No, not crickets.
My biggest fear in moving over here… and I thought about this a lot, really pondered it and let it soak in… and still my biggest fear was:
what if there was no Target / Wal-Mart type place?
So in the tradition of Yael-being-utterly-surprised-and-delighted-at-one-thing-each-day-in-the-UK, imagine the good laugh I had last week when I took the Tube all the way to Argos, the store everyone says is the go-to for EVERYTHING, and I walk in to its broad facade, large gleaming store letters, fluorescent lighting howdoyoudo, and…
it’s not a store at all. Or at least not like what we’re used to in the acres of possibility in a Target. At Argos, you are simply allowed to go to one of fifty little stations, flip through a catalog the size of a phone book, write all your item numbers down on a piece of paper, and someone retrieves them for you. Or delivers them. Don’t get me wrong, I love Argos. You can get everything you can get at Wal-Mart, minus the semi-automatic rifles. Since guns are illegal here. Which is ridiculous. Why would you EVER want to deter a shooting spree at a high school????
But I digress.