Hunting for Bagels
There are some things you have to give up. There are some things you absolutely will not give up. When I moved to Gothenburg, I knew there were going to be sacrifices which would have to be made. I knew I’d no longer enjoy International Coffee creamer in my morning/afternoon/evening coffee. I’d miss those wild New England thunderstorms. And lord knows, I would probably rarely, if ever, see a dirty martini made the way my favorite bartender in Connecticut makes it. (Sweden just doesn’t understand the dirty martini.)
In place of these sacrifices, I gained other things:
- Two beautiful Swedish kittens. They are my joy.
- Heart shaped ice cubes in a plastic bag. Brilliant! Love them. (Seriously, you fill a shape separated plastic bag with water and freeze it. You can get a variety of shapes so your cubes are custom made.)
- Long long summer days and beautiful Scandinavian skies.
- Herring, which I grant you, took a bit of getting used to … but now I couldn’t live without.
- And one of the best things. Fika!
But still, there are those things which you simply can’t live without. For me, it’s bagels. It’s almost impossible to find bagels in Gothenburg. Who would have thought? Aren’t bagels international?
There were times when my guy would literally traverse the city looking for bagels for me. Yup, he’s a nice guy. For weeks, we hunted for bagels. Finally, when we discovered the market where we can buy them (it’s truly a hit or miss situation), they aren’t those wonderful NY style bagels but a bit heavier. A bit doughier. No matter … beggars can’t be choosers. Right?
At this point, I’m very happy to have what I have. My bagels, albeit a bit substandard to what I was used to, are now adorned with Philly cream cheese (yes, they have that here), tomato and capers. Absolutely wonderful.
Sacrifices made indeed, but in doing so, it all turns out ok. One thing replaces another. You just have to keep your priorities in place and never give up on the hunt for bagels … or whatever it is that truly matters to you. Make it work!