Another Day in Germany

By Mary Beth Thomas

My wife, succumbing to wanderlust last winter, found a job working in a high school on a US Army post in Germany.  We moved here in July, and, in a nearby town with the obligatory castle and brewery, settled into a 3rd floor apartment with a loft for guests .   I retired in June, and after avoiding stress-related coronary issues during the move, have now resigned myself to role reversal here in Germany.  In my now plentiful free-time, I have discovered the incredible USAREUR library system and am catching up on my reading (mostly historical non-fiction), and I have become engaged in causing trouble in the VS Discussion section.  I am also attempting to learn some Deutsch, which I discovered could NOT be learned in the first two weeks as it is the most difficult and frustrating language to learn, Mark Twain attested.  Maybe more on that later.


The challenge of living in Germany is multi-dimensional as we find ourselves dealing with three somewhat exclusive systems:  the German community, the US Army in Europe (USAREUR), and an international Army contractor.  However, we are developing a much more balanced understanding about living in a global community in the 21st century.