Archive for September, 2006

Things to buy in Israel if you live in Germany

I haven’t posted in a while, the reason is that I’m not quite in Hamburg, rather in Israel at the moment, visiting my lovely parents for the holidays and my mother has her birthday coming up as well. Israel at the moment is much hotter than I expected it to be. I expected it to be somewhere in the late 20’s, only to eventally find out that it’s more in the mid 30’s. It’s hot, sticky, humid, and the entire center of the city of Herzlia has turned into two kilometers of construction site. Another perk to the punch, it turns out that a good 50% of my friends here are out of the country, most being in the US, Austria, and even Germany. But don’t get me wrong, I love it here! I feel at home in Israel and very comfortable. It’s nice to meet up with old pals and coworkers, to have someone to talk to. In Germany, I do most of my talking to a computer screen.

So! So far I’ve manage to get quite a lot in – have met some friends (those of which have decided to stay in the country over the holidays), met family, have overslept and more than one occasion. I think one of the most exciting things about being in another country, though, and I’m not going to lie, is the shopping. Buying things you know you won’t be able to purchase where you’re currently living, or the country you’re visiting has them for vastly lower prices. So I stocked up on some Ahava Mineral Hand Cream (for about $12 less than your regular retailer sells it for), products by St. Ives, Orly nail polishes (which have been my favorite nail polish brand for years) and even my favorite toothpaste.

It’s funny how, when I first moved to Germany from Israel, I was overwhelmed by low prices, products, etc. And now, there are so many things I either grew up with (such as Orly polishes and Aquafresh toothpaste) or recently made their debut in Israel and I remember them from the time I lived in the US (such as St. Ives) and I haven’t yet found a German equilivent for. Not to mention Israeli brands like Ahava, which cost much more overseas, or brands like Crema, which are just not found outside of Israel (who manufacture what has become my staple curl cream).

Or as my boyfriend mentioned yesterday, “50% of the money we have spent in Israel since we’ve arrived, has been spent in the drugstore”. I can’t argue. I’ll write up a post next week of things we’ve done during our stay here, since not many people are honetly interested in my shopping habits, but in the meantime I’m just so caught up in the whirlwind which is Israel, that I wouldn’t know where to start.

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