Posted by: ourtravelingcircus | June 19, 2010

The outlet mall

We underpacked reading material (a tragedy in our family) and it’s even more torturous because there are books all over the house, but every single one of them is in German. I meant to bring along a copy of The Story of the Trapp Family Singers and reread it, but I forgot. It’s here in German, and taunting me. Fortunately, a picture is worth a thousand words, and there are a few things to look at here even if we can’t read the writing. One is a catalog of Austrian national costumes. Many of them are lovely, and it’s interesting to see some of them adapted for modern life–for business, a night out, etc. I was looking at it just this morning but didn’t expect I’d get to see these clothes myself.

Today the weather was not only wet, but downright cold. I had three layers on and would have worn a scarf and gloves if I’d thought to bring them along. Sightseeing didn’t sound like fun, so instead Margaret, Katherine and I went down to Salzburg to an outlet area. I really enjoy seeing how normal people in a different country live–what kind of clothes they buy, food they buy, even pet items they buy. Anyhow, the first store we passed was a rare one selling national dress, and we went in. Such beautiful things! Unfortunately, they were way out of our price range. These dresses were about $300 each. I wish you could see the detail on the fabrics. They were exquisite.

There was a Toys R Us nearby, and I got excited thinking that maybe here we could find something cute, wooden, and European for our neice Eva’s first birthday next week. No such luck. The selection wasn’t much more exciting than what’s available at home. Sorry, Eva. We’ll keep looking for you.

Too bad she’s not a dog or cat. The pet supercenter had some very attractive-looking toys, sturdier than most of what Toys R Us had to offer and definitely some of which I’ve never encountered at PetSmart. Who knew you could share twister or chess with your animal companions?

But maybe if your cat drinks this special milk regularly, it would become smart enough to play chess with you.

We found two big discount groceries and bought a bunch more chocolate and cheese. It’s just too good to resist.

Here’s another slice of daily life in Europe, paying for your shopping cart. You have to slide a coin into the front of the cart to unlock it, and when you return your cart, you get your money back. Not surprisingly, there are no shopping carts strewn around the supermarket parking lots. Clever system. WalMart could learn something.



  1. That is what we do at Aldi’s here in Rock Hill…clever idea.

  2. Yup, the Aldi in Grand Rapids did the quarter thing, too.
    Bella wants some cat milk. Rush puts in an order, too. I wonder if they have sturdy automatic cat feeders there. Certain other versions crack at the first use (we’re saving the sales slip).

  3. One of the grocery stores in our area at home does that. My son says it reminds him of France. It is one of the lower end stores so they say that it helps keep their costs down.
    Here where we are visiting there is no such thing as a cart.

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