This got me thinking. When you leave your home country, you start to realize that there are a lot of things you just knew before, that suddenly you find you have to think about. Like what to put in the laundry machine.
We had a lovely BBQ in our yard with the neighbors this week, and I couldn't figure out why the "hamburger" patties looked like cardboard waffles. I also entirely missed the fact that we had mayonnaise available, because apparently in Norway mayo comes in weird medicinal tubes:
Unexpected Things I Miss
1. Stop lights
What?? No, really. This week I found myself missing good old red/yellow/green stop lights. Bergen has a seriously weird number of roundabouts, which I find slightly uncomfortable, since I feel all these people must know some roundabout rules that I am unaware of. Don't worry, Gisle is giving me driving lessons, and soon I will be a roundabout master.
2. Gas Stoves
Now, this may be more misinformation passed on to me by my dear husband, but apparently Norwegians don't really have gas ovens/stoves. I realized I've become spoiled by our gas burners in San Francisco, and cooking on an electric range is just not the same. My friends from the San Francisco Cooking School will share my pain.
3. Iced Tea Dispensers
It sounds crazy, but I have been to every kitchen supply place Gisle could come up with, and nobody anywhere can point me in the direction of an iced tea dispenser. I am missing mine, oh so much. Making tiny batches of iced tea just doesn't cut it.
Well, that is enough whining for one post.
Until next time, vi snakkes!