My wife and I have been travelling (so far) through Sweden in Denmark. Norway is to follow tomorrow. This has been my wife’s dream for a while, she has about 15 % genes (based on a DNA test) from the region and she claims she is ⅙ Scandinavian. I am not one to argue a DNA outcome so dutifully booked the trip back in April not envisaging the latest Omicron related complications.
The impressions so far have been great.
Being in these two countries my curiosity about the coffee culture had to be satisfied and we had several opportunities to drink coffee. What impressed me was that almost everywhere (where I have been which is not an exhaustive list at all) the machine of choice was La Marzocco. The shots were perfectly timed and very tasty (I only drink double ristrettos and the baristas did a fine job). In Copenhagen, in particular, there is a chain named Espresso House where it is a real pleasure to have your morning cup and enjoy a very relaxed atmosphere. A Starbucks across the road was almost empty that also tells a story.
The food has also not disappointed. Sea food (Sweden) and glazed pork belly (in Denmark) with the proper drinks were our choice as typical Christmas dishes. The Christmas markets offered mulled wine and Christmas beer (higher alcohol content as it seems). People are very friendly and one can sense the Covid situation, life is going on.
I have noticed that in Stockholm the water is rather soft (or have been very well softened in the hotel where we stayed, whilst in Copenhagen even the kettle gives you the impression that a good machine must be accompanied by an Osmio.
Tomorrow the journey continues on the ferry to Oslo.
I look forward to tasting the coffee in the city and enjoy the food, Norway is a country where overenjoying drinks might seriously affect your bank account :).