We learned earlier this month that our time in Germany would be cut short. We’ll be PCSing (aka moving) back to The States sometime around April or May. We didn’t know where we’d be moving, but we do now. We’ll be leaving behind the lush landscapes of Germany…
for the not-as-lush landscapes of Fort Bliss (located in El Paso, Texas).
Honestly, it’s disappointing. Adjusting to life here has not been all smiles, but I’d like to stay longer. Less than a year in Germany is a let down. And to leave what has been quite the adventure to return to a state we’ve already lived in? Womp, womp.
I can tell you that I’ve never had any desire to go to El Paso. Not to live, not to visit, not to stop for gas, not to drive through at full speed without tapping the brakes. (In all fairness though, I’ve never been to El Paso. Maybe it’s worse in my mind than it is in real life.)
Alas, we go where the Army demands that we go. So Fort Bliss it is. In an attempt to stay positive here are some good things about our new duty station:
1. I’m already certified to teach in Texas, so I won’t have to take the certification test necessary to teach in another state. I’m not sure what the job market is like, but now that we know where we are going, I can start putting some feelers out for teaching positions.
2. It’s close-ish to our families. The Dallas area is where we hail from, and it’s a 10 hour drive between the two cities (according to Google Maps). Not a drive I want to make frequently, but it’ll be nice to be able to get home if we want/need to.
3. Our alma matter will be within driving distance.
The last time we were able to attend a football game at Texas Tech was 2007, the fall after we graduated. TTU has a special place in our hearts. (It’s where Geronimo was born!) We are excited to visit and re-experience the sports, the traditions, and the school spirit.
4. We plan to visit some new locations. Skiing in New Mexico, sight-seeing at the Grand Canyon, perhaps lounging in Cancun. While I’d prefer to explore Europe, there are places within range of El Paso where we can spend our time.
5. The PX has a good reputation. One of my former coworkers is from El Paso and would frequently rave to me about the PX. I haven’t been there yet, so I can’t say for sure, but I’m looking forward to shopping there and finding out first hand.
6. Linzi lives there! I’ve been following Linzi’s blog for a while, and I’m so thankful that I can turn to her as a Fort Bliss resource. She has graciously already shared so much with me via e-mail. It makes moving a little easier knowing that there is a friendly face waiting in that unfamiliar place. (And if you don’t already read Linzi’s blog, you should!)
7. I know a little bit of Spanish.
Linzi has told me that Spanish-speaking abilities are in high demand and very helpful. I’m not fluent, and I don’t even think I could say that I’m proficient at Spanish, but I for sure know more Spanish than German courtesy of three years of Espanol in high school.
El Paso doesn’t have the same appeal as Germany, but I’m glad we know where we’ll be heading. Like the saying goes, “Home is where the Army sends us.”
Is there anything else great about El Paso that I’m missing?*
PS “Paso A Paso” was the name of my Spanish textbook in high school. Go figure, I remember that useless piece of information and forgot half of what my teachers taught me!