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As things start to settle down with your move to Italy, it’s best to immerse yourself in the culture as soon as you can. It may seem intimidating at first, but with your installation’s resources, understanding Italian culture and learning easy Italian phrases — you’ll be adjusted in no time! 
“My English is under the pig!” you hear your German neighbor say one day when you’re outside enjoying a moment of spring sunshine before it unexpectedly begins hailing. “That’s April weather,” your neighbor remarks.
Interested in DODEA high school sports in Europe? Students will need up-to date physicals. Most fall sports start training in the summer. For more information, contact your school’s athletic director through the main office's number. 
Here are some resources to help you get started
Moving with a high school athlete can present challenges.
If you ever moved, you know some items magically go to that dark abyss where only socks from the dryer go, never to be found again. Or maybe you unpack your DVD player and find it in several pieces. Both scenarios mean filing insurance claims for damaged or missing items.
Whether you’ve been in Europe for a while now or you’re a newcomer, knowing the drill of keeping up with friends and family in different time zones is tricky. Lining up the perfect time in both locations is hard when you’re on different schedules than each other.
If you are a spouse of a servicemember or DOD employee, moving to an overseas location is commonly thought to mean certain death for your career prospects upon arriving. This grim assumption does not have to be true. Here are a few tips to ease your career transition when you move to Europe.
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.
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 our bag in hand, we went to the register unaware that our purchase would soon be declined. Why? Not because we lacked funding, but a ration card.
First new orders, then movers, then a long plane ride and studying for a driver’s test. Finally, you are all settled and think that the final step — job searching — is easy, but soon discover the challenges of finding employment overseas.
Trying to keep a marriage afloat takes a lot of hard work and effort. However, there are times when no matter how hard a couple tries, the only viable option for the relationship is to end it. To say divorce is complicated would be an understatement.
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 emergency. The following phrases will help you speak to the locals when you are trying to say, “I need help!” 
Last year, Catherine started a new job. It wasn’t a full-time position, but after years of unemployment, it was a personal milestone. With five previous PCSes ranging from Germany to Philadelphia, Catherine was finally able to focus on her own career.
Marriage is difficult, even under normal circumstances. Time and life test the bonds of even the strongest couples. Trying to keep a marriage afloat while subjecting it to the demands of the military is a whole different ball game. For many, it can strengthen your relationship.
Be it a few years or more than 20, at some point, the military chapter of life comes to a close. The excitement, confusion, anxiety and even impatience get rolled into a tangled ball of nerve-wracking feelings. Life as you’ve known it is about to change drastically.
For more than 500,000 servicemembers and their families, summertime is synonymous with smells of cardboard and paper, and the sound of packing tape ripping in the air.