although last week i moved into a fully furnished apartment here in kolkata, i still needed a few things to get me going. the things that i have been missing are essentially the following: towels (don’t ask what i’ve been using for the last week, it’s unsavory), bed sheets, pillow cases, food, and gas for cooking.
and yes, i realize that “food” is a very general category. thanks.
anyway, so on friday night mr. s and i went to the big ‘western style’ supermarket here in kolkata called spencer’s. i’m not going to tell you every moment of the experience, so envision a 3 story, very skinny department store packed with about 2,500 people and 1,250 staff. basically, to create employment indians have structured life so that no one has to do anything for themselves. that’s my opinion anyway. dont get me wrong, i think it’s phenomenal.
so at this insanely insane supermarket i got delicious items such as peanut butter, apples, cheese slices, eggplant, and sour cream and onion chips. what i will cook with this melange, i know not. but i do know that i’m excited.
then on sunday (because remember, while you jerkstores had 4-day weekend , i only had 1 day off) we went to 2 local markets – one called guriahat and the other called esplanade. again, i’m not going to bore you with the typical traveller’s details, but just know that it was bat-shit crazy and i lasted only 30 minutes before demanding to leave.
although i’m working on my patience for people, i still came away with some awesome stuff. here are two of my purchases, linens for my bed and a book:
(i also got a little something special for a birthday that is approaching, but i can’t share it publicly lest i ruin the surprise. mom, i’m looking at you.)
so plundering the markets was exceptionally fun, and i am now plotting my export strategy back to canada with various visitors. as a result you may now call me ye old cap’n al – cause i’m pretty much a market pirate.