Shopping like a Canadian in Grand Forks.

I may have mentioned in previous posts that the prices of some food items are more expensive in Norway. It turns out that the locals have found a way to offset these higher prices; they shop in Sweden. Apparently, most food items, liquor, clothing, etc. are less expensive down south of us. We are fortunate to know a few locals, and a couple of these friends, Britt and Astrid, were kind enough to let me accompany them on a recent shopping trip to the country to the south.

After driving 45 minutes (I made a mental note of this in order to more accurately describe the experience to my readers) we arrived at our first store; a store which more than faintly resembles a certain Happy Harry’s in Grand Forks. As we approached the entrance, one of my friends made the observation that there were many Norwegians there. How she knew that, I do not know. It was at that moment, though, that I began to feel like a Canadian in North Dakota. As we entered this store, I am sure I had the same look that I have on my face while shopping for adult beverages in our own version of it: one of lost wonder at all of the options.

Our next store was a large grocery store, MaxiMat (loosely translated “Large Food), and we split up to fill our carts. I did not let the fact that most of the items cost significantly less than back in Moss influence my decisions. Much. In fact, the only item I bought in their American Food aisle was a small (only choice-small) jar of Skippy Peanut Butter. I limited my items to about two bags worth of groceries that we COULD buy in Moss, but were much more budget-friendly here in the country to the south. (or east, depending on where one is in Norway)

That’s is for now.

The American Aisle in Maximat.

The American Aisle in Maximat.

Preparation of smørbrød in the outer deli cafe.

Preparation of smørbrød in the outer deli cafe.

Bathroom, anyone?

Bathroom, anyone?

A sampling of the items I bought in Sweden.

A sampling of the items I bought in Sweden.

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