I do most of my grocery shopping across the border in Germany. I find it to be much cheaper than Switzerland grocery stores, PLUS we get a large portion of the taxes back if we get our receipts stamped at the border before crossing back. So it is a win/win.
I rent a car once a week to grocery shop now. I used to take the tram exclusively, but I was finding that the 45 minute trip each way plus having to haul arm loads full of groceries was quickly getting old. I joined something here called "Mobility". It is an annual subscription where you pay a nominal fee, and then each time you rent the car it is about $3 an hour. Completely worth it for me to go and get a large amount of groceries just once a week, instead of every few days, and also be able to pick up all of our Amazon packages (the post office for that is also in Germany).
I live only 5 minutes from the border by car, so to zip up and back and do all of my errands takes under 2 hours each week. It is a beautiful thing.
The last time I was in the grocery store, I had a good look at the candy wall. Haribo is a German company, and a candy we are very familiar with in the United States. However - living here, I have never seen candy in such large proportions in a grocery store before. Sure, in the USA, we have a candy isle, or at least PART of an isle, that is dedicated to sweets. But here - it seems to be a staple for them. There isn't just one candy isle - there are 4-5. Chocolate, and Haribo - mounds of it. And beyond the fruit and vegetable section in the store, this is where you will find most people.
As I understand it - the Germans and the Swiss are good at control when it comes to candy. Whether this is true or not - I may never know. What has been reported to us is that they eat a small quanity each day - a square of chocolate here, or a handful of gummies there. But.....why? Why is there so.much.candy. We may never know.
I had to take this picture the one day I was shopping because I got a clear view of just one of the isles of Haribo. There is another one - almost identical to this - in this same grocery store. Plus 3 isles of chocolate. It is something to see.
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