Living in Honduras or Guatemala as a foreigner is sometimes hard, mostly fun and never boring. This Blog is about more than just the oddities of my years in the not-so tranquil, cobble-stoned town of Copán Ruinas and, more recently, Antigua Guatemala. Hence Serendipity, the gift of finding without seeking…
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Things I hate in Honduras: Milk in a bag
might not seem to be a big grievance, but since it’s a frequently reoccurring
one, it actually is.
in a bag.
impossible to keep it in the fridge without spilling. It’s not easy to pour
from a full bag of milk either. And there is no way you can drink straight out
of the bag. Not to mention that they often leak, all the way from the store to
hate milk in a bag.
long after I came to live in Honduras,
about fifteen years ago, I visited a friend in Tegucigalpa. She had a special milk
container. It was just an oval sized pitcher, slightly bigger than a bag of
milk, with a handle on one side. So you put the bag in the pitcher, cut off a
corner and pour. Perfect! Since then, I’ve never stopped looking for a similar
“milk pitcher”. To no avail. Although the country is inundated by all kinds of
plastic pots, tubs, buckets and other brightly coloured vessels from China, the milk
container seems to be extinct. So my milk bags keep slouching over in the door
of my fridge, leaking its contents over jars of olives and pearl onions onto
the floor. My dog doesn’t mind, but I do. And there’re not a lot of fun crafts to
do either, with an empty milk bag…
another nuisance, related to the topic: the Christmas packaging. Every year,
the two big milk companies, Sula and Leyde, come out with a Christmas edition
of their milk bag, usually with a red coated reindeer, some bells and snowflakes.
But they always print way too many of those bags, so we drink “Christmas Milk”
way into February, when summer has already started. Great publicity.
never thought that a simple milk carton could be a subject of nostalgia…