Saturday, July 30, 2011

Good times at Godt Brød

I was lucky enough to get a job at an organic bakery while in Stavanger this summer. Although I definitely would not say the weather was very summery. I never even got the chance to wear shorts or go to the beach! But that didn't matter because I had a grand ole time icing cinnamon buns and buttering organic foccacia rolls. Every morning at 8.55 I would roll down the hill on my aunts bike, and arrive at bakery full of freshly baked boller and cute staff dressed as Norwegian milk maids. It was such a cozy way to spend the day, good food, super funny staff and a chance to improve the standard Norwegian coffee. There were a lot of cute customers (only a few grumpy bums); I loved all the older ladies who came in for morning tea, ordered black filter coffee and boller and would had a serious chat about the weather. Meeting Australians was also hilarious. They never asked me if I was Australian from my accent!? Being in the city centre Australian tourists often came in looking for an egg and bacon breakfast. I told them eggs and bacon didn't exist in Norway but I could make them a bloody good Norwegian breakfast sandwich. I won them over every time. I noticed when making sandwiches that women always knew exactly what they wanted while men where much less picky about what they wanted on their sandwich. Women were also much more likely to complain if they weren't totally satisfied. Norwegain men need to man up! The most popular sandwich for both men and women a like was prawns, mayo and lemon. I totally agree, it's delicious. At the end of the day I would ride my aunts bike back up the hill with a couple of baguettes sticking out the front basket. 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

First impressions of Perth

I arrived back in Perth 5am this mid winter morning to a comfortable 10 degrees. You call this winter Perth?! Where are the icy roads and woollen underwear? Then I saw that the number plates have started to start with the letter "D", finally moved past the letter "C", where they have been stuck for several years. The skyline has a new building which adds/ blocks the view, not sure if I like it yet. The local supermarket has a new deli section that sells espresso coffee? Interesting. I am sceptical and intrigued to taste it. Australians talk a load of rubbish. We use the words "like", "kind of", "honestly" and "literally" WAY too much, they make us sound stupid. Curtin University has new "filtered" water fountains, especially so we can save the environment; exciting stuff. There were a lot of old vegetables in the fridge. I threw them away. Nothing has really changed. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Happy 21st Alex

21 things I love about Alex

  1. she makes an amazing roasted vege cous cous salad
  2. she can run faster than I can ride a bike
  3. she is a master at abusing Chilean taxi drivers when they try to scam her
  4. she introduced me to the Cambodian seafood hotpot and Vietnamese poh
  5. she tried to make me run away from school when I was 8 to go her house and see a cat
  6. she converted me to a be a lover of the marmalade and vegemite on toast combination for breakfast
  7. she loves an adventure
  8. she works hard
  9. she is good at putting out fires made by 21 year old stoves
  10. her family is super cool and sweet
  11. she is an experts on worms
  12. she writes long awesome letters on colourful paper with glitter
  13. she likes manzanas jugosas
  14. she loves red lipstick
  15. she appreciates good coffee and good foam
  16. she disapproves of drug dealers in Bolivian prisons
  17. she wears havianas in the middle of European winters
  18. she did an amazing project on Haile Gebrselassie in year 5
  19. she can made uber delicious homemade chai
  20. she smells of Miss Dior Cherie
  21. we'll always be friends, even after arguing about water and washing