This morning we talked about shopping in German class and Lidl came up. I remembered that this week is "Mexican Week", when Lidl sells "Mexican" foods that they don't normally have, is this week! All I could think about for the rest of class was the refried beans I was going to have for lunch, and the crunchy taco shells I was going to stock up on. Maybe I'll get a tomato to eat with the beans, too, I thought. Oh yum. I know I can get this stuff at Rewe, but it's ridiculously overpriced. Sorry Rewe, I paid about 60 cents in Boston for refried beans. I'm not often willing to pay 3 euro here for something that probably isn't even as good.
I stopped at my office to print out some articles I am supposed to read then biked over to Lidl. I really dug being there in the middle of the day instead of later - there was actually a lot of good-looking produce stocked! I could walk down the aisle without wanting to strangle seven people who are in my way and totally oblivious! I picked up some cereal and green peppers then made my way over to the Mexican section.
It was total crap. There was a box that said flour tortillas, but it was empty. There was no sign at all of taco shells or refried beans. The only thing offered that even looked like food was canned "chili beans", whatever those are supposed to be. The rest were bland-looking sauces, snackes, and just-add-water mysteries, as well as a selection of bizarre frozen "Mexican" foods such as Mexican wraps, Mexican pizza, and Mexican chicken nuggets. Arrrrgh!!! I went home depressed, with only a box of cereal, Uncle Ben's rice-for-lazy-people, and two green peppers to show for the trip.
Grr. I hope they restock.
When I got home a nice older lady from the second floor was in the elevator with me. Things have improved for me in the elevator conversation area since I last wrote on this topic. However, today I really thought I heard her ask me if I was visiting a cat. I was really confused. I just said no and she said something else, but no idea what. Oh lawdy. Oh well, I don't think I messed up too badly, because she was still very friendly with me when she got off the elevator and I wished her a nice day. (Maybe even with proper adjective declination, but don't count on that.)