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Sun Feb 01, 2009 9:17 pmFood.com Groupie
If Belguim is anything like Germany, you pretty much have to buy everything for your house. Fridge, cabinets, counters, sinks ect., Also most houses don't have closets either. I hope that gives you some idea. We lucked out and had a fully furinshed apartment including dishes, glasses and silverware, ect.
I can say leave your baking pans behind. The ovens are alot smaller than what is in the states. I had a hard time trying to cook a 10 lb turkey my first year over there (jokingly think easy bake oven size). You can bring over your cockpot, you'll just have to find a convertor for it. I'm not sure what stores Belgium has but they should have an Ikea close and I could pretty much find any kitchen item I wanted there. Also you can shop online which I did alot.
I hope kiwidutch will see this and beable to help you out some more. You will love, love, love Europe. I wasn't upset when I moved to Germany but I cried like crazy when I had to move back to the states. I still bug DH about trying to transfer back again. The best info I can give tho is this: if you buy food and the directions are in Dutch, French or German - just scan it in the computer, log on web, find a translation site and have it translate from one of the three to English.
One thing I did bring that helped me out alot was an oven themometer to help me figure out celsuis temps.
If I can think of other things I post again. I wish you all the luck and I really wish it could be me moving back over.
Sun Feb 01, 2009 9:22 pmNewbie "Fry Cook" Poster
Thank you so much...that was very helpful....the ironic part is , I lived in Germany for the first 8 years of my live, (am pretty fluent in German)...worked for Lufthansa for a few years and spent some time there....however in Brussels...they speak Flemish and French...non of which I'm familiar with.
However, knowing Germany and the states, I would like to be involved in the Belgium community and hope that Belgians are more inviting to foreigners then Germans are.
BTW..what country are you living in now? Also, did you work while you were there? How was the Expat community? Do you have Children? Did they go to school in Belgium? Sorry for all the question...just worried?
Sun Feb 01, 2009 11:04 pmFood.com Groupie
I'm back in South Carolina for now. My husband was a goverment contractor for the US Army while we lived over there. The US goverment wasn't every fond of hiring contractors wives (DH made to much money and work just about 7 days a week and at least 12hrs aday). Don't be scared about going out in town on your own. After I moved over, DH left a week later to go on a port (I think Belgium) for a month. I was left in a strange country, didn't speak German and didn't have any friends yet. I would leave the house and just start counting what turns I would make. If I didn't see any shops I'd turn the car around and count the turns backward until I got home. And just carry your address around with you until you know it. That way someone could point me in the right direction. But remember they will have great mass transit over there and I really miss it.
We lived in Mannheim (North Kafteral) and were really lucky with our landlord and our neighbors. Very body was pretty friendly. I didn't speak German really well but if I got lost or was stuck I usually had some poor German try to get me back on the track. But you have to know that there was about 10 US bases in about a 20 mile radius where we lived. The Germans just learned to deal with the Americans. I can say we did alot in the community. It felt like every month there was some sort of festival going on.
I don't have any kids just two small dogs we took with us. We did have friends over there that did have kids. Most of them went to the International school in Darmstadt, Germany (about 45 minutes from where we lived). I would think you would have one close to where your going to live. Don't worry about all the questions, I know what your going through and I only had two dogs to worry about. But then I do feel like they are my children. So ask away and I'll answer if I can help.
BWT will anybody at DH's company beable to answer any questions about the schools? If not, find out what town/city your going to move to you can start to research online. That did help me some and also our vet was a retired US Army officer that was stationed where we move to and that seemed to help eased my fears alot.
So please ask away and just give me sometime to get back to you in the next couple of days, I have a bunch of errands to run. If it makes you feel any better, I grew up a Marine Corps brat all my life and was use to moving around the states. When DH and I moved to Germany I didn't know what to do I had NEVER made a move overseas and I knew I had to leave alot of stuff behind. So please just ask and the people in this forum are great and so friendly.
I'm sending hugs your way to help make the move a little easier .
Mon Feb 02, 2009 4:06 amFood.com Groupie
Hi Chef 1152894 ,
I see that we are soon to be neighbours... an advance WELCOME to Europe !
if it were me personally, I wouldn't take any electrical appliances with you .. except for small stuff that you wouldn't be leaving unattended.
for me at least, Adaptors are the " second best way" to plug things in IMHO and if I wanted peace of mind to leave my crockpot on while I was out all day, or at night when I was sleeping then the adaptor would cause me more concern ( in any country) than the money it would cost to pick up a new one with the plug meant and made for the electrical system you were plugging it into.
In the Netherlands crockpots are hard to find.. BUT I know where so yes they are available... I would buy one here.
Mine was Euro 80,-- to give you a price idea.
You will find many many things different in Europe, but you have travelled so will be used to many things already.
If you are in a major city then maybe there are International Schools, but they will be expensive. I will Zaarmail you so that we can talk about that privately 'cos my kids attend a private school and I can let you know what to expect.
you are off to a flying start speaking German, you will find Flemish very very very different in some respects and rather familiar in others, any previous language training will help you catch on quicker.
My main tip is that the more you emerse yourself in a new country the more you will get back from it.
The learning curve is steep, settling in, especially the first year, but then it's so much easier. ... and even if you only have 10 words, USE them ! ..
...with a big smile and showing a willingness to try, people will bend over backwards to help you along and smooth your way. ( ok 99.9% of people LOL you will always find one idiot no matter the country) We apologise for them in advance
Main thing... keep your sense of humour and all things in perspective, and remember that you now have Zaar friends to help you translate your grocery items and ask questions of.. use that! we will try and make you feel at home as quickly as possible.
there's a good chance that one day DH and I will retire in New Zealand.. if/when that happens I already know now that I won't be taking my Dutch electrical goods with me becuase I simply wouldn't feel safe leaving something like a crockpot alone for so long with an adaptor.
