Friday, 26 April 2013


Even though I love Brisbane to bits, there are a few things I really miss about Norway and that I've been enjoying to it's fullest now that I've been back home.

Norwegian-style waffles with brown cheese
- and bubbles, of course! ;)
Some things you just have to accept will not be possible to find or do in Australia (it is an island on the other side of the planet, after all!), like drinking ice cold, pure water from the tap or making snow angels after the first snow-fall during winter (pause here for a *sigh* at the thought of fond memories). I have, however, discovered that there are quite a few things you can actually get hold of even though you are 14,358 km away - and that makes it just a bit easier being so far away from home! :)

First off - did you know that the Norwegian Church Abroad has their own church store in Sydney selling Norwegian food/products, and that they also ship across Australia? Ok, so they don't ship cheese or meat (understandable), but oh man how I rejoiced when I realized I was just a few clicks away from a delivery of yummy salty licorice, Daim chocolate, Smash, Lingonberry jam, Kvikk lunch and other Norwegian delights! If you're lucky enough to live in, or travel to, Sydney you can also feast on brown cheese and the Norwegian Holy Grail of cheese - Norvegia. 

Living in Brisbane I have been dreaming about something similar opening up a bit more close to home, when I was recently made aware of a store called Swedish Goodies located in Surfers Paradise, just an hour's drive away. Now, there has always been a sort of feud between the Norwegians and the Swedish, resulting in a fair bit of rivalry and even it's own genre of jokes. The fact that Norway was betrayed by it's neighboring country when Sweden invaded us in 1814 might also have had something to do with it. But let's not dwell in the past - because I forgive them! The brown cheese and Norvegia that can't be sent from Sydney is now just a short drive away, in this wonderful gem of a store! Plus a number of other goodies that has your mind instantly teleporting back to fjords, mountains and snow, as you're sitting in the sun with your home-made lunch packet enjoying ballerina cookies and cloudberry jam! Thank you Sweden! :) <3

Do you know of any stores selling Scandinavian products / food in Australia?

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