COPENHAGEN: Missed American luxuries


Should I be embarrassed that the XXXL-sized bag is what I’m used to?

Although May 17 might not seem so close for some people, I know I’ll be getting on the plane to go back home in a matter of no time. With the arrival of the new Americans this semester, I have been reminded of the luxuries I miss and look forward to having again soon.

I have realized that there are a few things from my American upbringing that I can’t seem to live without.

They are basically all food-related…

A simple trip to the grocery store often leaves me frustrated. I realize that even on a frugal student budget I still live a pretty fortunate life in America. When I was younger I remember standing in front of the full fridge claiming there was nothing to eat (what an ungrateful brat). Now, I’m happy if I have just a few things in my mini fridge. I will never take for granted how much I could get at HEB for $20 opposed to the prices here. Everything is expensive here.

I miss HEB in general, but I am also tired of having to do my shopping in the largest mall in Scandinavia as well as carrying my groceries further than the parking lot… Shopping at the mall is not ideal, but it’s the closest grocery store to me. The store is basically a more Danish and ethically sound Walmart. 

I’m fortunate enough to have a car at home and I wouldn’t imagine going grocery shopping without one. I remember walking to HEB freshman year when I didn’t have one and I was not into it. Maybe i’m just lazy.

While on the topic of food, I don’t know how much longer I can go without Tex-Mex. I haven’t been able to find black beans anywhere in this country. They sell guacamole in cans you would find bean dip in within the chip aisle. I’m scared to know what is in that can considering it is not refrigerated. It also took me a while to find a “normal” sized bag of tortilla chips and when I did, it said XXXL BIG PACK on the front.

It’s also important for me to acknowledge the dishes that house my beloved Tex-Mex. I will never take for granted having a dishwasher ever again. 

I was going to end this post with the above paragraph, but then I remembered something that I miss that is not food related! I can’t wait till I don’t have to spend $4 on only 30 minutes use of a dryer! When I first came to St. Edward’s it was weird and annoying to have to pay for it, but now that’s nothing after dealing with the prices here! 

I realize that many of these luxuries could either be the direct result of being American, lazy, or both. Regardless, i’m looking forward to enjoying some of these silly luxuries again.