Monday, June 08, 2009

Shopping in Israel

Because last year's food was so dreadful - rice and cabbage and potatoes EVERY FREAKIN' NIGHT! - we decided we'd buy our own.  It was bound to be better and cheaper than what we were getting.  This requires us to go into town to shop at the local supermarket every few days.  We have a rotation, so no one gets stuck doing it too often.  





Shopping in Denmark is tricky enough because of the language barrier, but in Israel, a lot of the items are in Hebrew.  They use a WHOLE different alphabet.  Of which I know only a few letters.  None of which make up words, by the way.  I imagine that this is how illiterate people shop, by pictures.  This works out okay... so far I haven't bought something completely awful.  And I can compare the shapes of the letters to the price tags to figure out what is what price. But I am definitely buying "salads" by color: white, pink, or red.

6 comments:

  1. It can be difficult in Danish supermarkets too, the first time you are there. I remember wanting to buy chicken and not knowing the difference between 'svinekod' and 'kylling' and leaving the store empty handed.

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  2. Bi-tri-quad-ligual shopping...it's always an adventure!

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  3. OH MY. I remember shopping in HK supermarkets. Totally lost in Chinese alphabets and people looking at me awkwardly because as much as I have a Chinese face, I don't speak a word of Chinese

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  4. ok, ok... I will stop complaining about the grocery stores in DK!! LOL... you have it much harder there!

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  5. oh shit - that is hilarious! I'm imagining the possible mistakes that can be made in terms of thinking you have ingredients for chicken scampi and instead finding that you've got anchovies and canned blueberries or something weird. lol. looks like a fun shopping adventure :)

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  6. That looks incredibly complicated - I hope the pictures are good enough to at least give you an idea of what's in the jar!

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