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.
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.
A military career means moving and sometimes it means moving right away. The surprise PCS is one of the most dreaded events because it turns your world upside down with very little time to adapt, a million questions to answer, and no time to get everything done.
Moving to a new duty station has its pros and cons. On the positive side, you’re getting to discover a new place you may have never thought to go before. On the flip side, it’s stressful to learn a new town and meet new people. Imagine the compounded stress of moving to a new country!
Being stationed in the United Kingdom, I always seem to find myself looking to vacation elsewhere. With cheap flights to mainland Europe on the rise, staying home may not be your first choice for a break. However, who says you need to jet off to Europe for an escape?
To many locals, European rail travel is one of the most romantic ways to explore. It's not only an easy way to travel but a train winding through the German countryside gives breathtaking views. You're taking a road trip without having to take turns driving, make pit stops and argue over music.
Italian pharmacies, or “farmacie,” is a place you will need to be accustomed to when living in Italy. They are the first stop if you have a cold or an upset stomach. There are no chain pharmacies in Italy, but farmacie are universally recognizable by the green plus-sign.
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.
Having major surgery, an unforeseen illness or debilitating injury can often lead to a hospital stay followed by a lengthy recuperation at home. Often these types of recoveries leave patients homebound or restricted in movement.
Birthing our second child, with the exceptional support of San Bortolo Hospital and our Vicenza Health Community, is an experience we will always cherish. Birthing a child, while navigating living abroad as well as a global pandemic, requires trust in the resources and community around you.
Mentors aren’t just for active-duty members. Having a military spouse mentor can be an incredibly valuable gift. They can help you navigate your way through this unpredictable and sometimes chaotic lifestyle.