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Life Lessons of a Military Wife (overseas in Europe!): Living in Chievres Lodge (Designer Bathtubs?)

Life Lessons of a Military Wife (overseas in Europe!)

My goal here is to make your life easier, especially those who are in the unique situation of being a military spouse. Yes...I've been around...but in a good way...and hopefully can share those tips, tricks and shortcuts with you too. I've been on this military bus for over 40 years now. My goals in life are to have a well-run home, few money worries, well adjusted children, money socked away and whatever happiness I can scoop out of life.

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After life as an Army brat, being in the Army myself and marrying a soldier, I can honestly say I have a bucket full of life lessons I can share to help you make your everyday life easier and enlightening. Don't waste your time making unnecessary mistakes and benefit from others who have come before you on your journey through life.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Living in Chievres Lodge (Designer Bathtubs?)

Okay, so it took me two weeks to notice a signature on the rim of our bathtub at the lodge.  This immediately made me wonder if that makes it a designer tub, and if so....the military paid for designer tubs in here?  With taxpayer money?  Or....

I started to muse....do all Belgian bathtubs have signatures?  And whose signature anyway?  German tubs, at least the ones I've seen, don't.  Hmmmmmmm.

Other things you'll find at the lodge that may be more useful to you and your family:


  • A nice Continental breakfast is included in your stay.
  • I believe those PCSing in and out have priority.
  • There are some grills out back, along with a new playground with rubberized surfaces.
  • The only benches around the whole grounds are those at the playground....strange.
  • There are three free computers connected to the internet for your use in the business center.  There is also a printer attached.
  • You'll also find a DSN phone in the business center (really a small room).
  • Did you know you can get a dial tone in the US from calling any DSN phone to dial 1-800 numbers or to use your calling cards?  Call 809-463-3376 and then dial your toll free number.
  • There is a binder in the lobby listing items for sale that people have posted.
  • There is a shuttle bus stop right out front that will take you to SHAPE and Brussels Airport.  I think you have to make reservations though to get to the airport.
  • The lodge has storage rooms that can be used for free on a case available basis.  Just keep asking at the front desk.
  • The front desk is very helpful in giving you ideas on what to do in your spare time.
  • If you are looking for a neat Belgian grocery store close by and the back gate is open, try the Champions store there.  It even has limited hours on Sunday.
  • Don't forget that most eating choices are closed on Monday, although the Patriot Club next to the gym does serve lunch on Mondays.
  • Yes, the longterm rooms and suites do have kitchen facilities, but they are meager at best.  There are two burners with no exhaust fan, plus a small microwave that I believe you can use in a convection/browning way too confusing for me to figure out.  The dishwasher is also half the size of a regular one.
  • If you are looking for something to read, the thrift shop, Grandma's Attic maintains a bookcase on the third floor of the lodge with free hardcover and softcover books for you to borrow, including childrens' books.
  • Speaking of Grandma's Attic, it is worth a visit and right next to the commissary.
  • Washers and dryers are in a laundry room on each floor.  Access it with your roomkey.  Doing laundry is FREE and many times there is extra detergent to use as well.  Only use half of your American washing liquid as the washers can overflow if you use too much.
  • The wailing and scary bird noises you hear behind the parking lot are not peacocks....but pheasants!  Look for them in the bushes, and watch them fly out right in front of you.
If you have any more tips to share, please add them below!

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