Leanbean in Germany

Military wife trying to figure out this military life

Paris September 30, 2009

Filed under: Europe,Traveling — leanbean @ 8:16 am

In June we drove to Paris for a short trip.  Yes, we drove and it’s really weird to say, “Oh, we drove to Paris for the weekend.”  People had told us the French are rude to Americans but we didn’t notice a difference at all.  Maybe we are just use to the “gruff” Germans by now.  The way to do Paris from here is drive to Euro Disney, pay the 8 euro fee for parking and take the train into the city.  It took about five hours till we made it to the city but it was a lot less stressful than driving in the city itself.

We spent the first day walking everywhere – from the Eiffel Tower, to the Louvre and back.  Our feet hurt so much by the end of the day because we didn’t realize how much walking we had done.  We figured we walked over 8 miles that day.  The next day was spent figuring out the subway system and our feet thanked us.

The very french hotel room:


The Eiffel Tower:


The Louvre:


The Arc de Triomphe:


Moulin Rouge:


On the last day we went to the catacombs.  We were literally one of the last people let in that day due to it closing so early.  Joe had no idea what the catacombs were but he says it was his favorite thing we saw.  I found the whole thing creepy and I wanted out immediately but we were stuck down there for 45 minutes.  


Notre Dame:


And the naked ladies tent outside of the Notre Dame:


My favorite about our trip to Paris?  Getting Joe to eat sushi!  He ate it without complaining once, not even when the bill came!


Things we miss September 29, 2009

Filed under: Germany,Military — leanbean @ 8:00 am

Moving to Germany has been difficult at times.  It can be hard not to compare here to the States but sometimes it can’t be helped.  Some things we miss about the states:

* Buying EVERYTHING in dollars – the euro rate is .65 right now, which is the worst it’s been since we got here.  The only thing more annoying than the euro rate is the inability to use our credit cards.

* Target – recently a new BX/PX opened up on base and it is massive and yet, it still sucks.  Don’t get me wrong, it is much better than the old BX (base exchange) but it doesn’t hold a candle to Target.

* Food – any kind of food you can get in America you can’t get here.  A lot of the restaurants we have found are a lot of the same things – pizza, pasta, french fries, sausage and schnitzel.  I plan on loading up on delicious Mexican food when I go back next month.

* TV – yes, there is the Armed Forces Network but it still doesn’t give you all the shows you crave – like True Blood or Project Runway.  

* Grocery Stores – specifically grocery stores not on base that are inundated with people at all times.  It is so worth paying taxes on your groceries to not have to watch out for screaming kids and slow Germans taking up the whole aisle.

* Jobs – while the job market isn’t exactly hot in the states right now, the ability to find a decent job on post has been incredibly stressful.  I am thankful I have a job right now, even if it means working almost every single Saturday.

Knowing what we know now about Germany, I honestly believe we would have chosen differently.  Instead of being upset about it, we realize we have only 2.5 years left and we’re going to travel and enjoy ourselves as much as possible and pray the time flies by.


The hood September 28, 2009

Filed under: Germany — leanbean @ 8:55 am

Just some pictures of the neighborhood…




And a dinosaur:



Riding Shotgun September 25, 2009

Filed under: Family,Germany — leanbean @ 8:23 am

Someone decided she wanted to sit shotgun on the ride home from the dogsitter’s house.




Filed under: Germany,Military — leanbean @ 8:21 am

In America you have Craigslist.  In Germany, Americans have Heidelberg/Bamburg/Ramstein/Mannheim/Stuttgart Yardsales.


This is the place to buy other people’s crap and get rid of your own.  We’ve purchased everything from a treadmill to my car on yardsales.com.  When we needed to get rid of a box spring we had over 12 people email us within an hour of posting.  The boxspring was gone less than a couple of hours later.   People I work with have talked about being addicted to searching for the most random stuff on the website.  It’s a great place to find a deal or to waste some time.


Scene it in Europe September 24, 2009

Filed under: Europe — leanbean @ 8:12 am

Just some guys, taking a leak in front of 100,000 people.


Joe insisted I put this on the blog.  He was so proud of himself when he used one of these public urinals.


Mainz September 23, 2009

Filed under: Germany — leanbean @ 8:06 am

For two weeks I had work related training in Mainz.  I didn’t know much about Mainz when I got there and I was most interested in Zara and a sushi place called Buddha, where the tuna was not gray!  The two weeks were a blast but the weather was not so great, hence the not so great pictures.  Just a quick look at the city of Mainz, pronounced like mice with a “n”.


We stumbled upon a festival.  The Germans love their festivals:


The bridge:


The “beach” next to the river:


The river: