The High Cost of Hummus in Russia

The High Cost of Hummus in Russia

As I work with our Russian translator on our upcoming Russian travel language sheets, I started reading up on life in Russia and what its like to travel there. I came across this interesting blog post, Hummus is how much? The cost of living, and thought I’d share an excerpt.
Currently I subsist almost entirely on risotto, which I can cook in one pan and requires a minimum of excess water. This is important because everything has to be done with bottled water so it is a huge waste of water to boil anything. At the end of the month I will have another problem, as my room mate is going back to Japan, taking her fridge with her. No more cereal for me. . . . . . . . . In terms of fruit and vegetables, you can get most things, just possibly not when you want them. Either that, or the supermarkets near me need to fire whoever does their buying. One week they will purchase an enormous quantity of red peppers, which will proceed to slowly rot over the next few weeks, without them getting any more in. Likewise with broccoli – sometimes loads, then none for a month. Prices for some fresh foods vary from week to week, sometimes by as much as 25%, for no discernible reason.
With global food prices rising, but wages stagnant (particularly in Russia where they are a fraction of comparative wages in western countries such as the UK and US), it amazes me that people can make do, stay healthy and live with a reasonable quality of life. I’d like to visit Moscow and beyond someday, and experience the Russian culture which must feel so foreign and removed from the USA. (img h/t aweeks)
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