August Expat Q&A

Over the past week, I came across some lovely new expat blogs that I am happy to be joining in a link up this month. Belinda and Bailie have created a monthly expat questionnaire forum where we all answer the same set of questions and link up! What a great way to meet other expats! If you have a chance, definitely check out their blogs and even join the link up. So here we go…..

August Questions:

1. What is your favorite food store in your city and why?

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Well it definitely depends on what I am looking for and how much I want to spend. I like to go to Real for everyday stuff because of their great prices, but Edeka definitely has a better selection of produce. But my favorite spot so far is Ratio because this store is HUGE! They have it all and a lot of selections; the down side, is it is a bit further away all still only about 15-20 minutes.

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2. For your answer to number 1 is it ok to buy the store brand items or do you pay extra for a name brand?
This would really only apply for Real in which they have generic (Tip) and store brand (Real) in which both are generally okay to buy. I am actually pretty impressed with both the Tip brand and the Real brand.
3. What do you think is the best way to get about your city? i.e. bus, bike, car, etc
Well, I live in a small village outside of Trier so around here your best bet is a car to get to other places outside of the village. However, I live right along The Mosel River surrounded by vineyards (wine probes), cute little cafes and biking/walking trails. So in those cases, you can take your pick from biking, walking and boating!

Overview of My Village & The Mosel

4.. Which store do you turn to for basics like toilet paper or cleaning supplies?
Target. Oops. Wrong country. Mostly Real….but I would LOVE a Costco or Target. :)
5. Where do you think is the best place in your city to get a cup of coffee (or beverage you prefer) and catch up with friends?
Ahhhh, this would be Feiten here in Longuich. It is a cute little outdoor (and indoor) Weingut where you have gorgeous views of The Mosel River, good food and drink with awesome prices and across the lot is a trampoline and swing set so you can let you kids play while you relax away!

What was your “eureka, I’m practically a native” moment?

Well, since I only arrived in May, I haven’t had this moment yet but I am looking forward to it!!

Does your real accent get in the way?

Most definitely! I am only learning German right now, but when I do practice I usually have to repeat myself and I can’t roll my “R” to save my life!

So there you have it, some every day expat life from this brand new expat. Happy Thursday!

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About Deanna H

Successful toddler chaser. Avid wine lover. Aspiring writer. Maybe or maybe not in that order.
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19 Responses to August Expat Q&A

  1. bevchen says:

    I’ve never heard of Ratio!

    I can’t do a German R either, and I’ve been here over 6 years. *Sigh*

  2. I love the look of the little outdoor coffee place!

    I have not had my eureka moment either as I have not made my big move yet, but I look forward to experiencing it too!

  3. Hemborgwife says:

    Thanks for linking up with us! I would find it hard to resist those swings they look so fun!

  4. oooh you live in such a pretty place! I do miss the big european hypermarket, there’s nothing comparable here in Canada but I do have a Costco and I LOVE it!

  5. The views from your village are stunning!! Wow! And I am so glad that I am not the only one who misses Target. ;)

  6. supertylor says:

    The bakery in Ratio has some of the better Brötchen in Trier, hands down. Does that count as a “going-native” moment, when you start having opinions about Brötchen?

  7. I would love to live somewhere where boating was a real option for transportation! When Jon lived near Tower Bridge, we’d always take the Thames Clipper down the river to see movies at the 02 - such fun memories :)

  8. Good idea!! Just did mine! :-)

  9. LondonKiwiEmma says:

    Feiten looks like a lovely place to have a cuppa!

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