1. Military Expat Essentials: What you need to bring to South Korea - These Temporary Tents by Aadel Bussinger
    September 16, 2013 @ 7:20 am

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  2. Andrea Ewart
    August 6, 2012 @ 5:17 pm

    When I was stationed in Germany over 20 years ago – I was single and lived in the barracks and traveled A LOT – while I never considered myself an ex-pat I think I did experience the culture and what the community had to offer. I believe many people today rely on technology to get them thru an oversea’s deployment – we had no internet, no skype, no email, no Ipod’s or Ipads – we had each other and our community… many of us didn’t have a car – so we used local transportation and local bars to have our entertainment. So in a sense we learned our way around culture and environment by blindly striking out and seeing what was around the corner.. something I hope still continues today (even with the assistance of GPS!)

    • Andrew
      August 12, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

      That is good that you traveled. I certainly remember traveling pre wide-spread internet. It was a different experience. Though I now like the surety of having a hotel where I am going and not wandering around so much.
      That “blindly striking out” is slowly losing steam in the modern mind I fear. The overwhelm of information makes the lack all that more noticeable and frightening.

  3. Crystal @ Little Sightseers
    July 25, 2012 @ 11:47 pm

    Well that is a pretty good summary! We live about 25 minutes west of “Little America” and we really like it that way. I do like to hit up the K-town area some times, mostly for the Dino park and Globus! LOL It is very sad how many Military families just don’t take advantage of living in Europe. I have meet people who have been stationed here for years, and hate it. When you ask them why, haven’t they gone any where, they say its too expensive to travel. I call the BS flag on that one. There is so much to see and do just within an hour of our home. This is part of the reason I started my blog, maybe if people knew more about how to travel here and there, they might? We love having good German neighbors that are now friends, and I’m trying really hard to learn the language. I do think when the husbands are gone, that’s a good reason not to travel far with your kids alone. Anyways, I’m babbling now. I could chat up this topic all night. Great post!

    • Andrew
      July 31, 2012 @ 10:27 pm

      Excellent reason to start a blog. Germany is definitely manageable and not so expensive if you plan ahead.

  4. Hogga
    July 25, 2012 @ 2:46 am

    Wow I had no idea it was like that for military personnel… makes sense though!

  5. Amanda
    July 23, 2012 @ 11:02 pm

    I never thought of whether I should consider myself an ‘expat’ until people back home started referring to me as one. Technically, anyone living temporarily or permanently in a country other than the one they were brought up in qualifies as an expat, so I would say that those over here with the military (especially those who live off post) could call themselves expats if they like. But it is certainly a different type of experience than that of traditional expats who move over without all the support systems we have in place.

    It baffles me when people rely on being here with the military to the point that they never even go off post (and I guess those would be the only people I would say shouldn’t call themselves expats since they’re never out experiencing the country or culture). I would hate to come back from Germany and have people ask what we did and only be able to talk about what’s on post.

    • Andrew
      July 31, 2012 @ 10:30 pm

      Agreed on all points. Use all chances to experience new things. Especially from a military point of view, know who you are working with and experience other cultures. Use that when you do go back to explain how wonderful the rest of the world is.