• Army,  Europe,  Germany

    MONEY MONEY MONEY!!

    I recall meeting a Canadian in the 20th century who mocked our currency.  It’s all two colors, there is no difference between the dollar amounts. I remember thinking at the time, at least our currency doesn’t look like it was designed by a preschool class. So here I am in Europe today.  Now I know we discussed currency in a previous post but it’s worth revisiting once again. Now why did they go and do that?  Why did they make the 100 Euro bill larger than the other bills?  See I use a Tiffany money clip (thank you Bart for your wedding party gift).  And when I lived in the…

  • Army,  Europe,  Germany

    ENGLISHIZATION OF DEUTSCHLAND

    It’s coming.  English. And yes, partly because of American culture.  The music, the movies, the politics, the economics. But more so because of their own doing–the European economic union. If you are a Romanian company and are trucking something across a borderless Europe to Espana and want to advertise your company, do you advertise on the side of your truck in Romanian?  Spanish? No, English. It is the common language across Europe. And THAT, is what’s driving English across Europe.  Go West young man.

  • Army,  Europe,  Germany

    I-89 Is My Lifeline

    I-89 IS MY LIFE LINE 20 NOVEMBER 2019 “Vermont wasn’t made for drivin’ ‘Till Ford made a truck for Vermont’ Okay, so most of you don’t know that commercial but at least G.B. does. As I drove down this typical Bayern country road I thought about Vermont country roads. See in Vermont, and America, we just widen our roads to accommodate the traffic that will pass each other once an hour. Deutschland?  They just throw some dirt on the shoulders of road with 60 m.p.h. speed limits and expect you to put your right tire on dirt as you pass another vehicle driving equally as fast.  Seemed strange at first.…

  • Travel

    A Roman Birthday

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  • Army,  Bavaria,  Europe,  ExPat,  Germany,  Travel

    EN ROUTE TO ROTHENBURG OB DER TAUBER

    I recall reading somewhere about a spouse stationed in Deutschland who found herself back in America for a visit.  She was driving along the interstate and realized she was doing 100 m.p.h.  She was shocked because she wasn’t trying to speed. Before living here I wasn’t sure how someone could be shocked to find themselves driving at 100 m.p.h. and not know it.  I recall the first time I hit triple digits on Bolton Flats–where most Vermonters living in the Burlington area obtain this feat for the first time.  I certainly knew I was driving 100 m.p.h. But like so many other things in Deutschland, driving is just a completely…

  • Army,  Bavaria,  Europe,  ExPat,  Germany,  Travel

    ROTHENBURG OB DER TAUBER

    Eva’s wearing the latest in our L.L. Bean Winter 2019 collection…just kidding.  Though she does look like a kiddo model in this photograph. I took this picture of Eva standing at the entrance to this alley as it was reminiscent of the many winding narrow allies across the Greek island of Mykonos–albeit much colder.  Venturing through Rothenburg you will see many beautiful main thoroughfares but also many charming side alleyways. Rothernburg is considered ‘touristy’ in Deutschland.  Which is funny because touristy in Deutschland is different than touristy in America.  In America I immediately think of South of the Border which borders the North and South Carolina border.  Gaudy, cheap, eyesore…

  • Army,  Bavaria,  Europe,  ExPat,  Germany

    A DAY IN THE LIFE

    How do you say November in Deutsche? November. So you never really understood what Jules does as a JAG?  Well, keep asking yourself every year or two because that’s how often it changes.  Here is what she’s currently doing. Spoiler alert, it will probably lead to more questions than questions answered. blob:https://www.dvidshub.net/a6896066-ce7e-493e-bf22-daa1b787e79e

  • Army,  Bavaria,  Europe,  ExPat,  Germany

    DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

    What a great house to celebrate the day of the dead.  Part of the charm of our 450 year old house is the traditional Bayern ceramic wood stove that usually straddles two rooms.  It’s angled, multi-layered, and perfect for hosting candles. I’m sure Luis, Kathy, Aboi, Muggs, Dad, Boone, Nanny, Grandpa Herb and Grandma enjoyed their trip across the bridge to our new home in Deutschland.

  • Army,  Bavaria,  Europe,  Germany,  Travel

    AMERICA IN DEUTSCHLAND

    I chuckle when I see the examples throughout Deutsche society. The American influence. Can’t call it white bread.  Can’t call it plain bread.  So why not call it American bread.  I suppose the origin comes from the fact that backereis (bakeries) are as ubiquitous to Bayern towns as church steeples are to Vermont villages.  Every small town has at least one and usually more than one.  And nearly all grocery stores have an in-store bakery and a bakery at the front of the store run under a different name.  With such great crusty bread baked daily, I guess our preservative based store shelf bread is unique to our culture. As…

  • Army,  Bavaria,  Europe,  Germany,  Travel

    AS IF PENNIES WEREN’T ENOUGH

    In many ways moving to Europe is like moving back in time. As in, ‘what are credit cards’?  As in, always hearing a jingling in your pocket as you walk down the street.  As in, always having to check your seat as you get up to pick up any and all coins you deposited due to shallow pockets. These European Unionists LOVE their coins.  Like the greenback?  Forget it.  There is no Euro bill, just a Euro coin.  And a two Euro coin.  And think having pennies is good enough?  Not for Europeans.  They have a 2 cent coin.  I’m surprised they don’t have a 1/2 cent coin. Every few…