Monday, January 9, 2012

Everything is an adventure

From buying groceries to finding an alternator for a car.

We got here on Saturday, right? On a holiday? Yes! Well, we needed some groceries and Andrea recommended Cost -U- Less, sort of a Costco store. The place was packed with people and there wasn't much fresh produce,.“Well, we are here,” we said and grabbed a couple of things and went to check out. Only four of six register were working, that wasn't enough for all the people shopping. The irony was that while we were struggling to find garlic, onions and fresh salad, they were filling their pushcarts with high fructose corn syrup beverages and gluten treats and snacks for their kids. I looked at all those Islanders, that for generations just ate fruits, veggies and what they could fish or hunt, and I got really concern about my little country and its beautiful and healthy diet. Just then I looked up to this sign hanged on the wall: “Help fight diabetes”.

It was a 30 minute wait in line, until they finally opened another register. It may not be a very good shopping experience for somebody coming from the US, but just looking at the “street theater”, the different cultures and listening to the dialects made that shopping experience a great adventure.

Since we didn't find everything we needed we had to go to other markets that were definitely more expensive. For example the Simply Orange juice, in the US would cost between 3 and 4 dollars, here it costs 7 to 8 dollars. Just when we got in the other markets we realized that all were almost in the same “veggies” situation, not a lot of them. When we got back home Andrea said: “Today is a holiday and not a good day for shopping and it's not until Tuesday when the produce arrives from the US”.

Anyway, we had a delightful dinner with great company.