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Sunday, December 19, 2021

Visiting a New ARPICO for Some Groceries

Tuk Tuk to Town

Day 33 - Today, we needed to do some grocery shopping.  We've really not gone to downtown  Minuwangoda yet.  Generally, although about two kilometers, we call a tuk-tuk driver to come for us.  The main road into town is often very busy with no sidewalks and very skinny shoulders.  I would happily use PickMe, a Sri-Lankan-specific, rideshare app for 3-wheelers through 10-passenger vans.  However, Jay's sisters maintain a relationship with local drivers and prefer to call to see who's available when they wish to go.

We headed towards downtown but rather than the usual supermarkets, we visited a new ARPICO Supercenter.  It was under construction during our last visit.   I remember that company when they sold primarily plastic and rubber products.  The company has obviously expanded its business into a chain of department stores. 

First, we stopped at a favourite fish shop.  I see that it's nestled into a space near two new pizza places.  I'm not exactly sure how I view the new propensity for western, fast food franchises here.  I guess it's not up to me to have an opinion, really.

Our Fish Shop by Pizza Places

This APICO is New to Us

More Shopping Choices

I wasn't super impressed with the groceries at the Supercentre.  However, having more options is never a bad thing, is it?  We really didn't get to the downtown area as the ARPICO sits off the road about a half kilometer this side of the clock tower.

Today there were variable clouds but the temperature reached a typical 31C.  I think the dry December weather has arrived!   You may wish for a white Christmas, but I'll happily take green, tropical vegetation any day.


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