Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Kindsbach, Germany

WE HAVE INTERNET!!!!!!!!

The house that we live in was just recently gutted and turned into two apartments. Our landlords, who own the house, live below us, and we are the very first tenants they have ever had in the apartment upstairs.  All of the Internet and cable connections were only for the downstairs apartment, not ours.  With miscommunication at the cable company and then having to do all correspondence to the technical support department through translated emails, it took a total of 6 long weeks to finally get a technician here to help fix the problem!  And then it took the poor kid 3 hours to drill holes into our walls to get it connected, but hey, we have Internet and I don't need to go to the library anymore!

Anyway....

The day that Eric moved into our apartment, the same day our household goods were to be delivered, Eric got an email saying that we were approved for on-post housing and a unit was available if we wanted it.  But we had decided before we arrived that we wanted to experience Germany as much as possible, and to us, living on-post wouldn't be much different than where we were living in Nebraska, so we kindly declined.  

We are so glad that we did because we absolutely love our apartment, landlords, and the village we live in!  Now that you’ve seen our apartment, I’ll tell y’all about Kindsbach.  


A village is what we would call a suburb in the States; Kindsbach is a “suburb” of Kaiserslautern.  We are between Landstuhl and Einsiedlerhof (both ”suburbs” of Kaiserslautern) and minutes away from Ramstein Air Base.  Kaiserslautern is a city of 100,000 people and is known as “mini-America”--because of its proximity to the Air Force Base and Army Posts over half of the population are American, making it the largest American population outside of America.  

This is Kindsbach with Ramstein Air Base in the distance:
Our apartment is in the very bottom left corner.

Kindsbach is a small village- population of just 2,300.  There is a bakery (bäckerei), but no gas station (tankstelle) or grocery store (lebensmittelgeschäft).  We live on a small street and have no traffic behind us.

Our backyard; the view from our kitchen.

This is the street we live on- standing in the same place, I took a picture of down the street and then up the street:


There are hiking trails at the top of our street, and a small lake that we discovered on Father’s Day when we went for a walk on the trails.  Apparently this little area isn’t a secret because bunches of German families were swimming and picnicking there, but there was not a single sign in German or English to indicate that the most perfect little place was in the trails behind where we live. 



It probably would be easier to live on-post- We wouldn't have to worry about utilities or problems with the Internet, and Isabelle would be able to walk to school and run around post with other kids like she did in Omaha.  But, we've committed ourselves to having the absolute most authentic experience here, and we just don't think we'd get that by living on-post.  We have landed in one of the most idyllic little villages and in the most perfect apartment.  Eric and I haven't been blessed in all aspects of life, but we certainly have in this aspect, and Isabelle is learning so much!  We wouldn't trade it for anything!  





7 comments:

  1. so glad to here you re fine and your daughter is fine too, great looking pictures, really great.
    still remember if you got questions please let me know,
    Stephanie

    should i give you my emailaddress?

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie! If I have any questions I will let you know :)

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  2. Hi, I am new to kindsbach too!

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    1. Welcome! We like it here, hope you do too!

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  3. My son just got an apartment in Kindsback. I went on a search to find out about where he lived, and found this. Thank you for posting these pictures, it looks like a lovely little town. I hope you are still enjoying the experience. He is stationed at Ramsteine AFB.

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    1. It's an exciting experience and I hope your son loves it as much as we do! I appreciate his service to our country!

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  4. Good morning,
    you cannot consider Kindsbach a suburb of Kaiserslautern! We are belonging historicly since centuries to the Sickingen area with Landstuhl as it's centre. It is something else, where we do our shopping :-)

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