Things I Love About Poland #02: Kiosks!
It's 4.30pm and you finished work a short while ago. You're walking home from the bus (or tram) stop. Do you need any vegetables or bread for dinner? Maybe you just remembered that you've run out of soap or shampoo? Or how about a movie to watch? Need more minutes for your cell phone? How about cigarettes? Recipes? Headache medicine? ANYTHING?
Just stop at any one of the dozen kiosks you pass along the way!
Besides kiosks you probably also walked by a lot of small specialized shops, including the bakery, butcher, "fishmonger" (sorry for the British English, but do we have an American word for this?) and grocery store. In my walk home from the tram stop I passed at least two of each and probably four small grocery stores. We're talking about a five minute walk.
In the USA, we mainly have big supermarkets. And most people do not live within walking distance of one. So, you have to drive there, deal with crowds and long lines. Big stores means lots of time searching for what you want. Americans tend to plan their shopping in big trips where they buy a lot at once.
When we were living in Poland, we bought individual things when we needed them. You're always walking to and from the bus or tram stop. You can just pop into a small store or even buy things right on the street -- from a kiosk!