This month I thought it'd be fun to participate in Expat Q&A hosted by Bailie and Belinda. It's always fun meeting fellow expats!
1. What is your favorite food store in your city and why?
I love the German grocery store, Rewe. I feel like it's the German equivalent of Publix, and I always find cool cheeses, jams, and my personal favorite, Biscoff Cookie Spread. Be STILL, my heart!!
Biscoff Cookie Spread Chocolate Chip Cookies. Cookie in a cookie?? Delicious madness.
I also love the German Organic stores you can find in the bigger towns. They have so many delicious specialty things, I can't go in without buying like 5 things.
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?
Store brand all the way! Well, unless it's something like Dutch cheese or Italian proscuitto...I'll pay more for that.
3. What do you think is the best way to get about your city? i.e. bus, bike, car, etc
Car, definitely. Our area is so rural you can either drive, walk, or talk your 20 mph tractor. But if I'm venturing to civilization (the city 30 minutes from us), train all the way! Then my feets. It's very walkable.
4.. Which store do you turn to for basics like toilet paper or cleaning supplies?
The cheap German grocery stores like Lidl, Aldi, Norma, or Netto. Nine paper towel rolls for 2 euro? Yes please.
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?
There's a little coffee shop in the next town over that has amazing cakes, coffee, and brunch. It's my go to when it's time for some girl time. Or on Sundays, the Cow Cafe is nice-you get to eat homemade cake while looking out onto the cows in the barn. It's just as Bavarian as it sounds :)
Seriously, you can have coffee and cake in a plexiglass-ed cafe above a cow barn.
Welcome to Bavaria.
Plus these questions from Emma, at Adventures of a London Kiwi:
What was your “eureka, I’m practically a native” moment?
When I stopped getting excited about Oktoberfest? ;) No, I think it was when I lived in Berlin and noticed I could auto pilot my commute to work. That made me feel like a real Berliner. And when I reflexively say "Guten Appetit" to strangers eating a sandwich. :)
Does your real accent get in the way?
I practiced really hard on my accent, so I sometimes have the problem that Germans initially think I'm a German...until two sentences later and I've mangled the conjugation of something. So I tend to play up my accent if it's a hard conversation-like that time I drove onto the pedestrian sidewalk and had to explain myself to the Polizei!
I have a lot of trouble with the Bavarian accent though! They mostly think I'm from the Berlin area.
The dirndl and pretzel jewelry give me street cred 'round these parts
So that's it! Check out the link below to see what other expats said!
I'm heading to Ireland tomorrow for the Fleadh Cheoil, which is kind of like the Olympics of Irish Music. Getting to go has been a lifelong dream of mine (and #11 on my 25 by 25 list!), so I am SO EXCITED to listen to some amazing music, hopefully meet my childhood singing idol (who's having a free concert tomorrow night), and meet some fellow Trad lovers.
Any other Irish music fans out there? :)