Sunday, June 20, 2010

A semi Wal-Mart experience in Germany

A few expats living in The Netherlands kept telling me to visit a German store called "Real". I guess when Wal-Mart went out of business, this store took over. I was finally able to go yesterday to see for myself. I snapped some photos with my husbands cell phone so please excuse the blurry photo at the top. Although I always say I miss Wal-Mart and Target and wished they were here..it wouldn't do me much good since they would only sell items based on what is popular here..not back home. The store had a little bit of everything.
I spotted packages of "American Mega Burger Buns". I laughed because they are just the regular sized ones you buy back home..but when I see the teenie ones they sell here I can see why they added the mega part to it.
 Here is the produce section. I didn't snap photos of everything because I don't like it when I have people in my photos. I wouldn't want to show up on someone's blog so I do my best not to randomly snap pictures of people in it.
   How about some hard boiled eggs dyed to look like soccer balls? They also came in the German flag colors aswell.
   Here is one section of the frozen food/meat area
     Here is another shot of it. You know what I notice the most? Germans look alot like Americans..or we look alot like them:) They hate to hear it but it's true(not all of them hate to hear it:). 
 How about some Simpson's Toffee Popcorn? Overall it was a nice store to visit and I will probably go back again at some point. I hope all the Dad's out there have a Happy Father's Day. Head on over to Unknown Mami to see what everone else is up to this sunday! 

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26 comments:

Life with Kaishon said...

: ) So funny! German people look like us. Or we look like them. Either or : )

Hope you have a happy fathers day with your family Sonya!

LOVE the soccer ball eggs. So fun!

Tammy said...

I hope you bought some buns for the BBQ :P

Lynn said...

Soccer ball eggs? They really get into the spirit. It's refreshing to see a store that's taken over WalMart, I think! Saying that, I would miss the late hours and cheap lunch items WalMart offers. Thanks for sharing a bit of your world!

May said...

Looks like you got into a big store there. We do not have anything as big as that in this little village. And I do get those American burger buns once in a while to have with minced meat !!!:-)

lytha said...

UGH - real. i hate that place. but i had a really bad first real experience - i had to pay to park. i think being forced to pay to park as you shop for groceries is nasty and i won't forgive them for this!

i did see american items - not cool ones like simpsons corn though!

so real (pronounced ray-al, but you know that) is the big walmart of germany, but they still don't hold a candle to what i expect out of a grocery store.

ok i just can't get over the pay parking!!

i'll have to try to find a real out here (not wuppertal) and see if they make me pay again.

now in 10 days i'm hoping to be in holland again for a few hours. can you guess why?

~lytha

Adoption of Jane said...

That store rocks! Love the Soccer eggs!

Raymonde said...

Thank you for sharing your town with us. Hope the shopping trip helped a bit with the homesickness.

I know what you mean about Germans looking like Americans! It is funny.

Have a super Father's Day Sunday. xxx

Lizzy said...

Oooh, I could spend a few hours in there! Hope you and your family are having a great Father's Day!

Sonya said...

Lytha I cant believe you had to pay to park! I didn't. Atleast germany has larger stores..the stores here in the netherlands are always small..Ikea is the biggest store here.

Uhmm...Are u coming for the new Twilight movie? lol thats the only thing I can think of..lol

Raymonde..I am actually from the netherlands but I'm 10 mins from the german borse so I go there alot:)

Unknown Mami said...

I can't get over the hard boiled eggs that look like soccer balls. Do people really buy them? They must.

Joy said...

I'm always fascinated by the grocery shopping in lands far away. I've noticed that Europeans (at least Italians) frown on touching produce. Something I'd never thought of at home, then thought "oh I guess that is kinda gross to touch fruit someone else is going to eat."

Candee said...

I love Real! The prices of pop there is so much cheaper than here in NL, also Lenor (fabric softener I use). You really have to know the price of things to know what is cheaper. Alcohol is really cheap but their prices were just increased so they are not as cheap as they used to be (still much cheaper than in NL and extremely cheap compared to north America). Chips are expensive and they don't have much of a selection.
I plan to go in a few weeks and I can't wait. The city I go to (Bocholt) is super cute - I love going into the city to look around.

Frau said...

Love it I used to shop there when my friend from Georgia lived here and she had a car. It's too far from my house to go by bike. Love the eggs too funny! Hope your hubby had a nice fathers day!

Multiple personalities.. said...

Very cool store! I'm a little surprised that Wal-Mart actually didn't do well there, considering they are just giants here in the U.S. I had to laugh at the mega buns though, he he! Thanks for sharing SIMC with me, it's always great to see you every week! :-D

MaryBeth said...

This made me laugh also....I wish I could see it for myself.

Erin said...

Oh those eggs are so funny! Even disguised as soccer balls I still wouldn't eat them! LOL

Joanna Jenkins said...

The soccer ball eggs are a riot! I've never seen anything like that before!

Thanks for sharing your shopping experience with us. It reminds me of Costco here-- where I always spend too much money and buy way more stuff than I need.

Happy SIMC
jj

Rebecca said...

Love the soccer ball eggs. Creative!

Traci said...

I love the soccer eggs. Classic!
:-)
Traci

Marla said...

What a fun post! Love the soccer ball eggs.

Peterson Family said...

No Target? No Wal-Mart? Wow! I wouldn't know what to do!

Shelle said...

i loved going into stores in different countries. gotta love the advantage of marketing. it's so nice & clean!

Christine Forest, M.D. said...

You are so right: supermarkets are a true cultural experience. Every time I travel and I arrive in a new city, I start checking their food stores or their local markets. They are always so exotic, filled with new things to my tourist's eye.

BLOGitse said...

I think it's good to have local shops instead of mega chain stores, similar in every country. It's always an adventure to look for local products similar what you eat/need at home country but soon notice how you can survive...
Burger bread is nothing but bad energy so it's good they are small in Europe.
In US overweight is a huge problem and one reason is far too big portions of food and especially white flour and sugar...
Sorry I'm boring...
But I hope you have a great week ahead! :)

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Candee said...

I agree with BLOGitse. I love shopping. Here in Holland I can go to any city I want and experience different stores (with exception of a few small chains). When I go back to Canada - I shop in one city because city hoping has no use - all the stores are the same - same products and usually even the same layouts. Gets boring!

MissNeriss said...

Oh Lord! Look at that frozen food section!! I gotta go to Germany more often. If only the Other Half was also as dissatisfied with the AH as I am! Thanks for opening my eyes!