Where do most people go during the week? Shopping, to places like Walmart, Target, IKEA, and the toy store.
Where do you we during the week? A tropical island beach.
Where do most people go on vacation? To a tropical island beach.
Where do we go on vacation? Shopping, to places like Walmart, Target, IKEA, and the toy store.
We do have a "7 to 11", that is, ironically, open from 6am to 10pm.
So when we have an excuse to go back to the States, usually Fort Lauderdale, we take advantage of all of the inexpensive 'Merica prices and hit the big-name stores.
This trip, during July of 2014, was in honor of Phoebe's birthday. First stop, Toy-r-Us!
Phoebe wandered the aisles in a haze of indifferent indecision and left with just about nothing. Yes. My children say they love toys, but they don't. They just don't.
Ah, I remember well, the days in Del Rio when I scoffed at buying produce at Walmart. The ONLY place to buy decent produce was at HEB. Walmart was better of course than the commissary, but still. Yuck.
Ha! When comparing the barely edible produce we can buy here on Eleuthera with the produce of Walmart, I am forced to eat my words; literally. When we go back to the states, we hit the Walmart for everything, including the huge, colorful, well-stocked, high variety produce section.
Oh, the berries. The fresh apples that aren't squishy. The oranges that aren't wrinkled and pitted. The lettuce that won't turn brown and mushy in 1.2 days after purchase.
Walmart produce section, I'd like to offer you my sincere apologies. I was mistaken, spoiled, and ignorant of the condition of "produce" sections of other, poorer parts of the world.
We buy a million clam shells full of every berry ever discovered, and then gorge ourselves to the point of disgust. That way we won't want to even see a berry for the next 2-3 months before we go back to Fort Lauderdale.
And the kitchen gadgets. And the daydreaming that can be done by a stay-at-home-mom who doesn't live in her own house and dreams in IKEA.
But mostly it's for the meatballs that we love IKEA. And the kitchen gadgets.
All you need is water, a swimsuit for the kids, a bottle of wine or two for the tired out parents, and you've got yourself a grade A vacation.
Repeat every 2-3 months as necessary.
And that's how we do an opposite vacation.