Our apartment was just a few blocks’ walk to ‘downtown’ Västerås. Every few days, I walked to the grocery store (usually the Coop in the Igor building). The Coop was in the lower level of the building, right next to a Systembolaget, the liquor store. Shopping for wine and beer is so easy in Sweden. The merchandise is arranged as you would expect: beer in one area, spirits in another, and wine in a third area. But it goes further. Everything is labeled with a price (of course), a description (handy, but in Swedish), an animal symbol (to let you know how to pair it), and a flag (for country in which it was produced). The wine bottles are further organized on the shelves by price: 0 – 69sek, 70 – 99sek, 100+ sek. Wines in each price range are divided by type of grape. This makes wine shopping so easy.
As I mentioned, I walked to the store so my purchases were limited to what I could carry home. When we made dinner for guests, I would make a few trips to the store. I wonder just what the Systembolaget cashiers thought when I made multiple purchases in one day, just separated by an hour or so. Did they think that I left, consumed what I had purchased, and came back for more?