Shopping in Flores, part 1

First day we got here, the neighbor that picked us up at the airport told us that we could go shopping for food in a new supermarket in the largest village, Santa Cruz, where the airport is. She told us that it’s a store that usually has fruits and vegetables. We didn’t really understand her thoughtfulness until later.

Backpacks in the back of the open truck we got a ride in

Backpacks in the back of the open truck we got a ride in

After a quick round in the store, back in the car, she told us that fruits and vegetables usually are sold out in the first couple of days after arriving to the island by boat. And the delivery boat only comes every 15 days… Therefore it’s a bit of a luxury to be able to shop at the new supermarket where they make sure to keep the shelves as full as possible all the time.

Empty shelves in one of our local supermarkets

Empty shelves in one of our local supermarkets

Apparently people stock up on fruits, yoghurt and vegetables during the first few days of fresh food in the stores. Then it’s potatoes, bananas, maybe some lemons, onions, carrots and garlic left. Sometimes also cabbage. Things that are grown locally or that stays fresh for longer periods of time.

This is what one of the supermarkets looked like when we went in the first time. They have a huge variety of things in stock, on a rather small area.

We're gonna be experts in how to cook banana, onions, potatoes and garlic by the end of our stay!

We’re gonna be experts in how to cook banana, onions, potatoes and garlic by the end of our stay!

Shoes, styling gel, plastic bags, sanitary pads...

Shoes, styling gel, plastic bags, sanitary pads…

Anyway, we were lucky to get some tangerines, yoghurt and a green pepper that first day! Now we don’t really know when the boat will come back with more…

// Anders & Wivan

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