Army wife living the life is my new mantra. Fort Bliss to East Camp Graffen, what a stark contrast!
My family and I arrived at Ramstein Airforce Base, after 3 plane rides and hours of flying. It was long and grueling. We spent one day in Ramstein at a very quaint hotel etched in the side of the mountain. It was beautiful. Next day we drove by bus for 4 hours to Grafenwoehr.
So 28 days in, my take on it?
We have been living in a hotel for approximately 28 days. It sounds fun right? WRONG! If you are anything like me, I love space and abhor clutter. I am a minimalist and don’t need a lot, but I do like space, and things neatly packed away.
Since arriving at East Camp Graffen, it has snowed practically every day, and the sun has made a few appearances. Being an Island girl, I am sure you can feel my pain. Dreaming of flip flops and coconut water. Surprisingly, my body seems to like the cold. I just can’t wrap my head around the amount of clothes I have to wear daily, did I mention I was a minimalist :-).
If you have been following me for a while, you know that I am the food police, Certified Health Coach (Institute for Integrative Nutrition). I have been a Health & Wellness advocate for a number of years. My daily routine involves some kind of green juice, shake, berries, tons of organic deliciousness. Healthy all the way! So imagine my shock….
The Food Court is laden with mostly fast food restaurants. Our (hubby and I) stomachs were not happy and spoke to us in ways we never want to hear again. We found the Supermarket (Commissary) and been cooking our own food ever since. You would be surprise how quickly you can adapt to very little!
We have visited a few German Super Markets, no need to look for organic labeling since they have banned Genetically Modified foods here. Winning!
Getting my work out on!
The gym has been my safe haven. It is state of the ART, equipment for days. There is spinning, yoga, a version of Crossfit training etc. I won’t lie though I truly miss doing hot yoga and just practicing daily.
Before getting our car, I would cut across the snow laden field, just to get my fit on. The walk is about 15 minutes long and it is sometimes as low as 10degrees…Resilience. Note to self, If you truly want something you will find a way.
Outside the Base
It took about 2 weeks before we went anywhere outside of the base. We visited Weiden, we loved every bit of it. My husband enjoyed some German beer, while I drank in the richness of the Architecture.
Our second trip was to Nuremberg, that was breath taking. We enjoyed the train ride which was quite reasonably priced , 19Euros two way. We visited a few churches and the Castle. The details in the churches were unbelievable. The depictions of Christ, Mary is very intricate. In some of the churches were lots of Gold ornaments. I forgot the names of the churches, I was too awed by the magnificence.
German Culture & Language
Germans don’t appear to be very friendly, and don’t smile unless there is a reason to. Don’t take it personally. They are nice people it’s just cultural to maintain a serious demeanor.
They speak their minds and don’t care for emotional drama. Saying sorry often like American’s do and tipping toeing around feelings, not their thing. They believe people should manage their own feelings. I think my husband will fit in quite well here.
There is nothing sexy about the language in my opinion, it is hard to speak, and you can almost hear the seriousness being conveyed. I have been able to read a bit, having studied other languages, but it’s not easy.
By the way don’t ask a German how they are doing if you are not willing to listen. They truly stop to tell you details. Do make an effort to speak their language before asking if they speak English (Englisch)?
Pros of being in Germany
Being in Germany allows you access to so many other European countries and travel is affordable. It is not social media oriented, people are not always on their phone, people actually talk to each other. There is lots to do on a budget, and they love to drink ;-).
I love my Ayurvedic herbs and I buy from a specific company, shipping things from overseas can be tricky. Products must approved by the German government, if not it will be blocked by customs and you may be fined heavily.
I have made lots of new contacts so far, yes I will always and forever be a social butterfly. I totally enjoy my days of being a wife, mother and free (for now anyway).
If you have never been to Europe, dust off the passport and get ready for an adventure. I have wanted to lived in Germany and explore Europe…wishes fulfilled!
Stay tuned, I will be sharing my journey, thoughts on Germany, food and all the exciting stuff happening on this side of the world.
As they say in Germany…Tschüss