Being new the to the country, Gisle and I still have not purchased many of the "essential" products that we need to cook and generally get things done at home. Last night at the grocery store, I wanted to pick up a bag of ice so we could have some gin & juice on the rocks (our household cocktail of choice), and we have not yet acquired any icecube trays for the freezer.
Gisle informed me that they simply do not sell ICE in Norway.
I think my jaw dropped. In my frustration, I may have said something about this being a stupid country. I just wanted a cold cocktail, okay?
Come to find out, these days there are some grocery markets that sell bags of ice, according to my new neighbor and friend. However, I'm told that only college students throwing huge parties bother to buy them. And to Gisle's credit, it's only been a couple of years since frozen water could be purchased in stores here, and he's been in the US all that time.
My neighbor introduced me to a strange and wonderful Norwegian product tonight, which she brought home for me: