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GK Local: Chocolaterie “Ducharette”

Coming very highly recommended from a friend who considered this the best chocolate around here, I finally made it over to the tiny chocolaterie Ducharette. Near the market square down from the church in Ubach over Worms, it’s 5 minutes from base and easy to find. My family tried them and all I heard was […]

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GK School Options

AFNorth International School AFNorth International School is an excellent full-day preK-12th grade school located just outside the base at Brunssum, NL with many extracurricular activites and active, competitive sports teams.   Homeschooling For those of you considering homeschooling, you will be happy to know that there is a very active home school group here […]

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GK Local: Eier Liqueur

In chocolates and cakes, with whipped cream and coffee, and even in ice cream and chocolate truffels, egg liquor is a very popular flavoring here both in Germany and the Netherlands. In German it’s “eier liquor” and in Dutch it’s “advocaat.” Either way, it’s a bright orange-yellow, potent, yet sweet, runny egg yolk liqueur that […]

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Monschau, Germany

Monschau has a great website with a lot more listed than I knew existed even after three visits there… check it out! About an hour south of Geilenkirchen, nestled within the hills of the Eifel, is the quaint little city of Monschau. It lies near the Belgian border near the Eifel National Park. The […]

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Singin’ the Blues in Dremmen

Let your imaginations fly and you can probably come up with quite a few places where you could go to hear really great Blues, a dark smoky club in old New Orleans, a historical bar in New York… but in your list, you probably wouldn’t picture a little village in Germany. I certainly couldn’t. But […]

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Alaaf! A German Carnival Party

Carnival season is here. It starts officially, I think, on Rosenmontag (Rose Monday) which is this next Monday, the 19th. That’s the day that the big parades happen in Cologne, Maastricht, and other cities in this region. This is the region of Germany where Carnival is celebrated the most. Costume shops abound though most are […]

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The Norwegian Evening

Tonight, after spending all day cooped up in the house watching it snow and cuddling with two sick kids, I escaped to the Frisbee Club to enjoy a few hours out with friends at the International Women’s Club Norwegian Evening. The ladies had a nice table spread with beautiful brochures from Norway and we were […]

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Splattered Gook

Sometimes (quite often), my children are not the only big mess makers in the house. We are all learning that messes are best handled with humor… and a quick clean up. Today I heard Kirk yell from the bottom of the stairs, “Tiffany, at the risk of years of ridicule, if you want a good […]

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