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cavlizzy cavlizzy
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Driving/shopping/misc... for new Expats maybe? May 24, 2011
*In Progress still adding**These are pictures I took while living as an Expat in Belgium. I decided some of these might be interesting just to see day to day life vs. where you may live. I took them to show friends in Texas. There are major differences in getting "gas"/ "petrol/diesel" at stations in Europe than in the USA. We have stations that have up to 24 pumps!! And you can pay ANYWAY you want. When I lived in Overijse, most stations had 2-4 pumps. Some were for credit only, cash or for pre-paid cards only they have there. If you went to the wrong pump, you had to change. Plus you must make sure it is petrol or diesel?? Since I did not speak Dutch or French for that matter... street signs and going to the grocery store became lots of fun. :^) Lucky for me, people there are very nice. Going to the post office or grocery store might only be difficult due to parking, as you will see in the photos. The Del Haize grocery I went to had about 40 parking spaces, but sometimes I still had to come back later due to no spaces, or NO MILK that day. GPS is very helpful, I was able to hop to Amsterdam, Paris, Antwerp, or wherever I might wish on Saturdays and be home by dinner! Most everywhere you go that has carts (IKEA, Del Haize, toy store, etc) you have to put money into the "cart" to get one that you get back IF you return it to the other carts. You use the "key" from a cart in front to push your money back out. No you can't use your own cart key, won't reach. There is just way too much to cover without writing 500 pages.. so I hope the photos will speak for themselves. Feel free to ask questions. :^)
It is nice they provide both Dutch…
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Lets go shopping.. Del Haize groce…
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RyanCorrea says:
So when do we get the remaining 499 pages :):)
Cheers :)
Posted on: May 25, 2011
Chokk says:
I truly understand why you adored Brussels - I do too. I try to be there every month but it does not work but 8 - 10 times a year I manage
Posted on: May 24, 2011
Chokk says:
Well, this is usually what all my expat friends said who lived outside Brussels. Even those who lived in Belgium for years. I lived close to Chatelain which is the most fabulous place I ever stayed. I could get what I wanted 24/7 - it just took some time to figure out where. I used the French speaking sites and became overtime friends with a lot of people who were born and raised in Bruxelles - this really helped. There were cultural arrangements every day almost and I got to know chefs and barowners - it was a blast that I miss today.
When I moved down there I said that I wanted to walk the streets of Bruxelles and drive the roads of Belgium - and I almost made it. :D
Posted on: May 24, 2011
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cavlizzy cavlizzy
37 reviews
Driving/shopping/misc... for new Expats maybe? May 24, 2011
These are pictures I took while living as an Expat in Belgium. I decided some of these might be interesting just to see day to day life vs. where you may live. I took them to show friends in Texas. There are major differences in getting "gas"/ "petrol/diesel" at stations in Europe than in the USA. We have stations that have up to 24 pumps!! And you can pay ANYWAY you want. When I lived in Overijse, most stations had 2-4 pumps. Some were for credit only, cash or for pre-paid cards only they have there. If you went to the wrong pump, you had to change. Plus you must make sure it is petrol or diesel?? Since I did not speak Dutch or French for that matter... street signs and going to the grocery store became lots of fun. :^) Lucky for me, people there are very nice. Going to the post office or grocery store might only be difficult due to parking, as you will see in the photos. The Del Haize grocery I went to had about 40 parking spaces, but sometimes I still had to come back later due to no spaces, or NO MILK that day. GPS is very helpful, I was able to hop to Amsterdam, Paris, Antwerp, or wherever I might wish on Saturdays and be home by dinner! Most everywhere you go that has carts (IKEA, Del Haize, toy store, etc) you have to put money into the "cart" to get one that you get back IF you return it to the other carts. You use the "key" from a cart in front to push your money back out. No you can't use your own cart key, won't reach. There is just way too much to cover without writing 500 pages.. so I hope the photos will speak for themselves. Feel free to ask questions. :^)
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