I know many people see it as a tedious chore, but I love the process of buying groceries. When I lived in Paris, grocery shopping was basically my hobby. This led to several dangerous discoveries, like crème de marrons and this one store brand guava jam from Franprix that I was addicted to for a while. To this day, whenever I’m back in Paris I wander the aisles of the Monoprix on rue du Temple for old times’ sake. In addition to its purely practical applications, grocery shopping is a great way to observe local particularities. In France it’s the seemingly infinite varieties of yogurt and yogurt-like substances (caillé de brebis may be the greatest dairy product known to man). In Kazakhstan, the most striking thing about grocery stores is the almost complete lack of fresh produce.