Diana came to the Embassy early this morning, pulled around to the back, and backed up to two small freezers. I thought to myself, "Huh, I guess they only stock the goods for the people who have an appointment to pick up their goods." I helped Diana load up our haul. And then off she went to stock our freezer and make us a 5-star dinner from our treasured U.S. groceries. I went back to my office and looked at our original order again, and got pretty upset.
When I arrived home tonight, I was treated to the most expensive meal I have had since arriving in Abuja - hot dogs and mac and cheese made with Silk almond milk. While it was good, it wasn't quite 5-star good. Unfortunately for us, the price was. I'll only treat you to a couple examples of how we like to flush money down the toilet out here in Africa. Maybe someday, when you can afford domestic help, living on an isolated compound surrounded by a 9ft high wall topped with razor wire guarded by men wielding black market AK-47's with the file numbers scratched off, you too will have enough money to pay $23.00 for one carton of Silk almond milk. And then buy six of them without batting an eye. And those Egg Beaters I spoke about above. Yeah, not $10 a box, $10 for one fr$#@!* milk carton worth of yellow liquid that makes a tasteless, rubbery, gelatonous mass that is supposed to resemble eggs (actually, it's for 2 cartons worth. I know, can you believe I'm complaining!). And we bought 10 of those! That's right! Read and weep!! I know I did!. I miss that $14 chicken right about now.
Pictured below is what $10 will buy you in Nigeria:
|At least they are "Bun Size."|
|The headband is to give you perspective - it's Alexis'. Our tiny 7 year old's. 2 milk cartons worth of rehydrated yellow goo.|