Hope that helps! if you have more questions.. we are here, just ask
Mon Feb 02, 2009 4:10 amFood.com Groupie
I need you to please go to you zaar account page please and change the settings so that you can accept private zaar mails... I can't send one at the moment because I just get this:
Chef #1152894 is not accepting Private Messages
Thanks! then we can chat school details, yes?...
Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:46 pmNewbie "Fry Cook" Poster
I changed it so I can receive Zmail....however it states unless I upgrade to premium account, I can only replay to zmail not initiate.
Thank you so much for all of the information ...it has been really helpful though everything is sooo overwhelming
Yes we are looking at the private school thing...should be interesting..my kids have been public school kids all their lives (good public schools )
Tue Feb 03, 2009 1:28 amFood.com Groupie
LOL I know that you can only reply... that 's why I was initiating .. sent you a zaarmail now
Tue Feb 03, 2009 8:35 pmNewbie "Fry Cook" Poster
I am so sorry...but I think I'm technologically challenged. I got a Blackberry a few months ago and I lose e-mails all the time between that stupid thing and my actual computer. I cannot find your message!!! Would you be able to resend it to me with maybe subject line "Belgian Crockpots"...I will go in my search actual computer and be able to pull it out that way.
Between texting, cell phones, my computer and blackberry (we won't even talk about the remote tv/vcr/dvd etc controllers which I need my kids help for) I'm hoping life might get easier in Brussels, or else I'll have more time to learn how to navigate the electronic world
Tue Feb 03, 2009 8:41 pmNewbie "Fry Cook" Poster
Funny you should mention dog....I'm worried about my "Loving baby". 10 year old sheltie mix. I know France and Germany are pretty dog friendly...how about Brussels? any ideas? My kids are older teenagers, so I figure once they are settled, I'm on my own.
By the way...I loved your idea of driving...making so many turns and if nothing showed up, turning around. That sounds like me when I get lost...... I look at my odometer and say....1-3 miles (depending where I'm at) and I'll turn around....I'm figuring I'll probably do that with tram and bus runs should be fairly safe if I run into a rough area but I'm on the bus.
and you are positively right people on this site are extremely friendly and helpful
Sat Feb 07, 2009 6:31 amFood.com Groupie
I lived in Germany and Switzerland for six years. Since I knew before moving overseas that I would be there for a limited time and since my company was paying for my move, I found it cheaper to buy several transformers on which to use my 110/115 volt electronics and appliances rather than making a significant investment in buying all new equipment. Before moving overseas, I purchased transformers and plug adapters from: http://www.eastwestintl.com/. Of course, if you are moving to Europe for the longterm it is probably better to buy 220 volt and not hassle with the transformers. They also sell 220 volt electronics and appliances, including slow cookers. http://www.eastwestintl.com/showprod.asp?catid=65 From my experience, electronics and appliances can be much more expensive in Europe compared to what you find in the US, but it varies widely from product to product. P.S. I even bought a cheap refrigerator from Home Depot to be shipped with my household goods and ran it off of a transformer...because European refrigerators are so small and I didn't have time to go to the grocery store daily as the locals do. That was the best thing I did in preparing for my time living abroad.
Thu Mar 05, 2009 12:14 pmForum Host
First of all WELCOME to BELGIUM!
You don't have to worry about integrating it Belgium, you should be really fine. Especially if you do some efforts to learn Dutch or French people will be very happy to help you.
I'm not sure about appliances, but you should be able to get almost any appliance in Belgium. I have a crockpot that I bought here. You can order it in any good appliance store that sells Kenwood.
Then about schools, we have an excellent school system in Europe and in most schools there is extra help for pupils coming from another country. So IMHO it's not really necessary to look for a private school. 90 % of the schools are public schools in Belgium, so you get a good selection out of those.
Where will you exactly going to live (Brussels is kind of big). I live in Oostkamp near Bruges. I'm always willing to help you out if you face any problems in Belgium.
Just let me know.
Sun Mar 08, 2009 4:01 amFood.com Groupie
WOW, I can't believe this thread is still going...I have since bought a crockpot here from a company called Bartscher... It is a 6.5L crocky with a Low, high, and warm setting. Good quality, and with shipping, 43 Euros.
I highly recommend:
Mom's Roast Beef
And tonight I am making:
Mexican Style Brisket
Photos will be added for the Brisket tonight )
I have also enjoyed a cola roast recipe with it:
Pepsi Pork Roast
And this pork one:
Overnight Slow Roasted Pork
I have only had it for a month:() and I only use it on Sundays mostly...[/recipe]
Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:26 amFood.com Groupie
Very happy for you that you finally have your crockpot TJW !!
I am now living in England and because its easy to buy crockpots here I am thinking of buying the larger one too...the one I have is a 3 liter. I especially like my crockpot for making stock...it makes it soooo easy and its very rewarding.
Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:19 amFood.com Groupie
Yeah, it is very nice to have one around indeed! I am thinking of getting a smaller one for the just the two of us occasions. The 6.5L does smaller meals way too fast, so I usually make enough for an army, and thus I have a ton of frozen meat in my freezer for those weeknights!
Fri Apr 10, 2009 6:12 pmRegular "Line Cook" Poster
Hi, I live in Denmark and they are unknown here. I ordered one from the UK, finding it on the internet. Shipping was also not a problem and I bought a large size one. You will have to have an adapter for plug difference, but this was not a problem, I just went to big electronic supply store and they had them in stock.
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