When playing overseas, it’s typical to miss many things from home. After lifting weights and having two physically and mentally draining practices, athletes often want to return to what brings them comfort, which can be tough when you are thousands of miles from home. Eating and trying new foods is my favorite hobby, especially when I’m abroad. However, sooner or later, I crave the meals to which I’m accustomed. In Poland, a typical lunch and dinner includes soup, meat and potatoes. While this is delicious, after a few months, all I want is a freaking burrito.
Since we had a free morning, I decided to swing by a major mall in Warsaw called Arkadia. It’s a very popular mall, always busy, where everything you could possibly need is located. After finishing my errands, I popped into this tiny grocery called Kuchnie Świata, which translates to ‘Kitchens of the World’. As soon as I stepped inside, a silly grin spread across my face. Poptarts! Sweet Baby Ray’s! Boxed Mac n’ Cheese! Heinz Baked Beans! True to form, I scurried around the store taking pictures of everything. It was great to see so many different products that are easy to find back home, but rarer to see here in Poland.
I ended up buying a can of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup, a jar of La Costeña Mole, Corn tortillas and an Arizona Iced Tea (a bizarre assortment, I know). I couldn’t buy too much, since it was mostly junk food. However, I left the store with a happy feeling, grateful to have spent a few minutes feeling as though I was back home. I will definitely go back soon.
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