What I wish I would have brought:
1. baking powder & baking soda -I am a glass half full person. I assumed I would master the art of German cooking in no time and not need American Baking Powder. If I did have a problem, magical German baking gartenzwergs would come to my rescue. I am now a glass half empty person. Baking powder here is single reactive not double reactive like in the States and I can't even make a pancake to save my life.
2. more scarves - Cliff at Regensblog had this to say about Germans and their scarves, "Put on a scarf as soon as the sun is partially obscured by the suggestion of a cloud."
3. boots - my boots took up too much room and I had a fantasy that I would get "cool European boots." However, take away one's salary and add one toddler who hates shopping and with no babysitter and store hours that close early and hence I only have one pair of boots with me.
4. more winter stuff - When I was a glass full person, I thought the weather here was going to be similar to Seattle. I don't know why I thought that. However, I have since learned that my Arc'teryx fleece (as cool as that was in Seattle!), no gloves and hat is not going to cut it.
5. shoes I can walk in AND are cute- I am used to getting in my car and not having to walk anywhere. However, in Europe, I walk everywhere OR to the train station to get everywhere. I only have cute shoes - not cute, functional shoes I can walk in for long periods of time.
6. Water bottle - why did I leave my water bottle at home? Your guess is as good as mine.
7. English books- Sure I can buy English books here but the main book store is in Prenzlauer Berg - 45 min away and the English books are expensive!
8. Snore Strips - The Scientist wakes me up in the middle of the night when these are not on when he has a cold/sinus issues. They have them here but they are 7 Euros for 10 which is 4X the cost in the US! And you have to ask behind the counter at the Apotheke (pharmacy) because one only knows what one would do to put oneself in danger if they were not regulated.
9. Men & Women's antiperspirant - Spray deodorant is wayyyy too common here for my liking. Yuk!!!
10. Purplish red hair dye - because if you can't beat them, join them! (This isn't the best picture of it but her hair was bright purple!)
UPDATE: I am also going to add chili powder, taco seasoning, cheese cloth, BBQ sauce, pie plates, craisins, vanilla (to tie me over till I can make some) and kids pajamas. (They seem so expensive and not very comfortable here!)
What I wish I would NOT have brought:
1. shorts - The Germans only wear shorts when it is REALLY hot outside and in Berlin that constitutes .00001% of the days in a year.
2. Pants that ripped the first time I wore them and not because I put on the Expat 15 but more like Gap outlet shoddy stitching.
Any other tips? If other expats want to write about this, commment below what you would have brought ot NOT brought OR put a link in comments if you blog about it and I will post it on my blog!
Note: I don't want any emails telling me I can find baking soda in boxes at Galarie Kaufhof or KaDeWe. Do I seem like I want to buy an incredibly small box of baking soda for 15Euros? I know you can find everything in Germany but affording it in Germany is a completely different story!
Note #2: I also would have had much better luck if I did not have a little 2 year old who accompanies me everywhere and wants to