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Day 156: Introducing Pat to a Piece of American Culture

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Day 156:  Love those LOW prices

Day 156: Love those LOW prices

I say it all the time, but for being a country I wouldn’t consider very different from America, Australia is still VERY different. One big difference I wanted to introduce Pat to while in the Midwest was shopping at giant warehouse style stores, like Super Walmart!

Can you believe Walmart doesn’t exist Down Under? Sure, there are Targets and K-marts, but there aren’t any of the Super Walmarts that give the shopper one location to get basically anything and everything under the sun from groceries to pharmaceuticals and electronics.

So, I took Pat to my local.

pat at super walmart

It is safe to say we spent way too much time in the store, looking at just about everything, and wishing we could take these prices back to Australia. I mean, it’s crazy! A 24-can pack of soda costs $6 in America, while that would easily run $20 in Australia! How?! It’s just soda?!

Then, there are the interesting finds like the freezer sections filled with Mexican food. *drools*

mexican food in walmart

Oh, and let’s not forget the things that just seem strange to Pat, like flapjacks and sausage on a stick.

pancakes and sausage stick

Super Walmart is something I consider essential America because it shows how we like it big, cheap and convenient. It’s like the motto of our entire trip in the USA.

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8 Responses to Day 156: Introducing Pat to a Piece of American Culture

  1. Adam @ SitDownDisco June 12, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    Artificial Blueberry flavoured pancakes and sausage on a stick is not something I expect in a Western country! Surely it is a joke! And besides, who eats that stuff? I do believe I would have to give those bad boys a try. 🙂

    Do they sell fresh produce at Walmart or just packaged stuff?

  2. Megan June 12, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    Well Sydney will have a Costco in just a few weeks…but I have a feeling it just can’t compare to Walmart? 😀

    I’m headed to Guatemala via LA in a few days (um, ash cloud permitting) and I am going basically with an empty backpack – this post doesn’t just apply to food, it applies to clothes, too! On both my trips to the US I’ve found there’s a much wider variety and for much, much cheaper. I can’t wait.

    Can you imagine if they opened a Walmart in Australia? People would go crazy insane for it. It’s probably just a matter of time!

  3. bethany June 14, 2011 at 4:22 am #

    oh geez! That is the worst America has to offer. Pat get out and RUN as fast as you can! hahaha… Walmart is definitely a trip but it’s horrible how cheap all the crap food is in the US and how expensive all the healthy food is. I thin it’s a crime and contributes to the horrible food lifestyle we have here. It’s an embarrassment to our country – really it is. Sad, Sad.

    • Brooke June 14, 2011 at 4:33 am #

      I know, I know. It was fun going, though, just to see how things roll here in the US of A 🙂 Healthy food seems to be expensive in Oz, too, which sucks balls.

  4. bethany June 14, 2011 at 4:44 am #

    oh it’s always a trip for sure. did you take him through the crazy book section? All the books in the walmart here are about how we are all going to burn in hell. It’s crazy! Oh man, expensive in Oz too? That sucks mega big balls! hahaha 🙂

  5. Tony June 14, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    What the hell is blueberry sausage on a stick?! I hope you made Pat try these…

  6. Rebecca June 14, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    Going to stores like this in different countries is one of my favorite things to do!!! Hope you guys had a good time

    (and I am sure you know, but Target in the US is not owned by the same company in Australia, so I don’t consider them the same at all, just happen to have the same name as the quality is Australia is so much worse then the US!)

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