Coming back to the States always triggers a sort of "reverse culture shock" for me. I've lived in Italy for so long that it is home and "normal" for me now. The US has become exotic for me!
One of the main shocks here is the amazing quantity of CHOICE in product offer as compared to the provincial southern Italian town I live in. I mean, we just got our first mall a couple of years ago and it is full of boutique-sized stores. Walking into a Walmart here is such a sensory overload, it makes my head spin!
But, I never expected to have the same experience in a simple little Virginia roadside farmer's market...
All I wanted was a pound of tomatoes...
I'm telling you, this tomato-mania... it's contagious!
I felt the same reverse culture shock when I was in the US this last time. Weird.
Wow! Amazing choice and I love the names!
Which kind did you end up buying:)? I can totally relate to the sensory overload feeling you describe!
To tell the truth...we gave up on the tomatoes and just got peaches! LOL!
more, more, more!
I can also relate to feeling a bit strange in the States.
In a farmer's market in the States I first learned about heirloom tomatoes of so different shapes and sizes I was absolutely amazed. You showed most of these kinds very well.
Makes me homesick!! Completely understand the reverse culture shock (yet the cop who gave me a speeding and failure to yeild ticket did not). Lovely blog!!
Thanks for stopping by the blog...and it's nice to see another american living in Italy, although you're stateside at the moment. I'm in awe of all of the tomato images....toms are my weakness!
To tell you the truth I admire the fact that you stook around.. Usually these many choices just makes me dizzy & I love food!
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