The Norwegian BBQ


Source: "The Social Guidebook to Norway"

The first time I was invited to a BBQ in Norway

I marinaded pork tenderloin in Maple Syrup

And brought a bottle of sparkling wine for everyone to enjoy

I was looking forward to let my new Norwegian friends experience my Canadian recipe

And was curious to try some Norwegian food

The BBQ did not go exactly as planned

Everyone did bring some food

But Norwegians ate their own food

Only their own food

And it felt like they were uncomfortable accepting some sparkling wine

They all drank their own alcohol

And those who did not drink everything they had taken

Took it back home with them

 

Norwegians like to keep their independence

Friendships and relationships are to a leaser extend based on giving and receiving

 They rather have a tendency to be based on doing activities together where everyone contributes but does not owe to others

Our books explains how to make friends in Norway and how Norwegian friends interact

They set the basis for successful relationships in Norway

 

By Julien S. Bourrelle

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