I have mentioned before my amazement and joy as I entered the large, wholesale (Costco equivalent) store, Metro, for the first time. Since then, I have been back several times and enjoyed the low prices, wide selection and feeling of home this mecca of consumerism provides me. This past weekend, when my host mother mentioned that not only was she going to Metro, but that my host father was driving us – I jumped at the chance (and brought along one of my site mates).
The trip gave me a chance to lust after avocados, mangoes, spinach and roller-blades, but mostly it was good bonding time with my awesome host parents. My host mother helped me and my fellow PCV in Balti, Robyn, become members of Metro and my host father helped us pick out wine to buy using our membership. My host father also discussed which beers we should and should not buy, based not only on their quality but also on where they are manufactured or imported from. The trip also gave me a chance to try a new delicious Turkish desert, a wafer cannoli with nut paste, that is called halva.