I have shopping dreams. They always take place at a grocery store, mall, or Walmart-type store. I happily walk through the aisles, filling my cart with anything and everything I could ever want, and then.....something happens. And I leave the store with nothing. Sad, I know.
The ironic part is that I am really not a shopper. As I mentioned earlier, I am a saver. Shopping has never been one of my favorite things to do. That is, until you put me in a third world country for years at a time. Then I start dreaming about Walmart with its endless aisles of chocolate chips and cheap deodorant.
A number of years ago, Dar es Salaam got it's very first real mall. It's about a tenth of the size of your average mall in the States, and most of the stores in it are banks or cell phone shops, but it's fully air conditioned (very important) and has a three-screen movie cinema. It also has a store named Game, which is a chain from South Africa.
Game is full of appliances, electronics, household items and cosmetics. Kind of like a Target or Walmart. Kind of. Except that it's about a fifth of the size, and five times the prices. I still shop there, because sometimes it's the only place to find certain things, but I buy as little as possible. I refuse to pay $40 for a bath towel, no matter how old mine are getting.
A few months ago, I noticed this flyer at Game:
It's true. Walmart had bought out Game. Thus confirming everyone's suspicions that Walmart is indeed trying to take over the world.
So does that mean that we now have a Walmart in Tanzania?
No...No....NO! Not until I can go there and find everything on my list and spend less than $100, not until then will I admit that we have a Walmart. (Those "fantastic deals" on the flyer? Humph. Whatever.)
It's been well over two years since I've really gone shopping, so I am eagerly anticipating this trip to America, and have been working on a list for a couple months now. You want to know what's on a Walmart-deprived girl's list?
-shoes for all the kids
-candy thermometer (for pasteurizing milk; I don't make candy!)
-sewing supplies for Grace
-school backpack for Grace
Gil already brought back about 30 pounds of candy and chocolate, so we're good in that department.
Speaking of chocolate, did you know that America now produces pretzel M&M's? I'm guessing you already know that. But it's truly a beautiful thing.
Walmart (real Walmart)....Here I come!