Tag Archives: Shopping


My wife said “you have to take a picture of that.” I smiled and replied, “I already did.” Yesterday was a day to wander. We left Sulzburg with some gentle snowflakes falling and hopped a train to Freiburg. No plans, just enjoy the day. The snow turned to rain, more of a gentle mist really. […]

What Is This?

I was in a hurry, and didn’t think to ask. The cashier handed me this piece of red plastic with my credit card receipt. I had assumed it was for the shopping cart – most of the stores around here have carts when you have to insert a coin to release the cart from the […]

Shopping German Style (Cultural Differences XIII)

About 25 years ago, maybe a little more, Canadians began changing the way they shopped. In some ways they were just catching up to Europe. The change was not in what we purchased or when we went to the store, but rather in how we took the goods we bought home. As paper bags had […]

The Shopping Trip

I try not to have preconceptions, but this is not what I expected. When I think of the Middle East I think of traditional markets, like Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. Not an upscale shopping mall that would not seem out of place anywhere in North America. Okay, I have heard that they have places like that […]

Black Friday

Today, if you didn’t already know, is the day after the American Thanksgiving holiday, which for the past 50 years or so has been referred to as Black Friday. It is an orgy of consumerism, a shopping frenzy with supposedly lower prices and longer store hours and chaos in shopping malls across the USA. It […]