• Army,  Germany,  Spouse

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    While standing with my wife in a social military setting the question is inevitably asked: “So how long have you served?” When my response is, “she has served since 2016,” with the emphasis on “she,” you can see the confusion on their face as they try to process what I have just stated. To read the rest, visit Army Wife Network here.

  • Europe,  Germany

    UVM’S THE CHANCE

    As I walked up the stairs of our local brewpub on the Naab River, the cold air hit me straight in the face.  Cold because I had left the relative warmth of the cozy low ceiling eating area but also because it was 32 degrees Fahrenheit outside. I turned at the top of the stairs and headed for the Herren Room (or Men’s Room…it helps that the other option is Damen and I can remember dames from Turner Movie Classics).  As the door swung open the temperature did not increase one bit. As I approached the urinal I looked over nervously towards the stall where the cold porcelain toilet sat.…

  • 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,  Bavaria,  Europe,  Germany,  Travel

    THE RIDE HOME

    Not sure when it’s going to wear off, but still appreciating the drive between post and home. There were so many things to love about living in Pinehurst and North Carolina (and the kids will tell you what those are every day), but one thing that brings me much inner peace in Deutschland is a return to living in a place that has that Vermont beauty.  And Bayern (how the Deutsche refer to Bavaria) has it. There is no less than ten spots along this road where I see the perfect photograph and to my mom’s chagrin, I wait for the perfect light and then try to capture that perfect…

  • Army,  Bavaria,  Germany,  Travel

    WHEN IN ROME

    The Autobahn whispers to you, ‘drive me’. The Toyota Sienna whispers back, ‘okay, but not too fast’. So one of the perks of being a United States military family who has a permanent change of station from the United States to Deutschland is they pay to ship one vehicle to your new duty station.  One of the disadvantages of being a United States military family who has a permanent change of station from the United States to Deutschland is they do not pay to ship your second vehicle to your new duty station.  #FirstWorldProblems Side note.  I heard someone complaining the other day they weren’t made of money.  So much…

  • Army,  Europe,  Germany,  Travel

    MUNICH FLUGHAFEN – Flying in Style

    Talk about history repeating itself. I am grateful for the childhood my mother and father provided.  It is that childhood of cartrips, trans-Pacific flights, planned and spontaneous trip taking that fostered a curiosity I have never been able to cure.  I love new cities, new states, new countries, new lakes, new oceans, new cultures, new people, new restaurants, new beaches, new adventures, new sunsets, new waterfalls, new hiking, new vistas, new things to learn! And as part of that childhood traveling I was exposed to a world of luxury well above what my middle class upbringing could afford–courtesy of travel perks. As an expediter for General Electric my father traveled…