March 28, 2008

Lettuce = GOLD

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , at 6:19 pm by Jenn

I need to get this out of my head before something happens to stifle my mojo again.  I’m not saying it’s back, but this is just so worth blogging about that…well here you be the judge.

I went to the grocery store today to buy lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers and kidney beans for tonight’s dinner…you guessed it Taco Salad.  I usually don’t pay much attention to prices (sorry Mom, I know you are cringing right now) because well quite frankly if you need something you buy it.  Well, I’m really glad that I was paying attention today, because the first head of lettuce that I picked up was already marked (usually they aren’t marked, you take them up to the girl, she weighs them and puts the price sticker on) 42000 byr.  I had a friend with me so I asked, “Does this say 42000”, her reply “Yep”.  Now I know why this head of lettuce was already priced.  Someone obviously wasn’t interested in paying $19.53 cents for a head of lettuce and I don’t blame them but you can’t have Taco Salad without lettuce.  Tonight is game night and Taco Salad is on the menu so I searched for a lighter head (x2).

Here’s a picture of the lettuce…

crazy-lettuce.jpg

27107 Belarusian rubles…any idea how much that is in US $, well let me tell you $12.50 (give or take a few cents)…..TWELVE DOLLARS AND FIFTY CENTS! FOR LETTUCE! ICE BERG LETTUCE, water basically.  There better not be one rust spot on this lettuce.

After inspecting the label carefully I think that I’ve figured out why this lettuce is so expensive.  The part of the label you can’t see clearly says product of SPAIN.  This label, in Russian says “Fresh Salad Imported from the Netherlands”.  My suggestion, why not buy lettuce grown in Spain, from Spain?

So there you have it…a mojo moment, captured and blogged about so not to be forgotten.  You’ve got to love the absurdity of Belarus.

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8 Comments »

  1. Pam said,

    Hey Jenn!

    I have finally had the pleasure of reading you blog and I have quite a lot to catch up on, but have throughly enjoyed what I have read so far. This adventure of yours is truely a Blessing. Darion and I miss you and Scott so much. We are really enjoying Charlotte. Darion just celebrated his 13th birthday here. I hope that he lives to see his 14th. I think these teen years are going to be rough ones. Please keep us in your prayers. I will talk to you soon.

    Love Always,

    Pam

  2. Mom said,

    There are some things in life that you just have to buy. Glad I wasn’t paying that price though. Maybe your next assignment will have better veggies and some fish. And that’s the first I’ve heard of Pam in a couple months!!!

  3. Ruth said,

    Wow! Lettuce does = Gold! I hope you enjoy that taco salad. Just think, for the rest of your life, as long as you make taco salad, you’ll always remember that time you were in Belarus and you paid for the luxuriously exotic import: lettuce.

  4. notgoth said,

    wow. thats crazy.

  5. aziemniak said,

    Unreal! God forbid what the price of romaine would cost!

  6. Angie said,

    Sometimes scarcity can make something bland and mundane taste really good. I’m hoping that lettuce was the BEST you’ve ever tasted.

    Last night in the grocery store a woman began telling me all about the virtues of butter lettuce, you know, the kind you get that’s still alive in its little plastic box? I never get it because I think it’s expensive, but now I might. I’m sure that however much it is, it can’t be $12.

  7. rhoda said,

    good lord. i couldn’t even imagine. I’m with aziemniak–i wonder how much romaine costs!

  8. […] and I guess then clicking on to my site.  I also see that I have a link to my crazy Lettuce=Gold post from when I lived in Belarus, but still…that link isn’t driving all that many […]


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