Anyone that lives outside of their home country knows that trips back home means shopping for all of the things that you have missed and/or are not available in your country of residence. Here is [part of] my U.S. shopping list for my trip to Chicago next week:
Whitening products are extremely rare in Germany, and Crest Whitestrips in particular are nonexistent. So, these are always a must-buy whenever Marco and I travel to the U.S.
Carrot Cake Mix
As a kid, my birthday cakes were always carrot. I never actually missed carrot cake since I have been living in Germany, but after purchasing something called Möhrenkuchen (carrot cake) at a German bakery recently and being incredibly disappointed with how dissimilar it was to American carrot cakes, I have a serious craving.
Ever since I brought a ridiculous amount of Yankee Candles home in my Christmas USA haul, I have become addicted. Marco is concerned that breathing in all the fumes isn’t particularly good for the health, but I just love having nice warm scents swirling throughout our apartment all the time. Also, Yankee Candles are available in Germany (I have ordered them online from here
, and see them occassionally in Müller), but they are much more expensive. So, we will definitely be bringing back a few votives.
Salty popcorn is very difficult to find in Germany (the Germans like their popcorn sweet). I do find salty microwave popcorn occasionally, but my source is not very realiable. Therefore, I would like to pick up at least one box when I am at home (maybe with movie theater butter… mmm). I have also begun just making it on the stove with plain popcorn seeds, but it always seems to be missing something (even after adding lots of butter and salt). So, I think I will also pick up some kind of popcorn seasoning. Oh, I also need a bag of cheese popcorn!
Instead of a liquid extract, it is most common to use a sugar that is infused with vanilla aroma when baking in Germany (unless you are hardcore and buy the actual vanilla pods). Since I have been getting a little more into baking lately, I am thinking about bringing a small bottle of vanilla extract back with me.
Peanut Butter Candy
This one is so obvious for my friends, family, and frequent readers of my blog that I don’t even think it is necessary to say more.
Fellow expats: what do you always purchase when you visit your home country?
Non-expats: what would you miss most if you moved abroad?