Figuring out how to feed yourself is, of course, a basic first step when you arrive anywhere. As I’ve been blogging regularly from Nepal, I’m surprised I haven’t told a story yet about Bhatbhateni, our local supermarket. After a while in a new place, food shopping becomes a way of life and the story disappears into daily routine, as there isn’t so much to say. However, six months into our life here, I found myself shopping one lunch time at another supermarket, Saleways. I started marveling at how clean and organized it was. Remarkable even. Everything was neatly stacked, the shelves were clean. I could find what I was looking for. Then I realised that it wasn’t remarkable, it was normal. At least normal elsewhere, and my usual Bhatbhateni experience had lowered my standard of expectation to such a point that chaotic had become the new norm.
That’s not to say that I’m not grateful for Bhatbhanteni’s offerings. Its almost the only place in the city where you can shop department store-style (sort of). You can practically get anything you need from olive oil to shoe polish, without having to hunt it down in the small stores locally.
But, boy, is that place a mess. Here’s a little photo story of what its like to push a cart around the store:
Come on Bhatbhateni. If Saleways can do it, so can you.