I forgot about the snacks! Every day between 5 and 6 (i.e., about an hour before dinner), they bring out snacks in the MSR pantry. Typically there are two kinds of juice (e.g., watermelon, mango, grape, pomegranate) or milkshakes (that’s what they call them, but I don’t think they have ice cream in them), a variety of sandwichs (Bombay*, fruit, chili and cheese), potato chips (which they just call chips, in spite of the English influence), and some kind of “salad” slathered in something like mayonnaise.
The sandwiches and chips come in little take-away boxes with 2 sandwiches and a handful of chips each. This is a silly system, since the chips are more popular than the sandwichs—everybody just digs through the boxes for a pile of chips and you end up having to search for them in various opened boxes with untouched sandwiches.
In addition to the evening snacks, the pantry is always stocked with half a dozen kinds of fruit, a similar selection of cookies, raw almonds, soft drinks, coconut water, and of course, coffee and tea. So basically, I sit around all day and eat delicious junk food. It’s all so… un-American.
* I still haven’t quite figured out what a Bombay sandwich is. It’s grilled and it has a variety of vegetables inside it and it’s somewhat spicy.