When we get mail from the United States, it is delivered to our post office box at the Army Post Office (APO) on the local military base. As a benefit to citizens living overseas on military orders, the cost of mailing things to overseas locations is subsidized (the cost to the sender is the same as mailing the item to New York City). This means APO mail is a lot cheaper than other international shipping services (FedEx, UPS, and others). We get a fair amount of mail via the APO and are grateful to have this convenience while living in Germany.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Last week a coworker and I drove to Belgium for some meetings at NATO in Brussels and at SHAPE in Mons. We spent the night in Brussels at a hotel that was a five minute walk from Grand Place.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
The local Army base offers German lessons for Americans that want to improve their German language skills. I started taking classes with Frau Bauer in early 2010. I took four of her classes and was looking forward to a fifth this fall. Tina had also taken two of her classes and was signed up for a third. Her classes were really good for me and I learned a lot. I always felt like I got more out of the classes than I paid for.
The boys played soccer again this fall. The league is sponsored by the local army base with volunteer coaches. Each team gets to choose its own team name. Oscar's team was "The Dragons" and Calvin's team was "The Little Green Monsters". Calvin's coach was somebody we know from church.