A Trip to the Grocery Store in Malmö, Sweden

Hello SHABL,

Today is going to be a bit different than usual as I have made a vlog for you! Definitely not as cool as the latest one Rob produced, but it’s a start.

Things have been pretty boring here for me in Sweden the past few weeks as I have been working tirelessly on my Master thesis. Not very conducive to “good times”, so I have to try and make all the routine things I usually do somehow more interesting. For this particular episode I decided to bring my camera along (iPhone, actually) to the grocery store and do a little tour to show you some Swedish essentials.

After living in a different country for two years it is easy to start taking for granted some of the stuff you are able to buy that simply isn’t available in a lot of other places.

So here is my tribute to some of the most popular Swedish food products…and ABBA.  Hope you like it!

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  1. Rob

    August 22, 2012 at 9:44 am

    I am sure I speak on behalf of everyone, we want to see you eating that stink fish or at the very least, drinking it’s sweet sweet nectar.

    • Larissa

      August 22, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      You just may, you just may…

    • charlie

      August 22, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      Indeed. It would be very unSHABLesque to point out that extraordinary fish and not cook it up on a hot day.

      • Larissa

        August 23, 2012 at 1:21 am

        Charlie, have you ever had an encounter with surströmming? That stuff is serious business that takes hours, days, and in some cases years of mental preparation before eating. Not something you just throw in the basket and crack open the minute you walk out the store. It would be tragic however for me or my actions to be considered unSHABLesque though. Hmmmm…

        • charlie

          August 23, 2012 at 10:02 am

          I have not. I think that’s a negative? Just giving you some food for thought.

          • Larissa

            August 23, 2012 at 12:13 pm

            It’s a “guess you will have to wait and see” 😉

  2. Megan

    August 22, 2012 at 9:47 am

    i loved this vlog! and im impressed at how much larger grocery stores are in sweden as opposed to norway. cant wait to get back to oslo b/c im doing my shopping in sweden i swear (and its sooo much cheaper there!)

    they eat sill here too (sild in norwegian) and they are the smelliest things ever. ive tried it…its not horrible, but its not the best thing ive ever had by any means. and it does stink up an entire room.

    my only problem with your video was the abba. i tried muting it when i heard it and realized that i couldnt exactly listen to the video if it was muted. but i guess if you have had to be pained with abba all these years of living in sweden i could suck it up for a little bit and hear some dancing queen. still has nothing on groove theory though 😉

    • Larissa

      August 22, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      Thank you and actually that is a pretty small ICA compared to some of the others. They must be seriously small in Norway! I really have no problem with the sill, especially when it is mixed in with potatoes and tons of sour cream but trust me the smell from those is nothing compared to surströmming aka smelly fish from hell.

      Apologize for the ABBA, didn’t know you weren’t down with some Dancing Queen. It was a toss up between them and Ace of Base. Groove Theory might be a little too slow jammy for a vlog but Paula Abdul on the other hand…think I just may have to throw her on the next time.

  3. travelyn

    August 22, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Always interesting to visit a grocery store in a foreign country. I explored a grocery store in China, this was a real fun experience, but one I wouldn’t missed. Keep working on your thesis and all the best.

    • Larissa

      August 23, 2012 at 1:08 am

      Hi Lyn! At first I was thinking “maybe this is too boring for SHABL” but then I realized that was only because it has become such a routine thing for me. First couple of months here it took me twice the amount of time in the store because I was exploring more than grocery shopping. Glad you found it interesting and thank you, I will most certainly keep working to put this thesis behind me 🙂

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