Sunday, August 23, 2009


Tesco is like a British version of Wal-mart. You can buy clothes, electronics, housewares, groceries, etc. In the local shops most products are in 4 languages - Czech, Slovak, Polish and Hungarian. Not much help.

At Tesco, you have the same thing but a lot of the products there often have some English on the labels. I was finally able to find fabric softener at a Tesco because the label said "fabric softener". But that was it. I couldn't read anything else (instructions, ingredients, etc.) because the rest of the label was in Czech and Slovak. But hey, I'll take what I can get.

Grocery shopping takes me longer here because most of the time I have to figure out what I'm looking at. Here's what I picked up today.
Instant coffee, tea, butter, 3 croissants, rye bread, 1 liter of orange juice, 2 liters of skim milk, and 1 liter of apple & black currant juice. This was all I needed and it was all that would fit in my backpack. The grand total came out to 231 Kč (~$12.80 U.S.).

The apple & black currant juice tastes like cran-apple juice, but a little sweeter. I wonder if I will ever get used to buying milk that is not refrigerated?


  1. Have you noticed Tesco carries clothing brands commonly seen at Target in America? Cherokee is one brand that comes to mind. Food seems cheap in C. R.; clothing and cosmetics don't.

  2. I haven't looked at clothes at Tesco yet. But you're right - clothes here are not cheap.