Day 924: Closing Supermarkets

Sunday evening stroll to the local big Lidl supermarket in Splott that I know hides loads of cheap and great-tasting food… la-la-laa… all looks fine. It has become colder, the sun that caressed all the runners earlier has gone into hiding around 5pm and the wind is picking up speed. I stand in front of the automatic doors, struck for a moment. Why aren’t those things opening? I lift my head from the phone I had been staring at (it’s not a habit to stare at the phone, promise). The lights are not on. Sunday opening times: 9am-4pm. Well, what? I have been away from the UK for a while and have probably forgotten how they operate around here. They dare to close the big supermarkets once the weekend afternoon hits. Hmm. It is odd that around here it is the bigger stores (although we had a 24/7 ASDA in Bristol), the small Tesco Express stores stay open. I don’t condemn anyone for wanting to have the Sunday evening off and actually appreciate that companies allow their employees to spend some more time with their families. Closing the bigger stores possibly means that more people (as more employees in the big ones) can enjoy themselves. It is a good thing, really, I just need to get used to it once again.

In Estonia, usually, the smaller local shops close. Even in our small town, we have two bigger grocery stores open from 7am and 8am until 10pm and 11pm. Every single day. They might have shorter workdays around holidays, cannot really remember because I buy holiday food in advance and try and stay away from the supermarkets at those rush hours. But the big supermarkets do not close. I believe that the people would be quite angry if that happened. “How come can’t I go to the supermarket late in the evening, whenever I feel like it?” they would say. People have become spoilt. Even more so after several stores in the capital are now open 24/7. Maybe it’s because we are still a growing nation? We got out independence back only 27 years ago, so please do forgive us!

Progress Report

1. Own and live in a house.

Continued the journey on my money wisdom education path and listened to some more podcasts while on my way to university and back (5K each way, a good walk). Realised that we truly need to reshape our company if we want to be successful instead of being prisoners in a prison that we built ourselves.

2. Write AND publish a book.

Finished reading H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds and discussed it in the workshop. Found it a bit hard to read because of the rather impersonal, “character-less” narrator, who simply reports the events without any emotions. I couldn’t relate to him. And the book is way too visual for my liking. I mean, all those descriptions about how the Martian machinery works require imagining it in your mind’s eye. I’m not a very visual person, I cannot do it. Obviously, this book does make one hell of a visual film with special effects (oh, and there have been many!).

Also, wrote a short piece of sci-fi fiction myself. Topic: the alien other, related to our discussion. I couldn’t start hearing the voice of the character at first. I couldn’t come up with a single idea. Then, it hit me. An onion. The Earth is an onion. Don’t ask, but I might share that short piece soon once I polish it.

3. Win a major race.

In the running world, I chose to have a rest day. Due to the long run (17.6 km, 1.5 hours) the day before and the strengthening exercises that I did afterwards, my body was tired in the morning. Oh, that fatigue! Maybe it’s also because I really got something like 33,000 steps in on Sunday… Monday, however, did see me walking up the hill to the Cyncoed campus and then back down again. But… only 16,000 steps.

Photo of the Day

Houses in a row. A typical sight in the UK but I am still amazed at this form of living so close together. Estonians would never do it.

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