|Garbage City, a real place outside of Cairo in Egypt, as photographed by Bas Princen|
I couldn't even find half of the groceries on my list, and the things I did find seemed outrageously overpriced. Take laundry detergent, for instance. I pay $5.99 for a box of Arm & Hammer fragrance-free powdered laundry detergent at the regular grocery store, but there was no Arm & Hammer detergent, or any other recognizable brand, to be found at Earth Fare. Instead, similarly-sized boxes of laundry powder with brand names I'd never heard of cost as much as $14.99.
Well, in a desperate time crunch, with no laundry soap at home, no clean clothes to wear, and no time to get to a "normal" store to buy laundry detergent any time soon, I broke down and bitterly forked over $14.99 for a box of Biokleen Premium Plus Laundry Powder. The outside of the box claimed that I would get 54 loads as opposed to the 46 loads I supposedly got from a box of Arm & Hammer. The box also informed me that it contained no phosphates, no chlorine bleach, and no "fillers." I have no idea what phosphates and fillers are, and at this point I thought the "no chlorine bleach" part just indicated that this laundry product was safe to use on dark colored loads. I just hoped this weird stuff would actually get the clothes clean and I wouldn't end up throwing out the whole box.
I got the box home, opened it, and was shocked to find what looked like an instant lemonade mix scoop inside instead of the regular-sized scoop I was used to. Look at the two side-by-side:
Ski Queen Gjetost, a caramelized brown Norwegian goat cheese that no one in my family eats except me. I make little cracker sandwiches with whole grain Wheat Thins when I don't have time for a real lunch. Mmm...