Story of one carrot in the jar 🙂
I would love to tell you that even I have been asking many questions before coming to Venezuela. I have never thought that something basic like is jar vegetables would be an issue here. So I have never asked whether there is something like that over here. And well surprise…. it took us very long time to found some jar food which would not be some type of fruit. When Carlos asked for first time in a big store whether they do have vegetables in jar for kids the lady looked at him in a way that he is asking for pickled alien or something weird like that. Just much later we realised that it is not common to have salty jar food for babies and you have to search a lot to find some. They import it from Spain…..foreign habits 🙂 Here the mothers are used to cook only fresh food and also they have to work since the babies are about 3 month age so they let their angels in the preschool where they cook for them. They do not have much time to travel with their little once like I did with Edie and Carlos (2 days in a car is an issue for not fully breastfed baby like Edie was in his 8 month age)
For me it was a bit shock, because I was thinking how we will travel without having pre-prepared veggies like I was used to at home. But I realised that this is not big issue here. Wherever we stopped and asked in the restaurant they were very helpful and prepared simple fresh vegetable puree for Edie. And the problem was solved. Also later he started to get used to more flavours and different kind of food so now since he reached 9 month we have easier job.
What I have learned: Never expect that something so common in your home such as jar food available in your home country does not have to be common custom in another country. Always ask before leaving your home and arriving to the new land with different manners.
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Writer: Zlata B. Vaskova