Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Lunch Conversations

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One of my favorite photos I've taken in Istanbul - maybe because I wake up so many mornings to the call of the seagulls.

One day last week I was out to lunch with friend. Me, an American, a Turk, an Italian, a Brit and a Greek-American. Not surprisingly we were talking food and how we'd adapted our normal diets during out time in Istanbul, eventually the topic turned to grocery shopping here. One person admitted that here, like everywhere she travels the grocery store was one of the first things she liked to see. Soon we all admitted that grocery stores are one of our favorite cultural experiences when we travel and a must see on any itinerary.

I can't help but wonder if we are unique - or are there more people out there who hit up the grocery store on every visit to a new country.

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6 comments:

Ashley said...

oh I loooooooove going to grocery stores in different countries! And one of the first things I noticed about Turkish ones was the lack of processed food :) This was an observation made when I was about 14. Grocery stores say a lot about a culture...

Karen said...

I rarely am lucky enough to travel outside Canada or the US (grocery stores don't seem to differ too much), but this is something I might not have thought to explore, so I'm glad to add to my list of things to see if we do, in fact, get out of the country this year.

Christianna said...

That picture is breathtaking!

And I like going to the grocery store in new countries too. Or street markets. We went to a lot of street markets when we were in Paris a few weeks ago!

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

Grocery stores are the best. And if you know Migros in Switzerland and Migros in Turkey then there's so much more to talk about. I also miss the little corner stores offering pretty much everything from water to napkins to tampons and milk and meat. ;)

Dagmar said...

Hi Jamie,
We just watched House Hunters Intentional and they were looking for an apartment in Turkey..was so impressed..showed a lot of food markets..what an array of spices and food..glad to see such gorgeous photos!
Hope you great a day or two off over the weekend!
Xo

iris said...

I don't seek out grocery stores, but they are definitely a serious cultural experience. You see what the culture truly values in their diet (in Japan...the types of tofu available...and dried seafood...yeah). This is definitely an experience.

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