People have said they come here to read about how life in ADD is different than life in the place they're living. This is especially true for people who are thinking about visiting or even moving to ADD. Since spending some time back in the US, I've noticed how different the approach to retail is.
In the US there are HUGE stores, called "big-box" retail. They have names like Best Buy (consumer electronics), Target (everything), Home Depot (home improvement), and Safeway (groceries). These stores are each as big as a football field, with ceilings 10 meters high. Let's use Home Depot as our example of the differences in approach. Let's say we're trying to buy a bathroom sink (something I have actually done in Ethiopia). At Home Depot they have a giant plumbing/bathroom section. There will be roughly 30-50 sinks of every size, color, price, and quality. The selection is endless. There will be nobody there to help you pick one out, though, so good luck on your own.
Let's contrast this with sink-shopping in Addis. For that kind of thing you go to the Kasangis (spelling anyone?) neighborhood where there are lots and lots of very small plumbing shops. Each shop is about the size of a one-stall garage in the US. Each shop has roughly the same three bathroom sinks as the one next to it. There will be at least one person at each shop, ready to help you pick something out, or to answer all your questions. I don't understand how each little shop makes money. I don't understand how you pick on shop over another, other than by price.