Okay, so this should be the last post about grocery shopping. But there is yet another way we can get food and I just had to tell you about all of them! Let me tell you a bit more about the New Tribes set up over here first. We live at Sobega. Sobega is about 5 miles from the town of Goroka, which is where we flew in and where the market and the stores from the other posts are. Another 5 miles or so past Sobega from town is a New Tribes base called Lapilo. That is where the school is and many other New Tribes families live there as well. To be perfectly honest I’m not sure why some people live here and some live there. I think Lapilo might be the base for all of PNG and Sobega is just the base for the highlands region, but I’m not totally sure. I’m sure I’ll figure that out. But the reason why that is relevant to this grocery shopping post is because there is a grocery store at Lapilo that is just for missionaries. In this store are some things similar to what we can find in Goroka, but there are also lots of American things that get shipped in and can only be bought here. Things like peanut butter, cereal, doritos, mayo, etc. I was surprised to see the array of American stuff they had. It was much cleaner and smelled better than the other stores,too. Apparently here, and at the other stores, the items stocked are not consistent though. People kept telling us “if you see it, buy it, because it might not be there next time!”
What the store looks like. Its just a small little room with short shelves.
Apple Juice: $9.822
Some of the prices were crazy expensive! Of course prices for food everywhere in PNG are expensive, not just at the Lapilo store. Check out a few of the prices. These prices are in US dollars, not kina, so what you see here is the US amount.
Peanut Butter: $7.084
That’s right, $16 for a bag of brown sugar. I sadly had to pass on that one. Fortunately I found molasses so I can make a substitute!
It is kind of nice to know that there are some treats available. Even if they are expensive, after being here a while it might seem worth it!