“What are grocery stores like in your country?”

Three students share their experiences with European grocery stores.

Maria Lorditch, France: Everything sold in grocery stores is crazy fresh! For example, I bought packaged mushrooms and they only lasted about two days before they went bad. Also, everyone buys at least three bottles of wine every time they go shopping.

The French diet is basically bread, cheese and wine, so these take up most of the aisles in the grocery store. Everything here is also done at a much smaller scale, so a large at a restaurant is the size of an American small. (That must be how they stay so dang skinny in Europe!)

Morgan Hylton, U.K.: Hands-down, the strangest product I’ve seen has been “man-size” tissues. These are tissues made by Kleenex that are supposed to be bigger and tougher than normal tissues, but its name could be taken as pretty offensive.

The main grocery store of the U.K., Asda, is a sister store of Walmart, so it is relatively the same. The contents of the store are a bit different, however; there aren’t a lot of typical American brands and nothing tastes quite the same even if it is an American brand, but I’ve found that nothing is inedible.

Allie Diehl, Spain: The grocery stores are very similar to ones in the U.S., except for the unfortunate lack of peanut butter and oatmeal (which happens to be my favorite breakfast). Although there are large supermarkets, many Spaniards shop at stores that focus on a specific food group, such as the bakery, butcher, or produce shop. Those stores are usually locally owned and more convenient to find in neighborhoods.

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