Let’s just cut right to it, I simply cannot believe we’ve been in Germany for a whole month!
Time flies when you’re having fun! (Or something like that).
The getting here was rough, awful, stressful, about 10x worse than I thought it’d be. It seemed that every single day something happened during this PCS. Those tales are coming, I cannot not share them here (even if I expensively
whined talked about it on Twitter as it was all happening).
For now, let’s talk about the good, the bad, the weird of Germany, one month in.
Germany, The Good
This one took us by surprised after a hell-ish PCS. Housing had a house ready for us within one week of being in-country. Unheard of. Amazing. It’s a three story house, about 5 minutes from post, in the actual town of Hohenfels. The three stories business is taking some getting used to but other than that have zero complains about our new home! (Okay except for those slanted ceilings in all bedrooms in the 3rd floor. You’re killing me slanted ceilings and our furniture isn’t even here yet).
And can I get an amen, for beautiful weather and scenerie?! Germany is, hands down, one of the most beautiful places I’ve had the honor to call home. Every time we are out driving somewhere I tell Lance I feel I am in a postcard and someone will tap me on the shoulder any minute and tell me it’s over, we’re going back.
THE FOOD! Honestly, I’m just here for the food (kidding!) (kind of). We have a bakery in town and even though our German is poor, to say the least, we’re already regulars there (no shame). And during our first German fest I discovered my favorite kind of caramelizad peanuts from Chile are also a German staple and one of their fest foods is a food my grandma used to make, yum. And did I mention Kinder eggs? Can’t forget Kinder eggs! And Gelato and real, proper pizza. I could keep going, I really could but I’ll stop before I start drooling on my keyboard.
And since we’re talking about food, let’s talk about how amazing German grocery stores are! They’re cheap, they have awesome, delicious food, and they are cheap, like pay 18 cents for a yogurt, cheap. I think this whole month we’ve been to the commissary twice and both times I wanted to scream at people doing their full grocery trips there.
Apparently, Germans are in no hurry to hook up non-essential services. Least of all, internet. I had heard sometimes this could be a slow process, 2-3 weeks being average but we’d be waiting close to 6 weeks for internet. (If they keep true to the date they gave us). I’d like to say I’m all “meh, it’s okay we don’t need Internet.” But I kind of run an internet-based business so this has been FUN. (Not).
The (not-so) good ol’ language barrier. Before moving here I started doing some German lessons through Rosetta Stone and even Duolingo. Buuuut having a baby and my husband being gone for three months I didn’t get a lot of German under my belt and oh man, it’s been rough a few times. Most locals have been very kind and know some English so we’ve managed but I really need to step up my game.
Maybe not strictly weird but I’m mixed on it between good and bad so it’s going here. Recycling. German are not messing around when it comes to their recycling. The day we moved in, housing gave us an informational package with no less than 10 pages on how to properly recycle here – and we live in one of the “easy” towns. A month in we’re still mildly confused as to which bags / bins everything goes into so here’s to hoping for no fines in our future *fingers crossed*. That being said, I feel like Captain Planet every time I sort something correctly, so part of me feels we should all be this serious about recycling.
That’s all I have on Germany for now! I know more things will come up as we get more settled in but truth be told, I’m kind of in love with Germany.