Liv Hambrett

Germany + Australia + Culture + Motherhood + Home

Travel + Life Abroad

Pros of Living in Europe*

* from an Antipodean’s perspective. And when I say Europe, I am, of course, largely referring to the aforementioned city in the North Rhine-Westphalia I currently inhabit …

NB: the list shall, of course, like What I Know About Germans, be updated as inspiration strikes.

– You can buy quite decent wine,  incredibly cheaply. In the supermarket. Yes, friends, you can spend the equivalent of $3.50 on a bottle of red wine and not want to cut out your tongue every time you sip it. You can, actually, spend the equivalent of $3.50 on a bottle of red wine and enjoy it, because it’s quite good. 

– Delicious brie is also cheap.

– You can take your coffee and stroll through a Baroque church garden … or sip it admiring the spire of a Gothic church.

– It takes no time at all, and no great sum of money, to reach another country vastly different from the one you left behind.

– The radio is full of Scandinavian pop.

 – As an Antipodean, you are always a novelty. (When I get around to writing a cons list,  this may very well also feature. Or at least the greater disease that produces the symptom of being a novelty, which is 98% of the world have absolutely no idea what Australia is actually about.)


  1. Robby

    7 November, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    I wish I was European. I have a strange obsession. Now that I have read this, though, it is not so strange.

    1. Liv

      11 November, 2010 at 11:10 pm

      Oh be obssessed … I have an obssession with England. I’m going to have to live there at some point.

  2. eric

    10 November, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    I get something similar (perhaps) as a Canadian… The novelty value, I mean. Although it’s only after I clear up that I’m not actually from the USA. “Oohhhhh, Canada. That’s so far away!” And then usually a discussion about trees, mountains, bears, beavers and maple syrup follows… and also “WHY of all places Münster???”

    1. Liv

      11 November, 2010 at 11:05 pm

      Yes! Always ‘and why are you here … in Muenster …’ as if wanting to live in a beautiful city full of architecture, culture and students, a stone’s throw from Holland with an excellent bus system IS WEIRD …

      Top Responses to ‘Ich komme aus Australien …’

      – Ohhhh … long way away … very long … too long …
      – Ohhhh kangaroos …
      – Ohhhh why are you HERE …
      – Ohhhh … AusTRAlia (the emphasis must mean something)

      Top General Responses

      – Ohhhh … G’day
      – Ohhhh … kangaroos
      – Ohhhh … throw a shrimp on the barbie
      – Ohhhh do you watch Home & Away?

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