The Perfect “Penny Candy” Shop
When I was growing up, I used to love to independently run down to the corner shop where I would take my dime or quarter and fill up on penny candy or other snacks, like Hostess cupcakes. A dime would get you a Hershey’s plain chocolate bar and a quarter would be a drink and an assortment of candies. I didn’t do this often, but often enough.
This window shop in Tunisia reminds me of that time. The great thing about it is you can just buy the amount that you can afford. In the States nowadays, you can still buy these items: candy, nuts, sunflower seeds, but they come packaged and I’m sure they cost upwards of a dollar, maybe two. It’s just not the same.
While traveling through the Turkey, and other parts of the Mid-East, I have often come across people in ruins, churches, other tourist sites, and especially the men will greet me and pull a handful of sunflower or pumpkin seeds out of their pockets to share with me. It’s so welcoming, so touching.