The most interesting & culturally diverse place in the world!
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Seriously though, grocery stores really are the most interesting and culturally diverse places in the world!
See it for yourself, next time you are in a new country.
Just go visit the local grocery store because you can learn a lot about a culture just by visiting a local grocery store.
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Grocery stores are quite different in every country for multiple reasons.
Here are a few differences that I’ve noticed:
Visiting a local grocery store is an easy way to learn the worth of the currency; The different currency means that the prices look different (this helps you better understand the exchange rate).
2- Set up!
Each country has a different view of which foods go where; Based on popularity of that item in the country, and the size of the store area. This also differs between outside markets & inside stores because some countries only sell fruits and vegetables in outside markets while the other items are inside a general store, and vice versa.
Visiting a local grocery store is a great way to learn the popular local food items. It also shows you new and/or different items that you might not find in your home country because grocery stores around the world carry different items that others wouldn’t have, based on; item availability in the country.
Those are just 3 of the main reasons why I love to visit local grocery stores in new countries because you can learn so much!
Grocery stores are kinda like free museums; except better because you actually get to experience the culture, while being completely submerged in it.
And, you get to see new things that you wouldn’t normally see in a normal grocery store (one that you’re accustomed to).
What you know is not all there is in the world!
There’s so much out there to learn about & explore!
So, next time you visit a new country, visit a local grocery store and take a closer look at those 3 things because I promise, you will already feel like you know a lot about the culture of the country.
Thanks for reading! I hope this post inspired & encouraged your wanderlust!
P.S. If you notice another cultural difference in grocery stores; Please comment below, I would love to learn more!