What is a “Globus”, you ask? Globus kind of reminds me of a store in between a Walmart and a Super Target. You can find a lot of things at Globus but most people generally go there to do their grocery shopping. I like to go there and browse every single isle because it’s all just so interesting to me. Every time I go in there, they have really unique seasonal items up front when you walk in. This time when I went in, they had a massive display of Deutschland items and soccer paraphernalia. Needless to say, I stocked up on a ton of really cool German goodies.
One of the biggest things about shopping in Europe is that you almost always have to carry a euro coin with you in order to unlock the shopping cart for use. Think “Aldi” back in the states (which is a German store by the way). Anyway, Globus is the one rare exception to this rule because the shopping carts are all free to use, no coins needed. Technically, all carts are free to use because once you return it, your coin pops back out. However, if you forget to bring one, you’ll have to desperately scrounge around and somehow find a way to get change, or you’ll just have to go without. Another interesting fun fact worth mentioning about shopping carts here in Europe is that none of the wheels are locked in a forward facing position which allows you to glide the cart sideways as well. This was something that was a little hard to get used to when we first moved here (we kept accidentally drifting off to the sides) but now I seriously don’t understand why all shopping carts in the United States don’t do this. It really makes navigating the cart a whole lot easier (and fun 😉 ) .
The second thing that we have learned to do here in Europe is to carry reusable shopping bags with us everywhere we go. This took a whole lot of trial and error because we kept forgetting we needed to bring them with us when we first moved here. Even the shopping outlets/malls will charge you for use of their store bags so you have to remember to carry them at all times. Generally this fee is quite small though, starting out at about 20 to 30 cents (euro) per bag, however, some bags can get up to 1-3 euros depending on the size and quality you need. Those off days where I forget to bring my own bags along with me, a sense of failure and disappointment flows through my entire body as I pay for yet another reusable bag to add to my (quite large) collection I’ve been growing at home. So, because of this fact, I’ve learned to keep a variety of bags in my car and purse.
Below are some photos I snapped of my most recent trip to Globus. Next time, I think I’ll write a more detailed post about a few of the interesting products that they sell on their shelves. I’ve seen some quite extraordinary things in there.