Category Archives: Resources/Help

I’m moving. Here’s what to expect from HereatGK.

My time here at Geilenkirchen is almost at an end. Unfortunately, that means that I will not be able to continue upkeep of the blog. Here are some ways to keep this blog alive. While I believe many of the … Continue reading

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Serious Request by 3FM

I gave this Serious Request presentation during my monthly Information Exchange class at the A&FRC. While 2016’s Serious Request will be in Breda, this article is here to explain the yearly event that you will likely still hear about on the radio. A … Continue reading

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Local Oktoberfests

This information was compiled for 2015, but click on the links for information on next year’s events. Places to buy Dirndls and Lederhosen Lederhosenland by Hendricks Mode http://www.lederhosenland.com o Rijksweg Noord 22, 6131 CH, Sittard o Nassaustraat 80, 6043 ED, … Continue reading

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Dangerous and Poisonous Plants in Germany

Living in a different country also means encountering plants that you may have never seen before. Here are some plants to watch out for. Don’t touch these plants Stinging Nettle – You’ll find stinging nettle along paths, in gardens, in … Continue reading

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Fitness Classes on GK

The Sports department now has a Facebook page! They will be posting their classes and events on their page so be sure to “Like” them. Note that these classes are held at the NATO gym near the track, not the … Continue reading

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A Guide for Nearby Airports

While flights can be found for low prices with airlines like Ryanair, make sure you know what airport you are beginning and ending your journey with. Many big cities have one big international airport and a smaller one (sometimes with … Continue reading

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Pet Shipping or PCSing with your Pet

Moving overseas with your pet and getting their paperwork in order can seem overwhelming at first. But I hope this listing will help answer some of your questions about getting your pet to this side of the Atlantic. Summary of … Continue reading

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Trends in the Tri-Border Area

Of course there are exceptions to every rule, but here are some guidelines to help you navigate life in the Tri-Border area. Thanks to the HereatGK Facebook community for helping add to this post. If anyone else has epiphanies that … Continue reading

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Amsterdam Park and Ride

When traveling to Amsterdam, I am a big fan of using the NS train day-tickets that go on sale about once a month, but sometimes this isn’t the most practical way of traveling in the Netherlands. I’ve compiled a list … Continue reading

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Helpful Smartphone Apps

Updated May 7, 2016 Smartphones can be a tremendous tool in navigating life in Europe. Here are some apps that we and contributing readers have found helpful. If you have any awesome apps you would like to share, please let … Continue reading

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Space Available (Space A) Tips

I recently returned from my first space available flight back to the U.S., here are some tips that I hope will help any of you who might use this service while living overseas. First, head to http://www.spacea.net. This website is … Continue reading

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Yellow bag recycling in Germany

If you aren’t sure exactly what can and can’t go into the yellow bin or yellow bags for recycling, well here is the translation of the items that they have listed on the bags themselves. For proper recycle bags, you … Continue reading

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Tasso – Pet Registration

We all hope that our pets will not escape the back yard or get lost somehow, but what happens if they do? The microchip required for your pets in Europe is a good step in the right direction, but their … Continue reading

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Where to Park in Maasticht

There are quite a few options for parking in Maastricht, all of which can be reviewed on their handy website. Here is my opinion on some of the options available. Park and Walk Cabergerweg – Cabergerweg, Maastricht €1,50/hour up to … Continue reading

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European VAT Forms for GK Stationed Families

This information may have changed since it’s original posting. If this process has changed, you can contact us at hereatgk@gmail.com to have this post updated. This is a question that I’ve often asked and have received several answers to. So … Continue reading

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Listen to AFN Online

If the radio signal is weak in your area, or you just don’t have a radio that tunes to even numbers, you’re in luck. AFN streams online. AFN hosts the local Benelux station along with the other European bases. You’ll … Continue reading

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Locking Your Door

This seems like a silly thing to write about, but some don’t know about or don’t use the deadbolt feature on the front door of their house. Without a handle on the outside of the front door, it is difficult … Continue reading

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Recieve calls from the U.S.

