Sunday, February 24, 2008

One of the many differences

We are out of groceries.
I need to go to the store.
I did not go to the store today.
Brent and I went out to eat.
We went just down the street to one of the bajillion little cafe type restaurants in our area. They serve traditional Jewish food. It was great. We had goulash with mashed potatoes and green beans.
As we are sitting there eating I see something move in the corner of my eye. I look up and in a chair against a wall is a black cat. It looked like it had just woken up from a nap and was licking it's paws. It made me pause for a moment. I wondered if it was a stray that wandered in. Then I noticed the waitress spoke fondly to it as she walked by. I was pretty sure it was not a stray. Then I continued eating my delicious dinner.
This would never fly in the good old U.S. of A. Talk about Health Code violations. But it's pretty common around here. People take their dogs into restaurants with them, usually only sitting in the outdoor seats but in the winter those outdoor seats are enclosed. They go into the pharmacy with them, into the kiosks. Someplaces have a spot where you can tie your dog up outside the door but you just never know when you are going to see an animal inside a store. This is just one of those many differences between here and the States.


terriH said...

I would love it if we could do that here in the states. Casey loves to go in the car with us and so she would enjoy going to the grocery store, coffee place, etc. The only thing is that she thinks everyone might attack us so she like to act all big and bad when she see someone else she doesn't know. She'll bark and be all gruff like her whopping 5.5 lbs can take on the human. She's a great little "guard" dog as far as trying to protect us. But all someone would have to do is step on her and that would be it. (Assuming they could catch her...she is so fast!)

Anyhoo...I'm just sayin' I would love to be able to take her more places with me.


Kim Heinecke said...

I'm not an animal lover. I don't want to be licked by dogs or children (babies are okay). Personally I'm glad this won't fly in the US. (Sorry to those of you who love the 4-legged friends!)

Summer said...

When we ate lunch in Ecuador, one day we had a weasel running under our legs. (Natalie can vouch for this.)