need help getting stationed in germany with my hubby and twins....
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Brittany - posted on 07/24/2009
aww thank u so much for the advice yeh i got twinners that are coming over with me and im and outdoorsey person so the no sun thing kinda bums me out i do plan on havin another baby later on down the rd but hopefully it wont be in germany lol
April - posted on 07/24/2009
I have read the posts about the water....we drank the water for a long time, but they started to do construction in our area...and the we could "see" the water - also if you are used to having a heavily filtered water, that can be upsetting to the tummy...so, basically you need to test the water to see if you like it or not...as for if you have infants on formula or even toddlers under 3 yrs....go get some 'nursery water' for them because there is NO floriene in the water there!! In the states, most of our water has it added!!!
We were in Wiesbaden (a rich town in Germany) for 4 1/2 years and managed to get to Paris, Italy and a good portion of Southern Germany in our time!! The best time we had was going to the Christmas market!!! Got to get to at least one every year...but bring a lot of Euros because you can find a lot of great Christmas gifts for family back home!! We also picked up a cuckcoo clock for a fraction that they sale for in the states!!! the only think that really upset me about Germany was the lack of sun....so when you see the sun out....go bathing! I was told by my infant doctors put the new born out in the sun as much as possible for the Vit D....that is another story too!! I had my son over in Germany....that was interesting!!! German hospitals are very different to Americans....they would not let me leave until I was in there for 5 days after a c-section!! With daughter in the states, I was there for 3 days!! And, there were many Mom who had a natural birth and they were in the hospital longer then I was....you see, the Mom are allowed to stay as long as they feel like they are not ready to leave!! Anyway...do not miss the Christmas Markets and go to the local American Travel office and pick up some other country tours...It makes traveling to other countires safer for Americans if you travel with a tour group!!
Brittany - posted on 07/22/2009
oh no we arent over there yet hes in ait..... and hes an e2 yeah i was supposed to go to the airforce base to get all the passport stuff done.. i got the pix, the papers and documents i need but i have to go to the city into an airforce base when the lady is never there
Stephanie - posted on 07/22/2009
Thanks for the congrats! Congrats to you too on the wedding! I am still waiting on our passports also. I applied for one for my daughter and I about 5 weeks ago. I know they take a long time to process. What is your Husband's rank and division? Is he already out there in Baumholder? My Husband is a combat medic with the 1st Armored Division.
Brittany - posted on 07/22/2009
im also goin to baumholder... i still gotta get our passports and the kitties microchipped... i just want to get there i hate this waiting but at least im busy planning our big wedding.. were already maried but this one im wear my beautiful gown.. oh and steph martinez congrats :)
Stephanie - posted on 07/22/2009
What part of Germany are you headed to? My Husband recently got stationed in Baumholder, Germany. Me and our daughter had to stay behind because I am pregnant and due any day now. Once I deliver and get all of the baby's paper work processed we will be able to follow him out there. We are also expected to be out there for 3 years.
Heather - posted on 07/20/2009
what branch are you with? what base or post will you be going to? i was in the ramstien area, and i loved it. most of the germans understand what you are saying but won't speak english, if you try to learn the language they work with more and better. thier should be classes you can take on base/post. it is a pretty country. if you can travel!!!!! if you have any questions i would be happy to try to answer them.
Bridget - posted on 07/20/2009
have been in Germany about 3 months now. it is an adjustment, but it is beautiful. best thign to do with any new duty station is find things you like about it and make it enjoyable. We are still getting settled in and are trying to find a play group for our son. I miss my family but it is great experience and am enjoying it so far :)
Silke - posted on 07/17/2009
DO NOT drink water, I dont care what they tell you, get Culligan water, they deliver to your home.
What's that supposed to mean?
I grew up in Germany, as well as being stationed there for a tour and we always drank the water right out the tap... nothing bad ever happened and it tasted great!
Amy - posted on 07/15/2009
I am in Mannheim Germany with my hubby and daughter. We have been here since October of 08. I was so scared to move out here at first but I love it and kinda hope my husband gets stationed out here longer. it's really beautiful here and there is soooo much to do over here. when are you moving out here?
Cindy - posted on 07/15/2009
holy cow I loved Germany one of my fav duty stations ever!! great people, great food, great fun...travel travel travel... at first its scary because it can all be overwhelming taking in a new place to live, new country, new language, new people.... I too was in Hohenfels....it is a small post but in a great location...if you go to the movie theater tell Mr Willie that works in there I said hello lol! the driving is not bad...and I just found the whole experience wonderful!!! good luck to you all! Keep in mind there are classes for spouses that are new to the country take advantage of them!!! I moved by myself with 2 kids one was 4 and one 18 months and it was not that bad :o) hope this helps!! HAVE FUN!!
Deanna - posted on 07/14/2009
We got stationed here in Germany last July. It was a bit hectic when we finally landed in Frankfurt. We had no sponser so it was up to us to go where we were supposed to. Having 2 kids and a ton of luggage was tough but we made it. Make sure you ask your husband if he has a sponser and if not tell him he needs to call where he's going (if you know) to and try and find out who if anyone is going to be there to get you from the airport. We ended up being bused to Mannheim only to be sent down to Kaiserslautern. Once you get through with all of that and make it to lodging things will calm down some. There's a lot of inprocessing as I'm sure you know and the housing list was very long when we got here so we moved out to a small village. Depending on whether you guys are Army (like us) or Air Force if no housing is available just keep your options open. There are also apartment type temporary housing places out in town here. If you know where you're going check into it ahead of time just so you'll have another option. It will take a little time to adjust but it's not so bad once you get into the groove of things. Just keep an open mind.
MELISSA - posted on 07/13/2009
Germany is beautiful. I have lived here since 2006. I love it here. We are stationed in Schweinfurt. Where are you gonna be stationed at, Army or Airforce? Be open minded. Go to the SNAPS classes if they are available. They will educate you on the Germany economy, and take you shopping! Be prepared to walk or take the bus or taxi until your car arrives. ACS will be your friend, they have useful info and loaner items for when you first arrive. DO NOT drink water, I dont care what they tell you, get Culligan water, they deliver to your home. Explore, the worst thing you can do is just sit around missing "home". This is a wonderful experience for you and your twins. Most importantly...ENJOY EUROPE!!
Andrea - posted on 07/13/2009
i am also being stationed in germany, at kaiserslautern. my hubby & kids are going, of course. i'm sooooooooo excited! they are nervous. what other profession allows, even encourages, travel to countries around the world? not too many i know of....i think of it as an opportunity, a cultural experience....most people pay to take trips like this, whereas i'll be getting paid and a guaranteed job...i dunno, i like change! good luck!
Ashly - posted on 07/13/2009
Where in Germany are you going to be stationed at? I have been here for a year, and am now just really getting settled in! It is definitely hard to call someplace other than home "home".
Be prepared to live in temp housing (depending on where you go) and without your things for at least 3 weeks to a month. Also, make sure you are in contact with your sponsor before you leave the states, they will and are there to help you and brief you on the most important things to know before you arrive! Are you guys Army of Air force? Each one have different ways of improcessing depending on where you go! There is much more to know, but alot just depends on where you go!
Ronda - posted on 07/12/2009
We are getting ready to go Germany ourselves, We are going to be stationed in illeshiem. We are also going to be there 3 years. I'm excited, but sad because we just left Korea and absolutly loved it over there and did not want to leave.
Rita - posted on 07/11/2009
I am getting ready to move with my son to Italy to join his dad. I am scared out of my mind. He will be leaving after about six months of us being there to deploy and then we will come back stateside while he is gone! Have you gotten all of your no fee passports yet?