It always comes back to grocery shopping, doesn’t it? Yesterday I visited an American Aldi for the first time ever.
Now, for a lot of reasons, it’s great to be back in the U.S. Especially with Thanksgiving approaching, it’s very easy to remember the amount of work and the resulting ecstatic payoff involved in finding familiar American ingredients and foods in German grocery stores.
So now I can experience similar excitement over finding typical German chocolates here, right?
Not only was it was my first time in an Aldi in the U.S., but it was the first time I used a shopping cart requiring that you insert a coin as a deposit to unlock it. I had never seen these before living in Germany, and I never used them there because not only were they strange to me (without English instructions to explain to me that yes, you do get the coin back, as in many German situations), but this time I actually had a car so I could haul a shopping cart’s worth of groceries home. No backpacks or physical exercise of any kind required. Ah, America!