For one reason or another, I have been feeling more waves of homesickness lately, but not to worry, I found a solution: Go to every store in Barcelona that sells American products!
When I enter these stores, I feel like a kid in a candy store, equally as excited about all the products and what I’m going to find next. It’s really interesting to see what products the stores have, such as, Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, Nerds, Root Beer and Dr. Pepper, Arizona Iced Tea, Betty Crocker cake mixes, Bisquick pancake mix, Cheerios and Frosted Flakes, Paul Newman popcorn, peanut butter and of course, marshamallows. I guess these are the most popular products with the least likely probability of finding anything similar here. I have eaten a few Reeses, a product I never really ate at home, some root beer, a soda I didn’t normally drink and peanut butter, a spread I didn’t always enjoy. What a weird dichotomy! It’s kind of like I want it because it’s there and it’s American. Or, maybe ya want what ya can’t have, but in this case, I can have it, but it sure took a while to discover!
Another observation: the products are about 3 times the cost than in the US. How much is a jar of peanut butter you might wonder? Take a guess….7 euros! Translation: about $9.75! That’s right it better be crunchy! I think Cheerios are about $10. Even though I don’t eat half of the products at home, there is some sort of appeal to reading English labels, seeing something familiar that I haven’t seen in a while and getting a small piece of home so far away. Sometimes I just go in and look 🙂 But, the other day, my friend Mariella, a fellow American, and I, did a toast with our Reese’s. Yes, yes, dorky, but hey, once again, es lo que hay!