A trip to the grocery in a foreign country can be setting yourself up for shock treatment.

There are items in the grocery here that are less than what you pay at home, but many items are far more expensive.

In a country where the minimum wage for a working guy or girl is less than a U.S. dollar per hour, why would any sane person want to drink a six pack of beer at almost $10.00 U.S., or shave with Gillette shaving cream at eight dollars a can? On my most recent trip through the grocery gauntlet, my costs for a handful of items were $12.00 U.S.

For my money, I buy two bars of soap, a link of sausage and a package of chicken cold cuts. I bring home an avocado,two boxes of saltine crackers, a small bag of apples, a bunch of bananas and a loaf of wheat bread.

Coming from Europe, or the U.S., or wealthy South American countries, Nicaragua is a bargain.

On the other hand, walking in a Nicaraguan’s shoes pinches your toes..

If I only make seventy or eighty cents an hour I would have to work two days to pay for what I just bought. 

If you really want to know what a country about, watching what the locals do is the quickest way to get the picture.




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