Monday, September 8, 2008

Bhat Bhateini Woes

Ay yai yai. You go away for two months and not only can you no longer seem to be able to SPELL (I keep backing up to retype things) but the grocery store has been completely reorganized. Bhat Bhateini is the Departmental store (why the "al" is on the end of the word is a mystery to me - but there it is.)that is one of the few "under one roof" type of grocery stores. The upper floors carry other things but the ground floor is reserved for food. I've been a pretty regular customer these past two years. The proprietor was riding a bicycle a few years back and has been a phenomenal business success here. But that isn't what this post is about.

Let me tell you how this went today. I was on a grocery mission! I had my list! Well I got my little cart (I love how they call them "buggies" in the South - but I digress) and started off. Whoaaaaah. I am completely disoriented. Nothing is where it used to be. Where do I go without getting lost? I carry on. I zig zag through the store. Shampoo and Conditioner are on different aisles. OK. Things you might use to bake are on end caps ... several of them ... not necessarily on adjacent aisles. Again, OK. And let's talk about those aisles. Shouldn't they be parallel? Sigh. It is about that time I notice I have one of those grocery carts that doesn't steer straight - particularly when they start getting loaded up. I smile that this is a global phenomenon not peculiar to the US. Everyone has had one of those annoying carts. Again - I carry on. The shelves are being stocked not leaving much room in the aisles. And several of the aisles have columns right in the middle you can't steer around. I'm starting to think this is pretty darn funny. My Cart With A Mind Of Its Own just steers straight into some stacked pile of something and sends it crashing.

You get the idea. Oh - and I only forgot one item!

Peace.

4 comments:

Kat said...

So, how does it compare with a typical grocery in the US? Do you find everything that you need or are you missing some favorites? Do you pine for care packages?

Again, I am so enjoying your blog. As I live in my Southern town and just dream about traveling the world...

Laurel said...

Kat - not like a typical store in size and organization. For here, however, it has most anything you need as long as you aren't a brand fanatic. They import almost everything so some items can be expensive. But boy is it disorganized! Thanks for visiting.

Heather said...

Sounds like some goooood times. My grocery trips are eerily similar.

mommaof4wife2r said...

nice...good times had by all.