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WanderSnacks July

Every month we dispatch our WanderSnacks boxes delivering a slice of home to wandering Brits. Once each box is dispatched our subscribers complete the Rate my Box survey and we produce a thorough review detailing box content, subscriber preferences and ideas for the future. See what Wanderers thought of our latest box below.  

What’s in the Box? 

  1. 5 x Yorkshire Gold Tea bags
  2. Warbatons Crumpets
  3. McCoy’s Salt and Vinegar Crisps
  4. Monster Munch
  5. 4 x Cadbury’s Flake bars (or Twirls)
  6. Fox’s Custard Cream Biscuits
  7. Bisto Gravy pot
  8. Yorkshire Pudding/Pancake mix
  9. 3 x Flapjacks
  10. Fudgeridoo’s Clotted Cream fudge (or Little Fudge Box Vanilla Fudge)
  11. Fudgeridoo Pick ‘n’ Mix
  12. Fudgeridoo Stick of Rock
  13. Galaxy Caramel
  14. 2 x Dairy Milk Oreo bars
  15. 2 x Refreshers Strawberry Flavour
  16. 3 x Mini Love Hearts
  17. Rainbow Drops

Performance

  • Satisfaction rating: 4.2/5
  • Most popular item: Crumpets  
  • Recommendation rating: 84%
  • Enjoyment: 90% 
  • Leading competitor's nearest price inc P&P:  16/17 similar items found @ £39.68(12/07/20)
  • Most used word: Personalised



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Wanderers Said

"A Great selection, with more individual items than I had expected. I loved the pick and mix, and the crumpets!"
"Securely packed, loved the individual name tag and the crumpets made me happy. Did feel nostalgic with the mix"
"Crumpets, crisps and chocolate!! Husband particularly enjoyed the Flapjacks. (laughing emoji)"
"Liked everything. Great selection"

A Decent Cup of Tea Review

This month we are delighted to be included in the German blog about English foods called "A Decent Cup of Tea" . If you are blessed in being able to speak German or are learning, this blog is great fun to read. You can see a full review of our WanderSnacks July box on the following link: Read our Review

What you loved

  • You really really loved the crumpets
  • Personalised name tags
  • Packaging and Presentation
  • Great selection of items
  • Good Service

Improvements for next month

  • Less sweets
  • A few more savoury items
  • A fragile label on the box
  • More Biscuits
  • More Chocolate

Ideas for the Future

  • A 'hate box' where subscribers can declare items they really really don't like. - In the mean time, feel free to email us 2 or 3 of your hated items and we'll do our best to keep these out of your box. 
  • Packaging changes - balancing environmental concerns against presentation and protective packaging for transport will take some time. We hope to move towards WB branded boxes and offering lower packaging alternatives. 
  • Offering one off gift boxes, free from subscriptions.
  • Offering different types of boxes and special boxes e.g. offering savory boxes, sweet boxes and healthy boxes
  • Customising box content.
  • Including drinks
  • Callum’s Year in Munich

    Finding a placement abroad while juggling second year at uni was more of a slog than I expected, but it ended up being an interesting experience overall. I was employed as an intern at a tiny agency (5 full/part time staff) for au pairs in a small town called Freising, not far from Munich airport.

    I had a Skype interview with the manager who explained what the job would involve and we agreed on a contract. The pay was less than exciting but I was glad to have landed something near a big city (I had actually already visited Munich before and really enjoyed the vibe). She also gave me contact details for a local landlady, so I was able to arrange a place to stay before booking flights and heading out ready to make a new start.

    Landing in Germany wasn’t a completely new experience but the idea of it being my new home for the next year definitely sparked a bit of trepidation alongside the excitement. But I was committed to giving it a good go and getting what I could from it.

    The landlady kindly agreed to collect me from the airport but due to delays and some initial confusion (she had an extremely thick Bavarian accent, complete with colloquial words I had never even heard of), I ended up getting a cab to my new place. On arrival, I realised my room was not actually a room, but an old garage converted into a living space, complete with a bed, sofa, hot plate and even a toilet. The kitchen and bathroom upstairs were used communally. It was quite a different setup to what I had envisioned but the rent was cheap and I was given some cake, so I soon came around.

    I arrived a few days before I was due to start work so I made contact with family to let them know I was in one piece (using the Ethernet cable that dangled down from the ceiling connected to the router upstairs in the actual house) and then explored the town a bit.

    There was a high street full of bars and restaurants with a big open square which helped put me at ease.

    Then of course the work had to start. The business I worked for deals with placing young German adults with host families all over the world and finding suitable hosts for au pairs coming from abroad. It was my job as an English native speaker to check through applications for approval - mainly introductory letters to potential families, official documents and references. This involved contacting individuals by email or phone to verify their information about a candidate’s childcare experience. Highlights from conversations range from not being understood whatsoever to the contact only responding in broken English and declining to speak German, although I did point out I could manage.

    It was tough and a bit awkward for the first week, but I powered through and became more and more confident talking to people. Besides this, I would keep myself busy with whatever needed doing around the office and head off at lunch to different places for a walk and something interesting to eat (proper German Döner is brilliant).

    Outside of work, Munich city centre was a 30 minute train ride and from there you have a host of possibilities in all directions – bars, food halls, churches, department stores and markets, to name a few. I spent countless Saturdays there and could continue to. The beer and food is simple, but in my opinion it is done so well that some of the varieties on offer are the best I’ve ever sampled. Plus there was almost always a lively atmosphere day or night. The English Garden is a must if you’re anywhere nearby (surfing in the middle of a city) and Tegernsee is around an hour by train for some of the best lake/mountain scenes I’ve visited. Also within a day’s travel is Dachau, another worthwhile experience.

