As some of you may recall, I was stationed in Germany from January of 1992 to May of 1999. We lived in a lovely little village by the name of Waldfeucht, which is in Kreis Heinsberg in Land Nordrhein-Westfalen. Our house was on Balduintraße and that "A" in the red circle above is at the foot of what was our driveway. (A Kreis is a district, roughly equivalent to a county and a Land is roughly equivalent to an American state.)
(Before you start scrambling to bring up Google Translate, the title of this post (auf Englisch) is "My Military Service in Germany (Accommodations)". I'm sure my old friend Greg has already been there. Thought I'd save you the trip...)
Each of these political entities (if you will) has its own coats of arms, I find these things to be cool and awesome (YMMV) so here are those for where I lived.
|Coat of Arms of Nordrhein-Westfalen|
|Coat of Arms of Kreis Heinsberg|
|Coat of Arms of Waldfeucht|
Now where we lived was less than 200 meters from the Dutch border. Here's a view of our little village from the Dutch border looking eastwards. Note the greenhouses in this picture (the low lying greyish structure just to the left of the triangular sign) these are the same greenhouses in the first photo, just behind our house.
Just behind where this picture was taken from and up the road just a tad was a really nice Chinese restaurant. Where you could also get really good Indonesian food. Which is very popular in the Netherlands and with Your Humble Scribe. Here are some other things I enjoyed while assigned to Germany.
|Turkey Schnitzel with Spätzle|
|Selection of Wine from The Mosel Region|
|Uh, How Did This Get Here?|
I Do Like the Beer
The Girl? I Guess She's Okay...
(Don't Tell The Missus)
There will be more tales of Germany in the future. But for now, I'll leave you with this German march, Preußens Gloria. From the 19th Century and still in use by the modern German military, a very rousing tune!