Newbie Tips

How to blend in while traveling abroad

Cecelia Curtis shows us how to blend in while we travel to get a true European experience, stay safe and prevent cultural misunderstandings.

Conquering the Deutsche Bahn like a pro

After a recent trip in which I ended up on the wrong train, here is a very basic explanation for riding the train here in Germany.

Tips for learning German

A few ideas for how to learn German while you are stationed in Germany.

Introducing Germany to your visitors

Living overseas means that family and friends want you to play tour guide when they visit. Here are some tips to give them a taste of life in Germany.

Pickpocketed in Berlin

As you discover and explore Europe, make sure to guard yourself from thief. A light-heart, fun trip can soon turn into a bitter lesson.

German Stores

Shopping Beyond the Military Base

Get started on your shopping journey beyond the gate guards – discover info on popular grocery and hardware stores as well as drugstores in Germany.

3 Ways to Discover Germany by Train for Less

3 Ways to Discover Germany by Train for Less

It’s no secret that the trains in Germany is one of the best in the world. Here are the 3 best deals from Deutsche Bahn for discovering Germany by train.

A Potted History of Germany

How much do you know about the history of Germany? Familiarize yourself with some of the key highs and lows of Germany’s colorful past.

Your guide to Germany’s bakeries

A variety of different breads, rolls, cookies, pastries or cakes are offered daily in German bakeries. Let us help you navigate the bakeries of Germany!

PCSing to Europe, What I Know Now

PCSing into Germany can be quite stressful. Here are my top five things I wished I would have known then but know now.

Familiar German Recipes

Try out our recipes for traditional German foods, that don’t differ too much from some American classics…

2016 Carnival Guide – Understanding Fasching

Get an understanding of Fasching, one of Germany’s oldest and largest celebration. Kicking off very soon, get involved and have fun at this utterly bonkers event!

Tips on the Stuttgart Transit System

Are you a little intimated with the sophistication and elegance of the Stuttgart rail and bus system? This article will provide helpful tips on how to get around the Stuttgart transit system.

Traditional German Costume - Tracht

Dress to Impress – German Style

Time to don a Dirndl or Lederhosen and party like a German. Follow our guide to traditional dress and you won’t go too far wrong…

The Transition to German Life

A few months ago, there was a knock at my door. It was my neighbor, and apparently, my Mayor. A conversation ensued about Americans living in German neighborhoods. The purpose… Read more

Tips on Booking a Cheap Ryanair Flight

Being a thrifty traveler, I always price out different planes, trains and automobiles. Most of the time you just can’t beat the price of a Ryanair flight. If you are willing to… Read more

This military life…Tips to connect, embrace and enjoy

Here are a few tips to help you connect, embrace and enjoy military life no matter the location of your duty station. These tips include making friends, learning the language where you are located, taking free classes and more.

Christmas Traditions in Germany

Germany’s association with Christmas is forged by its christian and predominately catholic religion. Let’s see how Christmas is celebrated in Germany…

Americans Can Study in Germany for Free

Did you know that Americans can study at a German university in English and for free? Find out how…

Shopping in Germany

Just arrived and feeling a bit overwhelmed? Here’s a few tips you need to know about shopping in Germany.

Rules for Swimming Pools & Lakes in Germany

With the weather finally starting to warm up, Germany’s many public pools and lakes are open for business. Here are a few of the rules and etiquette that can help you make the most of your time cooling off.

Ready to play cornhole with our homemade set

Bond with the Locals: Play Cornhole!

Adjusting to a new country is hard. If you’re finding it difficult to bond with the locals try a game of cornhole!

Learn Germany Quickly

Learn German Quickly

If you happen to be living in Germany, then learning German (and helping your children to do so) can really help you get the best out of living here.

Car seat rules in Germany

Car Seat Rules in Germany

Germany like most other countries in the EU has strict rules over children’s car seats. These are imperative to keep infants and young children as safe as possible when traveling… Read more

German Wine Labels

Reading Wine Labels in Germany

Here are a few tips to help you decipher German wine labels. Living in central Germany puts you right in the middle of some of the best vineyards in the world. It would be a shame not to learn something about German wine during your stay.

Parking in Germany

Most city parking in Germany is paid or restricted to residents. Large cities have large signs to direct you to garages, and some show how many spaces are available at any… Read more

Tips for living off-base in Germany

Cell Phone Contracts Cell phone contracts need to be formally canceled before leaving Germany, so keep this in mind when you sign up for one.  As them how you can… Read more