    My personal highlight was visiting Oktoberfest – it really is as much fun as it looks, and despite all of the beer, not a rowdy or unsafe experience. Just good beverages, fun people and leather trousers.

    Placement year felt like a huge amount of new places, people, and experiences in a very short amount of time. No doubt you will at some points feel overwhelmed but there is so much you can get from throwing yourself into all of the situations that present themselves. I would fully recommend it.

    If you enjoyed reading Callum's story, let us know in the comment section below.  Thanks for sharing your story Callum. 

    Copenhagen on a Budget

    It is no secret that Copenhagen is one of the most expensive cities in Europe. As a Uni student, with limited funds and used to dealing in pounds and euros, I felt quite overwhelmed when I arrived on an early morning flight into the city – tired, sweaty (it was during a heat wave) and struggling to wrap my head around the Danish Krone. After whipping out our conversion apps in front of countless restaurant signs, my friends and I quickly became alarmed at the prices. But once we got over the initial shock of the exchange rate, we found that it was not too difficult to do on a budget, and in fact we actually had a better, more authentic experience for it.

    The Danes are some of the friendliest and most helpful people in any city I have come across. Countless times were we speculating about directions or discussing the food or attractions we wanted to experience when we were overheard and helped by a passer-by. 

    Now I am the first to admit that I am a bit of a princess when I travel abroad, with expensive taste and a keenness to try the best cuisine and experience the most attractions possible, but despite going on a restrictive budget, Copenhagen was one of the best city breaks I’ve ever been on. Here is my guide to doing Copenhagen on a budget.

    Food

    As we stayed outside the city and next to a large mall, we managed to do breakfast pretty easily, grabbing a yoghurt and a pastry from the supermarket and getting a coffee once we reached the city.

    For lunch, we found ourselves returning again and again to Torvehallerne, a large, covered market with two halls offering a range of different eateries. There was plenty of choice for veggies and vegans and lots of traditional Danish foods on offer, as well as delicious bakeries, fresh fruit and vegetable stalls and independent food and beverage start-ups, perfect for souvenirs. Laura’s Bakery was a firm favourite, offering the best cinnamon rolls we had ever tasted (we must have had about five each on our three day trip…).

    For dinner, some of the best food can be found in Copenhagen’s street food markets. Set up in an old shipyard, Reffen is where you will find organic, locally sourced food from innovative start-ups who work with reusable materials to reduce waste as far as possible. The Bridge Street Kitchen across The Inner Harbour Bridge is a smaller market, but offers beautiful views of the harbour while you eat. And if you’re wanting to treat yourself to a proper sit down meal, I would thoroughly recommend Fiskekutteren HM800 Jammerbugt – a little boat in Nyhavn which sells freshly caught fish, to be eaten with stunning views on the top deck. At around €15, we thought this was fantastic value for money.

    In terms of drinking water, the streets are filled with water fountains and even water from bathroom sinks is generally safe to drink. Environmentalists will rejoice as plastic bottles can be recycled in most supermarkets and they will give you back the equivalent of 10p for it. A lot of the homeless in the city will collect up the waste, asking you for your empty bottles which they can exchange for money.

    Travel

    Even if, like me, you are quite terrified at the mere thought of getting on a bike, you will find yourself tempted by the stacks of bikes at food markets, drinks bars and all over the city. In Copenhagen, we were told, cyclists are more respected on the road than cars and indeed, cyclists have their own lanes on every road. They have their own traffic lights, and vehicles are overly cautious of their presence on the roads – we got beeped once by a bus driver who, obviously sensing our inexperience, thought we were about to cycle forward at a red light. I was therefore much more willing to get on a bike than I would have been in the UK, although it did take a while for the initial panic to subside!

    For as little as 25 DKK (around £3 at time of writing) an hour, you can get around on one of the public bike shares, docked all around the city, which is arguably the best way to experience Copenhagen. For 70 DKK (around £8.50), you can get free half-hour journeys for a month, which is great value even if you are only there for few days. Cycling down to see The Little Mermaid in the early evening was such a wonderful experience, allowing us to get an idea of the city whilst making our way to one of its major (albeit, a little anticlimactic) tourist destinations.

    If cycling isn’t for you, most of the city can be seen on foot – it just takes a little longer.

    The city also offers two City Pass options, large and small. The small city pass covers travel from the airport into the city and around the city, whilst the large one covers the greater Copenhagen area. Each are available for 24, 48, 72, 96 and 120 hours, and you can plan your trip around when you think you are most likely to need the public transport. Prices start at 80 DKK for 24 hours, and cover travel on buses, trains and the metro.

    Attractions

    Even better than the city pass is the Copenhagen Card, offering you all the travel perks of the regular pass but with free entry to a range of attractions. With this one card, you receive free admission for canal tours, museums, castles, churches, Copenhagen Zoo and The Blue Planet. At 619 DKK (around £75) for 48 hours, it is a bit of an eye-watering price to pay upfront when on a budget, but definitely worth it. 48 hours is all you need to cram in the city’s best attractions, and that is your travel and entertainment paid for in one swoop – all that’s left for you to pay for is food.

    The card also allows you free admission to Tivoli, the second oldest amusement park in the world and one of the most popular in Europe. However, it is important to note that the card only allows admission – all of the rides have to be paid for once inside, or a separate card has to be bought allowing unlimited access to all rides. I would say it is still worth a visit even without the rides, however – the fairy tale atmosphere is said to have inspired Walt Disney with his own infamous theme park, and it truly is an experience not to be missed. And if you go at the very end of the trip, maybe you’ll be able to use up the last of your krone getting on the rides!

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