I still can’t believe I’m considered an expat now. I honestly didn’t know of that word until I got more into blogging and found an ample amount of expat bloggers. There is such a great community of people and I hope to be able to get to know a lot of these people. Living away from home is tough, but an amazing experience, and it’s always great to have a support system that is going through the same things you are. I found this link up put on by Belinda and Bailie, asking questions about what it’s like to be living in your current location. I thought, “Why not give it a shot? This will be fun!”
1. What is your favorite food store in your city and why?
My local market is called Mrs. Smart. It’s super close, about an eight minute walk from my apartment. I think it’s super cute and I love being there. It makes me feel like a local. For some reason, I was really excited about being able to go shopping at a Japanese market. All my dreams have come true! (Okay, that was a little dramatic… Okay, not really).
2. For your answer to number 1 is it ok to buy the store brand items or do you pay extra for a name brand?
I don’t think the store is big enough to have it’s own brand. I usually just buy what I think looks good since I can’t really read most of the labels. I’m actually a little familiar with a lot of the products, since I would shop at Japanese/Asian markets a lot back at home. I’m able to gauge which are the sauces I want to buy, etc.
3. What do you think is the best way to get about your city? i.e. bus, bike, car, etc
Probably by car, but since I don’t have one, a bike is the fastest and easiest way. The city I live in is pretty spread out, so walking will take forever. It’s also extremely hot and humid, so the faster I can get to places, the better.
4. Which store do you turn to for basics like toilet paper or cleaning supplies?
We have a home goods store here, which is kind of like Target. As the name suggests, they have basically everything you would need for your home. The 100 Yen store is also super awesome. It’s about $1 for a lot of things. I can find soap, cleaning supplies, snacks, and sooo much more for only $1.
5. Where do you think is the best place in your city to get a cup of coffee (or beverage you prefer) and catch up with friends?
I haven’t been here for that long and have a lot of exploring to do. They have cute cafes around, which will be great places to hang out with friends.
Plus these questions from Emma, at Adventures of a London Kiwi:
6. What was your “eureka, I’m practically a native” moment?
I haven’t had that moment yet. I’ve only been living here for three weeks and I’m still in the process of getting used to living here. There are a lot of stores and restaurants I would like to explore here and I still haven’t taken any pictures yet! Ah!
7. Does your real accent get in the way?
Most definitely. I barely string together sentences in Japanese. I know I have a long way to go in order to be able to communicate with my co-workers. It also makes it harder since the area I’m in has their own dialect within a dialect.