Monday, November 14, 2011
Today it's grocery stores.
Brazil is becoming less and less of a third-world-type.
Even when we lived there in the early 1980's, south Brazil, though having much poverty, had much affluence as well. And the big cities had shopping malls, and huge grocery stores as well.
When we moved up north, though, near the equator to the state of Piaui, well, it was a whole 'nother world.
Getting groceries took the whole day.
Poultry and eggs were bought at one place.
Meat was bought at the meat market.
Bread at the bakery.
Soaps and other cleaning supplies, as well as toilet paper, were bought at another place.
Dairy products at another.
And fruits and vegetables at yet another.
In Piaui (at that time) we couldn't get lettuce, or green beans, or broccoli, or any other green vegetable, except cabbage.
I learned that there are numerous ways to serve cabbage, both cooked and raw.
Yes, I became a cabbage expert.
To this day when I see cabbage in the store, I feel as if I know something.
I just say all this to remind you (and me) that grocery stores should NOT BE TAKEN FOR GRANTED.
And if you ever hear me complaining about 'having to go grocery shopping', pull me aside and remind me of this post.