Submitted by Melissa B. ~ I wanted a Washington phone number, so all of my friends and family could call me. When we cancelled my cell phone with Verizon in the U.S., we IMMEDIATELY called Vonage and they were able … Continue reading

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Fitness Options in the Tri-Border Area

Updated: 15 April 2016 We’ve written about many of the fitness options available to you on the bases in the area. This post is here as a summary sheet. Brunssum: Fitness Classes on Brunssum – All classes are back up and running. … Continue reading

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Student Discounts for .edu emails

Discounts are a wonderful thing, but they aren’t always something you know about. If you attend school in the tri-border then you should be taking full advantage of your .edu email address. UMUC is my school and they just recently … Continue reading

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Your German Dishwasher and Dishwasher Salt

When we moved here, we were lucky to have a friend and our landlady explain the ins and outs of how to use German dishwashers properly. I know your thinking “uh, you are retarded!”, but seriously, they require care different … Continue reading

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Helpful Facebook Groups

There are a bunch of Facebook groups/communities out there that are helpful in sharing information and connecting people. Here’s a list of some of them. Please note that most of these groups are closed, so an administrator will have to … Continue reading

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Weather Websites

It’s always good to be prepared, so here are some weather websites (that specialize in Europe weather) to keep you up to date. Wetter.de – This trusty site seems to be most peoples go-to site. Just put in your zip … Continue reading

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Have questions or want to share info? Let us help!

If you have a questions about places to go that Hereatgk hasn’t blogged yet, and you want to put it out there to other spouses in the Tri-Border to answer, send us your question and we will post it on … Continue reading

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A Beginner’s Guide to Paid Parking

German (and Dutch) parking rules aren’t always clear when you’re first starting out. I still find parking to be the most frustrating part about driving here, (aside from the slow tractors) but I hope this post will help clarify a … Continue reading

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Off base Optometry – GK Tricare for Dependents

The Optometrist from Spangdahlem visits GK on a quarterly basis. The appointments are in order of priority. ( 1. Flyers 2. Diabetics 3. Active duty 4. Dependents) If you are Tricare Prime then you are authorized to use network providers in the … Continue reading

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Education financing opportunities

(Copied from the GK AFRC FB page on 13Mar2013) FOR ALL THOSE INTERESTED IN CONTINUING THEIR EDUCATION OR GETTING STARTED, PLEASE READ: These resources are available to you and your families as you pursue your educational goals. We will continue … Continue reading

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The cost of traffic tickets

There are a few resources for the cost of speeding and other tickets: How to Germany German Site Please check out this document if you are interested in just what kinds of fines are in store for you if you … Continue reading

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When a company won’t ship to APO addresses

Many companies will not ship to APOs for one reason or another. Fortunately you have a few options when this occurs. First, try to put the address in with City: APO and State: NY. This usually works if APO isn’t … Continue reading

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NS – The Dutch Train System

The Nederlandse Spoorwegen(NS) operates the majority of trains running through the Netherlands. Their website is offered in Dutch and English, both of which will allow you to search for train schedules. The Dutch side of the website has more capability … Continue reading

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In Your Pocket City Guides

I’ve found a new great travel resource called “In Your Pocket”.  They have a website where you can look at all of their locations. The first guide I found was a printed version for Sittard-Geleen at the VVV. The guide … Continue reading

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Emergency Phone Numbers and Hospitals

Note: If you want a medical opinion before going to an emergency room, you can also call the US Clinic on-call doctor (or dentist). Call the US appointment phone number (49)(0)245-199-2300 and wait for the “on-call” option on the recording … Continue reading

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How-To-Dial Information

From Germany/Netherlands to the USA 00-1-area code-seven digit # From Germany to Netherlands  00-31-omit 0 from the Dutch #                  From the USA to Germany 011-49-omit 0 from the German #     … Continue reading

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Listen to Even-Numbered Frequency Stations (like AFN)

Most American car radios are not able to tune to even-numbered frequency radio stations. This means that AFN Benelux in the Tri-Boarder area, which is on 89.2, is not easily accessed without an aftermarket radio tuner. Fortunately, there are some … Continue reading

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Tri-Border Publications to Keep You Informed

USAG Benelux Gazette – This is posted weekly and includes events and announcements for Brunssum and Schinnen. NATO Skywatch – Skywatch is published monthly and contains information about upcoming events and  IYA activities along with their articles about the base. … Continue reading

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Recycling Plastics and Cans – Get your money back!

There’s a way to get money back by recycling your German plastic bottles and cans with very little effort. Here’s what you need to know. If your can or bottle can be refunded, it will have this symbol on it. … Continue reading

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ADAC and ANWB the European AAAs

We recently learned that ANWB will give you discounts on certain items in their store (i.e. maps) if you are an ADAC member. It may work the same way the other way around. Of course, it never hurts to ask! … Continue reading

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VVV – Netherlands Tourism

The VVV is the place to find out about activities and events going on in the Netherlands. As the tourism offices, it’s their business to know these things and to encourage you to explore the area. I visited the VVV … Continue reading

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Pharmacy (Apotheke) and Emergency Services (Notdienst) Search

