Despite the advent of big supermarkets and their negative impact on the economy of small shops, some of these family-run businesses manage to survive. This green grocer, or verdulería, is one of them. He sells only fruit and vegetables.

The old ways are pretty much still alive. You see housewives doing their shopping in the morning, going from the bakery to the green grocer to the pasta shop. Many still push their folding shopping carts.  Their husbands patronise the iron mongers and paint  -especially at weekends.

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Ana Astri-O’Reilly is from Argentina, where she lived until five years ago. She currently lives in Dallas, USA with her British husband, but they move a lot. Previously a translator and English and Spanish teacher, Ana first started writing to share her experiences and adventures with friends and family. She speaks Spanish, English and a smattering of Portuguese.