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.
Whether you love it or hate it, moving is a big part of being a military spouse. On top of the constant moves, there are the occasional less than ideal living circumstances you’ll find in another country.
Growing up, one of my favorite board games was the Game of Life. I loved hearing the clicking spin of the wheel, and wondering what path my “life” would take. Would I end up with twins? Would I finally hit the jackpot and land on the lottery space?
Shopping on the economy can be very intimidating, especially if you have not been in Germany very long. After all, almost everything is in German, few brands will be familiar and some of the foods are just very different than what you find in the typical American supermarket.
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?
Many organizations in the civilian world value your experience, skills, work ethic and training as a servicemember. You'll find that a number of military-friendly employers are committed to hiring veterans.
Christmas is an internationally celebrated holiday. However, many countries and cultures have their own distinct ways to commemorate this time of the year. In Europe, it is definitely a whole season filled with celebration. There are different traditions that aren’t as popular in America.
You’ve just found out you're moving overseas. You're shaking up your world, and new possibilities and experiences await you. Perhaps a new job awaits you, too. As soon as you know about your move, it's time to start the research, so you can enter the market there job-ready.