We said goodbye to our German house on Monday, and it was both emotional but relieving at the same time. We did a final walk through with our landlord and only had two things that needed to be replaced over the four years which is impressive, and we got a little more than half of our deposit back, which is excellent for our bank account 😉.
We had a townhouse in the middle of Ramstein village, and the location was amazing. It was a four bedroom 2.5 bath, three stories tall and no yard, but a small balcony. LOTS of stairs, they will not be missed. We were a 1-minute walk from the city center which is where the festivals and Christmas markets are.
Things I will miss about Germany:
- the many festivals they throw
- the scenery
- my friends (of course)
- the beer YUM
- being able to travel so easily across Europe.
- this being our first real home where we literally created a Family here
- Schnitzel *drooling*
- how spread out everything is, and clean they keep their villages.
- the indoor water parks
- the trust they have in people, American’s are lacking this
- Christmas markets
I’ll think of more later…
Things I will not miss:
- the weather, I miss having tan lines. When I go home to California I’m always asked why I’m so pale… the lack of sun will do that to you!
- The lack of air conditioning in the summer. This last summer was miserable, especially being pregnant.
- The trash sorting, even though its habit now.
- The small kitchen (no thank you). In our house, we only had three cabinets, a stove, dishwasher, mini fridge, and two drawers.
- The tiny washer and dryers
- The lack of variety in their food. most restaurants have the same things on their menus
We also said goodbye to our Chevy Cruz on Thursday which was hard because we won’t see it for four years. We are putting it in storage because it takes to much to get it up to Japanese specs. SO when we get to Japan on the 21st we plan on getting a car right away, we heard the car buying process is super easy on the island, so we have our fingers crossed.
TLF stands for Temporary Lodging Facility for those of you who do not know. I must say this is a nice hotel/apartment, but I could never live in something this small. We got a two bedroom one bath & a full-size kitchen, (bigger than our German house kitchen for sure) pet-friendly room. The room is on the 3rd floor, so I’m constantly watching how I walk, so the people below us don’t hear our stomping, and it’s already annoying. The best thing about this room… it has 2 TVs!! Living without tv wasn’t too bad, but the days definitely drug on.
For those of you who don’t know, we were living in an Empty house for 15 days, which means no tv, no furniture (except the temporary furniture), and no cooking utensils (that was fun). Thank god for our friend Carolyn who let us borrow pots and pans.
This TLF comes equipt with 2 twin beds, dressers, TVs, washer and dryer, a couch that pulls out into a bed, a dog kennel, kitchen table, chairs, high hair, refrigerator, stove, pots, pans, bowls, spoons, forks, knives, cups… everything you need while temporarily living in this room with nothing but what you packed in suitcases. Trust me; you don’t realize how much you’ve missed this stuff until you have nothing for three months.
We live about a 10-minute walk from the Ramstein BX which is convenient (when it’s not cold or raining) and a 7-minute walk from the commissary. This base is HUGE, so the post office is too far for my liking. The husband has been out-processing from the base, so his days have consisted of getting people to do their jobs and signing paperwork, so we will be ready to leave next week. Ohhh the joys of the military *she says sarcastically* my days have consisted of dealing with my daughter who is currently going through a growth spurt and nothing I do pleases her… YEAH.
We are R E A D Y ready to leave and start our next chapter, it’s so close, literally next week we will be on a plane. SO CRAZY! I’m ready for warmer weather and going to the beach and the food. I’m excited to see what Japan has in store for us.