When one American spends 8 hours in a chartered bus with Herning Gymnasium's 30 "Seattle Kids", the conversation is bound to turn to the very typical "do they have ____ in America" Q&A. Especially when said American will be taking said 30 students TO Seattle in about five weeks.....
After disappointing them with the news of a lack of Danish licorice, rugbrød, and leverpostej, I was able to give them some hope as we talked about prices of clothes and books and electronics. They began to get more and more excited about bringing an empty suitcase with them on October 1st that they could fill with goodies during their 8 weeks' stay.
They were also a little worried when I told them that rundstykker are not readily available and that most Americans do not eat the same types of breakfasts we have in Denmark.... And that cold cuts & cheeses were more of a lunch than a breakfast in the U.S. But the disappointment faded from their faces when I mentioned that although they could not get rundstykker, they COULD get Egg McMuffins-- something that is a novelty to Danes since 99% of the McDonald's in Denmark do not serve breakfast. The excitement began to build more and more... especially when I told them the prices of these lovely warm McDonald's breakfasts!
They, of course, knew that prices were cheaper in the US, but really had no idea just how cheap until I shared the "Big Mac Index" with them! Have you heard of it? You know...it's the economic research study conducted annually by the magazine called The Economist that ranks the cost of a Big Mac in the 120 different countries in which it is sold throughout the world. (Can you believe McD's is in 120 different countries? Especially when you consider that there are only about 190-something in the entire world?!)
Anyway.... I digress.
In order to show the kids just how cheap fast food (heck ALL food) is in the US compared to DK, I told them that Denmark ranks FIFTH out of 120 of the most expensive Big Macs!
Knowing that my "Seattle Kids" are students in the Math/Physics Line at Herning Gymnasium, I predict that during their 2 months in the US, they will conduct some of their own research... maybe a Vente Vanilla Latte Index as they will be in the neighborhood of the World's Original Starbucks, or perhaps a Fisk Fillet index since they will be able to frequent Pike's Fish Market on a regular basis... Or maybe they will be too distracted scanning the streets for the employees of Seattle Grace Hospital. McDreamy DOES live in Seattle, right ? Hey, it's America---Anything is possible!