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.