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At the weekend, I went on a little excursion to buy the many things I forgot to pack or never had* but suddenly discovered I really needed. As you can see, it was a mixed bag of stuff, so I’d looked up a variety of shops to get everything. But in the end I just needed to go to this one place, HEMA. It’s brilliant! It’s like a department store, it has EVERYTHING you ever need, but just it’s own brand, and it’s just the size of a normal shop. Cheap too – all of this was 30€**! It will be my first stop for all my random household needs in the future.

Please excuse the somewhat pointless and awkwardly placed writing. I discovered how to download fonts, and i really wanted to use them. If I had known I was going to stick text on the images, I would have taken the photos differently, and everything wouldn’t be so squeezed in the corner.

* surprisingly, despite coming from Scotland, I didn’t have a packable umbrella. Edinburgh is too windy, and after the wind ruined three of them, I stopped replacing them.
** it totally just found the euro sign for the first time now. I’m gonna need it I suppose.

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  • Ariane 14 March 2012, 9:28 am

    Hi Franca!

    Your adventure reminds me when i moved to Gremany in the 80’s
    So much fun discovering a new town!
    Europe is expensive i think you could have all your items you bought for about 20$ here.

    Prends soin de toi!

    Ariane xxxxx
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  • Charlie 14 March 2012, 10:13 am

    Hi Franca,

    haha, so glad you discovered HEMA! It’s my favorite store 🙂 The card you bought is from the Dutch children’s books “Jip&Janneke” written by Annie MG Schmidt and illustrated by Fiep Westendorp. (The cat is called Siepie.)

    Hope you enjoy your stay in Brussels (and your visits to HEMA)!


  • Daisy 14 March 2012, 10:26 am

    Fun fact about the euro sign: we Flemish put it in front of the number, while the French speakers put it behind. It’s a crazy country we have indeed. 🙂

  • superheidi 14 March 2012, 3:31 pm

    ah… Hema… the only thing I missed quite a lot when I lived abroad. 🙂 great hoisery also
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  • poet 14 March 2012, 5:11 pm

    Stylish stuff! I have to admit I have no idea where the Euro sign is on my American keyboard layout, or if it’s there at all. I suppose it must be on the German layout that I’m not using…
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  • Lori Lynn 14 March 2012, 6:51 pm

    I love that umbrella! SO cute! I feel like I am always buying umbrellas because i forget them at home or lose them!!!!! Xo Lori
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  • Alexandra Thérèse 14 March 2012, 9:54 pm

    It must be so strange for you having to buy all of these “new home” items. Glad that this Hema shop has made it easier for you anyway! x
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  • Fabienne 15 March 2012, 5:26 pm

    Recently discovered Hema in Luxembourg and I love it, everything is pretty and cute and quite cheap indeed!