Planning for Your Car When You PCS to Germany

The seven-part series of posts I wrote for the Automated Housing Referral Network are gradually going live. Each week, AHRN publishes another post on their blog about how to budget for an overseas PCS in the military. The fourth post in the series is all about how to plan and budget … Continue reading

Adapting to European Electricity when You PCS to Germany

Moving OCONUS - Electric - MilliGFunk

The seven-part series of posts I wrote for the Automated Housing Referral Network are gradually going live. Each week, AHRN publishes another post on their blog about how to budget for an overseas PCS in the military. The third post in the series is all about budgeting for European electricity … Continue reading

An Easter Market in Bindlach, Germany

Glass Eggs - Bindlach Easter Market - MilliGFunk

Germany is a country of festivals and markets, or (auf Duetsch) Feste und Märke. With each new season comes a new series of fests or markets to explore, and spring is no exception. Once Fasching is behind them, Germans spend their weekends looking ahead to spring — and more specifically, to Easter — … Continue reading

Budgeting for Your Family’s PCS to Germany – AHRN.com

Melissa Gilliam Shaw - Content Creation - AHRN.com

This week, the Automated Housing Referral Network published the first in a seven-part content series I created for them. These seven posts detail the many expenses a military family should consider budgeting for before starting their PCS to Germany, and I hope that they help other military families to prepare … Continue reading

Christmas Markets in Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg-Christmas-Market

It’s been more than a year since I’ve visited the Christmas markets in Heidelberg, Germany, and despite the fact that I was almost seven months pregnant and despite the fact the weather was outright nasty, Heidelberg still ranks as one of my favorite Christmas market destinations. The city of Heidelberg has … Continue reading

Hot Beer at the Parsberg Castle Christmas Market

This winter we visited some of the small, one-weekend-only Christmas markets in our little corner of Germany. One of our favorites was at the Parsberg Castle in Parsberg, Germany Christmas markets can get really crowded sometimes, and my husband and I get drained fast by the throngs of people. The Parsberg … Continue reading

New Year’s Eve in Germany

New Year's Eve in Germany

German Sylvester coincides with New Year’s Eve, and many people use the names interchangeably. Actually, though, Sylvester is a feast day remembering the death of Pope Sylvester I whose papacy lasted from January 314 to his death in 335. When the Gregorian calendar was adopted in 1582, Saint Sylvester’s Day aligned … Continue reading

A Christmas Devil in the Candy Aisle

Krampus the German Christmas Devil

Walking through the grocery store a week or so ago, I saw a chocolate devil on display with the Christmas candy. I bought him and brought him home to figure out who he was. “Why is a Christmas devil part of the German holiday tradition?” I wondered. I’ve learned that … Continue reading

MilliGFunk Has a Hot Hugo

MilliGFunk Has a Hot Hugo

We were at a German Christmas market last weekend in the town of Velburg when I saw a drink I’d never heard of. We see Gluhwein (hot, mulled wine), hot chocolate, and Kinderpunsch (non-alcoholic hot punch) at every Christmas market we go to, so when a new drink showed up … Continue reading

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