If you’ve spent any time in Europe, you know they don’t use a lot of ice. In fact, I would say one of the only places where I’m asked if I would like ice with my drink is on an airplane. My freezer is the size of three shoe boxes, so I don’t even bother to take up space making ice cubes.
The other day, I purchased a glass water pitcher to use at my Friendsgiving celebration. (A step up from my orange Brita.) I decided I needed to find some ice, so last night I went down to my gas station / grocery store. I asked in French if they had ice, since I didn’t see any outside. The woman said, “no.” No?! What kind of gas station doesn’t sell ice?! Apparently, the Swiss kind.
I asked where I could buy ice, and another man told me the locations of another gas station chain that sells it.
Sure enough, they had 5kg bags of ice. I lugged one inside to pay, and the woman told me I don’t have to do that in the future. I can pay and then put it in my car directly. I didn’t even have time to react to this instruction, because that was the moment I saw the cost…11.50 CHF (approx. $12 USD)!!!! WHAT?!
Apparently, selling ice is a lucrative business here. Who knew?