Starting to feel more and more like home

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Late this afternoon, I went to a shopping mall with my mom, my aunt and my sister.

Unlike most girls, I loathe shopping malls. But that's another story for another day.

On the way there, we drove on the three-lane highway, passing many subdivisions filled with identical houses. We also passed many advertising billboards, a big Toys "R" Us, a KFC, and a McDonald's.

At the mall, I wandered past a Nine West, a big local clothing store advertising that they're now selling clothes from the Gap, a Claire's and a Guess store.

But I almost wept from happiness when I discovered that this place* had just opened at the mall a month ago, and that they are the very first one in South Africa.

I immediately ran up to the shop, shrieking with delight. It was only once I had flung my entire body across the display counter, hugging it, that I overheard the manager telling one of the very stunned looking staff members: "She must be American. Only the American tourists have been reacting that way."

Now I only need a Starbucks.

Then again, a Green Card and a plane ticket back to D.C. won't hurt too badly either!

*What, surely you didn't think that I had gained weight in the States through sheer osmosis, did you?

3 Comments

Miked said:

lol, isn't it funny how we miss the little things when we don't have them for awhile? I spent one year in the United States and although Canada and the excited States of America are similar in many ways, we are just as different. When we've grown accustomed to our comfort food we damn well better have access to it :)

Hope to be reading a post in the near future about Starbucks!

redsaid said:

Well, Miked, I suppose I could always write a lengthy ode to my beloved Starbucks... yes, I know that's not what you meant and I appreciate the sentiment. I hope exactly the same thing!

And you know? I figure that if we can inherit the worst of the States (the so identical it's mind-numbing subdivisions - and just suburbia in general - the major highways, the billboards, some of the fast food franchises), we might as well get the rest as well. Except Bush of course. ;-)

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