Sometimes people ask me if it is weird to come back to the States after being out of the country for so long (a month, for any of you new to this blog… check the July archives). The most overwhelmed I felt upon my return was when I went to buy bread at Meijer. Who needs this many choices for bread? It took me five minutes to remember and find the bread that we normally purchase. I’ve been in grocery stores in eastern Europe where the whole store had less selection than this one aisle.

I would much rather have a small grocery store close to my house (preferably within biking distance) with the basics (produce, bread, meat, dairy, canned goods and pasta) than these huge “mega-stores.”

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