Here are two websites to help you find the nearest pharmacy and emergency services to you. Search by zip-code (Postleitzahl) and how far out of the zip-code you’re willing to go (Umkreis in km). Both websites will give you the … Continue reading

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Trash Pickup Calender Online – Abfallkalender

New 2015 calenders should be coming in the mail shortly, but just in case it doesn’t get to you or it gets lost, here’s a backup plan. The garbage collection company, Schoenmackers, will be posting the new calenders online here. … Continue reading

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Base Services ICE Surveys

If you’ve ever had a good or bad experience with a base service, or you just want to voice your opinion on how services can be improved, you can easily provide feedback using the ICE survey online. These surveys are … Continue reading

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Train Tickets and Deals on the Deutsche Bahn

NOTE: These deals only work if you are staying within Germany and are available on http://www.bahn.de. KIDS RIDE FREE – Kids (14 and younger) can ride free on the train as long as they are accompanied by their parents or … Continue reading

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Facebook Pages to Help You Stay Informed

Updated 15 Jan 2016 One of the best ways to stay up to date on upcoming offers available on base is to like a few Facebook pages.  Some were easy to find, but others are harder to find if you … Continue reading

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IMCOM – Europe Road Conditions and School Closures

This website will give you up-to-date information on road conditions at all of the Garrisons, including Schinnen/Brunssum. http://www.imcom-europe.army.mil/webs/sites/staff_org/safety/road_conditions/index.asp

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A&FRC – Family Support Services

It is impossible to list all the services that the Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) provides to our families  The amount of help and opportunities available are endless because they are always adding more and more. There are some general ones … Continue reading

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A&FRC – A look at their financial support resources

There are so many wonderful things that the GK A&FRC (Geilenkirchen Airman & Family Readiness Center) can provide and one of the best ones is financial support resources. Whether you are having a tough time learning to balance the check … Continue reading

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Esso Station Finder Website and Mobile App

If you’re planning a road trip. This website is handy in finding the nearest Esso stations along your route. Each stations lists their phone number, address, opening hours and other helpful info. You can narrow your search by clicking the … Continue reading

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Import Taxes

If you buy something outside of Germany that has to be shipped to your German address, the shipping company will request that you pay import taxes on the item (usually from 0% to 20% of the item’s value). Naturally, the … Continue reading

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Current Traffic and Construction Information Online

Don’t you hate being blindsided by a detour when you’re just minding your own business driving down the autobahn? Me too, so I went on a mission to find highway traffic and construction information online. At least then, it would … Continue reading

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Language Courses – Online and In Person

Courses are offered during the Spring and Fall on GK and Brunssum. The following flyers show you information on previous offerings. A German course for children has also been offered in the past.  

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Emergency Leave – My experience overseas

My first thought when I moved to GK was “My dad has cancer, what if he dies? How will I get back?”. It’s a hard and scary thought. I had warning of my fathers impending death, but sometimes we don’t … Continue reading

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Amazon.de – Get your VAT back

Amazon has recently updated their policy concerning VAT refunds. The policy now states: “If you are an APO-address holder or work for the NATO troops we will be happy to refund all the VAT you were charged for your order. … Continue reading

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International Drivers License – GK stationed members only

According to GK base legal office, the USAREUR license that is issued to you when you take the test on base is only valid for driving in Germany. If you want to drive in other countries legally, you need to … Continue reading

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Gas Station Hours & ESSO Locations

Do you need to find a gas station store open past 8 o’clock on a Monday night? I did some research and put together this list of gas station hours. Also located below is a list of the nearby ESSO … Continue reading

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Local Veterinarians

I have not used nor endorse any of the following places.This list is purely for information purposes only. Thank you. Emergency Vet: On page 2 of the HS Woche, you’ll find a Notdienste (Emergency) section. The listing also gives a number … Continue reading

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Cell Phone Options

If you are looking into prepaid phones, I suggest reading this comparison first. It will give you an idea of what options are available in your area according to SIM card availability and network coverage. It will also allow you … Continue reading

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Tips and Tricks for Those New to Town

For those beginning the PCS process, I have created a page about our move here. Check out PCSGeilenkirchen.wordpress.com for even more info! When you arrive your sponsor will take you to base and help your family get settled and checked … Continue reading

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Rules of Living in Germany and Recycling

QUIET TIMES (Ruhezeit): 8 p.m. until 7 a.m & all day Sundays/holidays ·        House and garden appliances/machinery are off limits. (Quiet time includes lawn mowing, car washing/repairing, loud children, stereo or radio (loud)–if it can be heard outside your dwelling or vehicle it is … Continue reading

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