet the high expectations of shoppers?
With the holiday season in full swing, festive melodies and delicious scents waft through the crisp, cold air. Living overseas during the holidays affords a great opportunity to find one-of-a kind gifts and trinkets to send to loved ones back in the States.
Norman Rockwell’s oil painting, “Freedom from Want,” is an iconic representation of the American holiday meal. Grandpa is standing at the head of a long table while Grandma makes room for the massive roasted bird, and multiple generations sit around them — elbow to elbow — in eager anticipation.
With leaves rapidly changing to vibrant colors and chilly brisk mornings, autumn has arrived in Germany. What better way to celebrate the changing of seasons than with a festival! Held twice a year, the Lauterer Kerwe in downtown Kaiserslautern opens Oct. 19 and will run through Oct. 29.
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 the least.
Beginning Thursday, Sept. 13 through Sunday, Sept. 16, the flight line on Ramstein Air Base becomes a paradise for shoppers. During these four days, the massive hangars house more than 130 merchandise vendors — including several new ones — from all over the world.
Tired of the quiet, low-key Sundays? Get dressed, grab your girlfriends (or family) and shop till you drop with these open Sunday shopping opportunities! 
Kaiserslatuern & the Pfalz
While waiting in line at the local Meztgerei (butcher’s shop), an American woman in front of me ordered 250 kilograms of salami.
One of the most challenging tasks of parenting is buying supplies and clothing for your children before they start back to school. Every other parent is doing the same thing during those final weeks of summer, making it difficult to find what you need.
Deployments are never easy, no matter if it is your first, or if you and your spouse have weathered a few assignments together.
Perhaps you let go of a lot of your furniture to lighten the weight load before your last PCS. Or, you like to purchase new (or new to you) items when you arrive at your new duty station. That is understandable.
For servicemembers, a loving, resilient marriage is both a matter of personal happiness and family readiness. When family relationships are strong and healthy, servicemembers are better able to focus on their mission and their day-to-day duty requirements.
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.
Whether you are on base or off, the UK boasts a variety of restaurant and shopping venues you will want to check out.

Shoptoberfest Bazaar June 1-3, Kaiserslautern