I spent hours shopping today at the Mall across the road. It took me so long because there are three shops I have to go to (Trader Joe’s, Safeway & The Milk Pail Market) and people were everywhere. Christmas is nearly here and the crowds have been whipped up into a frenzy.
It also doesn’t help that the Mall is spread out over about a square kilometre and there’s a lot of walking to be done – especially if you don’t know where any of the stores are located!
It took even longer than normal because I also went to more than three stores. I also visited Wal-Mart, Mervyn’s & Sears (all large department stores) in an vain attempt to find a door snake and Christmas presents. It was pretty much chaos in each of the stores and I didn’t find any presents (there’s a lot of junky items at this mall) nor my damn door snake.
I know my Mum will be interested in the price of groceries here. Generally they’re pretty reasonable. [I’ll be speaking US dollars.] Bananas are 19c each (fruit is cheap). 1 Litre Gatorades are $2. A large (450g) punnet of strawberries is $2.49. 450g of roast cashews are $4. 300g can of soup was 60c. Large box of tissues $1.66. I buy expensive milk (otherwise the taste is weird!) at $2 for 1.9L.
The guys back home will definitely be interested to know the cost of alcohol here. It’s very cheap. I bought a six-pack of Hoegaarden’s for $8.99. That was about the most expensive beer I could buy. A six-pack of Asahi’s cost $5.50. Your standard American beers (Budweiser etc) were often under $5. For six. I saw Coopers Pale Ale, a favourite Aussie beer of mine, for $8.50 for six. That’s an import beer here!
A 2 litre bottle of Jaygermeister was just over $40. The most espensive bottle of butterscotch schnapps I could find cost US$8. Most were just over $5. Vodka was typically under $20 for a litre. Jim Beam is $10 for 750mL. A one litre bottle of Makers Mark was $22. Baileys is a bit of an exception at an expensive $18 for 750mL. Still cheaper than home.
I wonder if there’s a rampant alcoholism problem here? If so it’s not obvious. And just how much do we get taxed for alcohol in Australia?!
Anyway, now I’m in my apartment cooking lasagne with my newly purchase groceries. If it’s successful you’ll hear more about it. 😉
 You know, to stop drafts flowing under a door. There’s a very loud whooshing sound as air rushes beneath the front door to my apartment. I’m currently using a towel to block up the gap.