Last month, I wrote an article about grocery shopping here in Jocotepec, Jalisco, Mexico. I mentioned that most people here … expats and locals alike … shop at three different places. First is the mercado or marketplace. Second is Aurrera Bodega, a Wal*Mart Mexico offshoot. The third is their local tienda or abarrote, which is comparable to a mom and pop store north of the border.
In my earlier post, I wrote about shopping at the mercado and said I would write later about shopping at Aurrera Bodega and the abarrotes. My plan for this week was to write about Aurrera. But before I got around to doing so, I read a post dated January 31 by a blogger on Isla Mujeres. His blog is listed in our blogroll … Isla Mujeres: Gringo in Paradise. I read him faithfully.
Isla Mujeres is located on the other side of Mexico from me. It’s an island in the Caribbean located a short distance off the Yucatan peninsula in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. [In my book, Quintana Roo is the coolest name for a state in the entire country. Probably the coolest in all of North America.] The town in which Gringo in Paradise lives, also named Isla Mujeres, is probably comparable in size to the town of Jocotepec … 11,000 folks more or less. But it gets a lot more tourists than we do here in Joco, and therefore the cost of living is higher. Nothing like a bunch of white tourists to drive up the prices!
When I read Gringo in Paradise’s blog posting about his local grocery store, however, I was amazed at how similar it is to MY local grocery store. So instead of writing about Aurrera Bodega in Jocotepec, I’m going to suggest that you read Gringo’s posting. It’s laugh out loud funny and to learn what Aurrera Bodega is like, just substitute that name whenever the post mentions Super Express. Even the pictures could have been taken at Aurrera, with the exception of the liquor department. Ours is much smaller. I’m not going to extrapolate on that.
Here’s the link; now go read it! It’s the posting for January 31, 2011: http://bnwisla.blogspot.com/.