This seems like a great forum! I have searched the forum and seen several posts in regards to Stuttgart - all with very helpful information. I still felt the need to start my own thread specific to our situation and my questions - so I hope you don't mind and I hope to receive some insightful responses! :-)
My husband and I are in our late 20s and both work as government contractors. His company wants to relocate him(us) to Stuttgart, Germany to fill a vacancy that they think he will be the perfect fit for. I will have to leave my current job (which is not an issue) and will likely try to find work there myself. My company actually has a few jobs in Stuttgart so I may even be able to transfer (based on my husband getting the transfer first). Before doing so, I need to ensure that my 18 month old daughter is being taken care of and that her needs are met so that we can both work overseas full-time - otherwise, I will stay home with her in Germany while my husband works.
I have several questions that I hope you can help me with! :-)
In general, what is it like for an american family living in Stuttgart?
What type of activities are there for us to do? For my husband and I (active couple in their late 20s)? For my 18 month old daughter? And for us to do as a family?
What is the housing like there? Where do govt contractors typically stay and what is the average costs for housing?
How expensive is it to live in Germany in general (food, gas, etc)?
What is the cuisine like there?
What childcare options are available for toddlers (my daughter will likely be 2 years old at the time of our move or at least 22 months old)?
Does anyone have any personal experiences and/or recommendations for childcare for my daughter?
My husband and I were both in the Navy and lived in Italy for 3 years so we have lived abroad before - BUT we've never lived in (or visited) Germany and this time we would be non-military and with our 18 month old daughter. So this will be unfamiliar turf to us. I know that I won't know for sure how things will work out until we actually move but I want to try to do as much groundwork as possible. If my husband's transfer is approved, we will likely take a trip there to check the area out before making any permanent commitments. This move could be for 1-2 years. Before I move my daughter away from my family here, I want to see how this move could benefit all of us (culturally, etc).
Any information would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks for reading