Literally, this is a post-post post script.
On Tuesday, I received a package from Maria the Dentist, sent from Brazil (muito obrigada!). There was no customs valuation on it, only a small form declaring in Portuguese that it contained soap. This package arrived at my door in 13 days (there is no indication of when it was received in Spain). Jacque O, a new friend, received on Monday, a pair of Fit Flop shoes, ordered from the United Kingdom. They took several weeks to arrive and came to her door. She paid no extra tax or duties.
What are we to make of this? Is Spain discriminating against the USA, postally speaking? There’s a good chance this is so. Neither Brazil nor the UK, like the US, are part of the European Union and yet their packages slide through like a kid in a water park. Hmmmm …. food for thought.
The US government has also declared peanut butter a “liquid” for postal purposes so those State Department employees living overseas can no longer receive care packages in a Jif. If you are living in Africa, this is almost reason enough to cut your assignment short and return to the land of crunchy and creamy.
Question: are you crunchy or creamy? What is your favorite brand of peanut butter?