We had a couple of RAINY days in Dallas. One morning the electricity went out. So wonderful to be able to get things done…like lunch with a friend and grocery shopping. Both very much needed! Well, I try to be the queen of efficiency…in many ways. One of those is with my time. One of those is budgeting my money. WELL…I was in luck. I had a few minutes to spare on my way to Jen’s and there was a grocery store right across from the bank where I just withdrew this weeks grocery money allowance:)
Yep…read it and weep! It is a Mexican Grocery Store!
Thought #1: I hear they have great produce…especially fruit! SCORE!
Thought #2: This is so convenient…it saves me time from running to the other grocery store 5 minutes north in the rain, plus, Jen isn’t home from work yet! AWESOME.
Thought #3: This has to be cheaper…even than Walmart! I AM SO LUCKY
Though #4: I love cultural experiences. BONUS
Thought #5: Wow, everything is cheap! I knew this was a good idea! (everything was like 5 for a dollar…limes were actually 50 for a dollar..what the!!! They had amazing peppers, spices…tons of stuff authentica! Ok so the Jell-O isn’t authentic…but I need some healthy sweets for the week, ok!)
Thought #6: This IS a great cultural experience! I am the only white person in this place!!! Maybe I will come here regularly. Maybe I will take a spanish class. Maybe I will move into the nearby neighborhood. Heck, maybe I will even use “Lo Siento” or “Hola” as I walk by people in the store…RIGHT NOW.
Thought #7: HOLY CRAP….that’s a ROACH. Yep. A stupid roach immediatly made my stomach church and my mind wander. No fear though. I pushed through with a sour look on my face to grab a few more needed items. BUT, everything bad at that point started to stick out in my mind. It wasn’t bad…but a roach would make Neimen’s a turn off! I think….or would it?
When I got home I washed EVERYTHING! I even took the carrots out of their packaging and washed them.
Would I go back? Maybe! I got everything for $20…I know it probably only saved a little from going to the other grocery stores. I will have to see if the taste is better:) All in all, it brought a lot of joy to my day! Leaving the store I couldn’t help but think that mission agencies need to grab college grads. I think I would have done anything right out of college. Now after four years of graduating…I think I would choose to go back to Switzerland before African huts or Mexico dirt roads.
Adios my friends, adios!