Welcome to the Geilenkirchen (GK) area.  You’re coming to a special place full of amazing people and truly an adventurous chapter of your life.  My GK years are definitely among my favorites and my closest friends I met while stationed there.


I hope that this website will be helpful to you.  Please peruse the menus or use the search box to find things.  If you still have questions, feel free to use the contact form in the menu above to ask me a question directly or post your question on one of the LivinginGK Facebook pages.



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The Orcas Swim Team

For swimmers from 6-16, the Orcas swim team is great group and such a confidence booster!  They practice at the Brunssum pool each spring. Please see the current flyer for more information.    

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A New Travel Resource at Trippy

I know that there are a ton of travel sites vying for your attention and the last thing you need is another place to check, but I’m going to through one into the mix anyway because it’s now one of my favorite go-to sites and I honestly like it and the people who started it. […]

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Restaurant Pöttgen in Cologne

This is where you need to eat in Cologne/Köln… “If in Köln, give this place a try. Typically German menu. Nothing fancy. Apparently, it’s a local legend and has been run by the same family for 4 generations. The staff was warm and wonderful and the cheerful, ruddy-faced current owner stopped to chat with us, […]

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Karneval ALAAF! Local carnival parade calendar.

For me, the carnival parades are the most fun. They will throw candy. They might give you a shot of something alcoholic. You might go home with a cabbage (really), so bring a bag or an inverted umbrella and enjoy. Costumes are the norm – especially in Cologne. Not dressing up will make you stand […]

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Roncallis acrobatics

‘London Calling’ at Roncalli’s Apollo in Dusseldorf

By Nicki Thompson As I’m always looking for ways to inexpensively make the most of my remaining time in Europe, it was a VERY welcome surprise to be invited as a guest to see ‘London Calling,’ a live variety show playing at Roncalli’s Apollo Theatre in Dusseldorf.  This show was produced specifically for Roncalli’s Theater so you won’t […]

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Marcel’s Country BBQ Restaurant Country Music Night

Review and Photos by Crystal Lemanski If you’re like me and you like country music, good food, good people and an all-around good time, Marcel’s Country BBQ Restaurant/Dance Hall was the place to be last night! Marcel’s Country BBQ restaurant in Wassenberg, Germany specializes in American cuisine. Last night they hosted their first Country Music […]

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The Burg Satzvey Christmas Market

Burg Satzvey Christmas Market An Der Burg 3, Mechernich, 53894 Dec 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 (2013) Sat 1200-2000 Sun 1200-1900 Adults 6.50€; kids 4-12, 4€ Totally stroller accessible! This market is pretty big (maybe 100 vendors), but wasn’t crowded like those in the bigger cities.  It was peaceful, with candles lit everywhere and a […]

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Schinnen News

The Current USAG Benelux Gazette: http://www.usagbenelux.eur.army.mil/Gazette/current_gazette.pdf SANTA IS COMING TO TOWN! Santa will be visiting the Schinnen Commissary on Monday, December 23 from 11 a.m. to noon and again from 2 to 3 p.m. TRAFFIC AWARENESS: Maastricht, Netherlands – Due to ongoing construction the situation at the Autobahn entering Maastricht will change on or around […]

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Veganz: A comprehensive Vegan store in Germany

Just wanted to send a quick tip for anyone who follows a “plant-based” way of eating here in the tri-border area. It is sometimes hard to find “vegan” or plant-based products on the economy but we have recently discovered an on-line resource with very minimal shipping fees. This is an awesome grocery store, the worlds […]

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4th of July in the Tri-Borders area

The 2013 Tri-Border Independence Day Celebration will be held on Saturday, July 6, 2013 at the Brunssum Sports Fields. The celebrations begin at noon with live music, food, rides, crafts, a petting zoo, a birds of prey show, a 5K run, classic cars, softball games, and ultimately, fireworks.  Open to all US/NATO ID card holders […]

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