We arrived Sunday morning and have tried to hit the ground running. Well, as much as possible while still jet-lagged!
Our first stop Monday morning was the housing office, where we updated our status and were given the possibility of an apartment on Patch Barracks, our first choice! We were given keys to look at a similar apartment in the same building but the one we were offered is still occupied and will be until the end of the month, so we'll be in the hotel for at least a month. Stretch started his check-in process and we got all 3 ID card holders entered into the system here.
In the afternoon, we took the bus to Patch to check out the new neighborhood. The kids fell in love with the apartment (we kept reminding them that it was NOT the one we'd be in!), the neighborhood and the post. And we kind of liked it, too! Afterward, we wandered the post a bit before meeting our sponsor who took us to downtown Stuttgart for the Fish Fest. While fun, it made for a late night (well, late for those dragging with jet lag!).
That was just our first day and a half in country! We are already signed up to take our first USO tour this weekend and hope to have at least one licensed driver and our car by next week.
My record with housing difficulties continues to hold (and I'm not even in housing yet!). We had a leak in our room due to issues with the A/C unit and its drip pan. Stretch is finally a believer in my gremlins! I'm not complaining, though, as it led to us being moved to a larger room!