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 I 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 today, 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 I really need to know what I, or a country is about, I watch what’s going into grocery carts.






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