It's Better to Travel than Arrive?

"To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive"

Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque, 1881.

"Robert Louis Stevenson speaks utter tosh and has

obviously never flown long haul economy class"

Kristy, first ever blog post, 2011.

Friday, January 25, 2013

How Much Would You Pay?

As you all know, we headed to Australia for Christmas and the New Year.  Each time I go back to Australia I can't help but notice how incredibly expensive everything is - it really is madness.  I remember when I was growing up that Europe had mad prices and Australia was so cheap, it's really turned around now.

After hitting up Coles and Woolies in Australia, my bag of groceries at Kaufland last week seemed really affordable to me, and I wonder if you guys think what I bought seems cheap or expensive (depending on where you live).

For €21.95 (US$29.22, AUD$27.18, UK£18.45) I purchased the following:-

  • 500ml Cream
  • 500gm Risotto Rice
  • 500gm Risotto Rice (different brand)
  • Wedge of Grana Padano Parmesan cheese
  • 400gm Brown Champignons
  • 4 x Lemons
  • 1 x Bread Roll
  • 400gm Turkey Breast
  • 150gm Creme Fraiche (sour cream)
  • 250gm Irish Butter
  • 250gm French Butter
  • 1 x Box Baking Soda
  • 500gm Raw Sugar

What do you think - a deal or a steal?

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  1. Considering the prices in Athens I think it was a deal. Where do you live? How much would you pay for this stuff in your country?

  2. I live in Germany, and that's where I bought it all and that's how much I paid. I hear that things are very expensive in Athens now. Thanks for commenting!

  3. Things are very expensive for the Greeks because the salaries and pensions are reduced now. I don't think that other people would find the country expensive. On the other hand, one thing I did not consider was the brand name of the things you got. In Athens for example there are supermarkets like Carrefour or Lidl where you can find very cheap things. However, as I prefer other supermarket chains where I can find local products I am sure I would pay more. However, the quality would be supreme. We have to consider both price and quality if we want to be precise. Unfortunately, the thing we don't know when we travel is which products are of good quality. But after two or three visits in a supermarket you can start telling the difference.

  4. We have Lidl and Aldi here and you can get very cheap groceries there, but this basket of groceries came from an average supermarket, Kaufland. Have a great day in Athens.

  5. I think that we would've paid $45-50 for that here in Adelaide (Australia), so I would consider this a steal!

    1. I thought it'd be about double the price in Australia - everything there seems breathtakingly priced now. Miss you guys!


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