Before I begin with today´s adventure, I need to show you what will greet you when you enter our home Haraldsgade in Herning because I am so proud of this!
My dear friends, Dustin and Shelly, gave Mads and me the ultimate wedding gift. It is framed picture of NØRGAARD but not just with ordinary letters! The three of us have been friends for many years, so each of the 8 letters in my new last name is a black and white photo that they took from a sign that has personal meaning to the three of us. Some of the letters are easy to associate like the "O" represented by the Starbucks symbol...but others are location jokes that only we understand, which is what makes the gift so special. Not only does it represent my new name and hang in a place of prominence in my new home, but it is a constant reminder of the memories I have created with these two friends over the years in Allen, Texas. I cannot wait for visitors to see this and ask about it!
Now for today´s adventure... we set out today with one thing planned...for me to have my first real shopping experience in Denmark. We headed to the kitchen appliance store first...to look at new coffee pots as well as the kitchen things that I will need when I get here. We need a new coffee pot because the one Mads has only makes 10 cups and does not have a timer...so either we get one with a timer, or he will have to run downstairs each morning to turn it on when we wake up! LOL
I also needed to find my 2 main kitchen appliances...a rice cooker and a crock pot. You may ask yourself why on earth I would list a rice cooker as one of my main appliances....well, just remember, I AM A CAJUN GIRL.... nuff said.
We found the rice cooker (for 60 bucks!!) at the third store we went to, but discovered that Crock Pots AKA Slow Cookers do not exist in Denmark!! Not sure how I will make pot roast in the future, but I guess that is a worry for another day!
The most exciting part of buying the rice cooker was that I bought it with my DANKORT! My Danish visa check card! I have discovered over the last year that my regular check card does not work all over Denmark so Mads opened me an account at the bank and ordered me my own DanKort....and after depositing money in my account today, I was able to use it for the first time!! Woo hoo! So now my money IS good in Jutland!!
Then came the exiting part of the day... the grocery store. We went to 3 different stores so I could see the differences between them and then actually bought our groceries at the last one. I am trying to stay very open-minded and not say "but in America...." and I am also trying my hardest NOT to think about how much each price is in American dollars. Nichole told me that if I did that, I would make myself sick over how much things cost! First stop in the grocery store...TOILETRIES! There are just some things a woman has got to have and when you use the same brands for YEARS, you become quite accustomed to them. For instance..DEODERANT. I am not a stickler for the brand (although I am definitely a Lady Speed Stick kind of gal) but I do demand one thing.... A STICK! And here is what I found in all three stores:
STICKS DO NOT EXIST FOR WOMEN! Guess I will stock up before I move!
Next stop...shave gel. Although I have used SKINTIMATE GEL for YEARS, I could switch to some other brand as long as it was comparable to what I like... so I give you...
Gillette Satin Care for women...
not a bad substitution...until I saw the price... in American dollars, it comes out to being about 9 bucks for the same sized can.....you have got to be kidding me!
But then came the worse discovery of the day...
Unless I get pregnant or go through menopause before I move, this last item is quite important to me.... again, one of those comforts of life you just get used to... well, after much searching, I can now announce that
Tampax PEARL Tampons cannot be found in Jutland.... what am I going to do??!!
The stress was building... the idea of being flexible, quickly fading. I already knew I would have to import my JIF peanut butter and my hazlenut coffee, but all my personal items as well? I am going to have to buy stock in Fed Ex!
The last discovery of the day was perhaps the toughest of them all. I have had pink and white nails for about the last ten years... I never go longer than three weeks without having them filled and I knew that it would be more expensive to maintain this in Denmark. We kept joking and saying that I could afford to pay double for this because it was so important to me..
Well, we went by one of the salons here in Herning, just to find out what the typical price would be for this "necessity"....
Here is the price comparison for my nails---hope you are sitting down.
A new set in Dallas ... $35
A fill every 2 to 3 weeks ... $30
A new set in Denmark ... $700 DK (which is $140 American Dollars)
A fill every 2 to 3 weeks in Denmark ... $625 DK (which is $125 American Dollars)
Seeing my face when I realized I will not get to keep my nails ... PRICELESS.
So alas, things are different....very different. Not necessarily bad....just different. The next few months will prove to be very interesting as I shed the nails, stock up on the Lady Speed STICK and figure out how to get Tampax to add PEARLS to their regular shipments to Denmark!!
I think I may need to find a support group..especially as I face the NAIL SHEDDING TRAUMA! Anyone know of a good therapist??!!
I am headed to bed.....my last night here before I head west at 6am Wednesday morning. Leaving is filled with mixed emotions as the thought of leaving Mads and Herning hurts like hell but the thought of seeing Jess and Albert makes my day....I think I am living the ultimate definition of BITTERSWEET.