Our Weekly Grocery Shop

23 Jul

Reason for this post, on what would be a rather mundane subject otherwise: Grocery shopping can be classified in the category of ‘normal’  in The Land of Sand, just look and see.

Saturday marks the beginning of the work week in the Land of Sand. It is a strange concept to adjust to initially but one does, eventually. Anyhoo…it also marks the day we do our grocery shopping. We being Luka, myself, our friend Madele and over the holiday period her daughter Sune joins in the fun.

It is a quick, well-organised and swiftly executed affair, just how shopping for food supplies should be. Salaam fetches us at 9am and we are back home just after 10. I HATE grocery shopping and the quicker I can get it done, the better. I must also say that I am fully aware that there are many people in the world who would give their eye teeth to be able to shop for food and I am always grateful that we are able to buy whatever our heart and stomachs desire. However, it is my least favourite housewifey chore.

We dress in normal clothes, just like you:

and then we cover them up, unlike you

We drive in a car, just like you…except  of course that we have to book a driver to take us as we are not permitted to drive.

Our grocery store, Tamimi, is in a large air-conditioned mall, with ATM’s, helpful, friendly staff and plenty of people to assist if you need your trolley pushed to the car or groceries unpacked at the till point.

Our shops are filled with a wide array of foods, not always the same thing every week but certainly enough choice to ensure that we have variety and decent-quality produce.

Salaam even carries all our bags into our house for us when we get back. It would be safe to say that grocery shopping here is pretty similar to most countries I’ve been to and with just a few minor inconveniences, it’s all rather easy considering how difficult some other things can be.


2 Responses to “Our Weekly Grocery Shop”

  1. sarahnsh July 25, 2010 at 1:20 am #

    Love the before and after pictures, he looks so happy in the before and the after his face is like an ‘O.’ At least your driver helps you with bringing in groceries, I would think that’d be a plus.

    • dustbusting July 25, 2010 at 5:54 am #

      I never really noticed the change in Luka’s face in the two photo’s, you’re right though. I have to say abayas really don’t work well with little people. I always look so grubby after an outing with dusty feet and hand marks everywhere.

      Salaam, our driver, is an absolute darling. We love him.

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