Nebraska Calling!

Sweden’s tourism brainiacs had a super cool idea……they created a phone number for interested parties (like me) to call to speak with a random Swede in a random place there.  As soon as I discovered this, I was determined to call Sweden.


I made that call this morning!  After a brief wait, I was connected to Olivia in Stockholm.  She was a delightful conversationalist who was happy to teach me things about her country.  When I told her I was calling from Nebraska, she was surprised.  She was even kind enough to speak to the principal of the school (my boss).  Since he happened to pass by my room while I was on the phone, I figured he might want to know what was going on.

I have always been fascinated by other cultures, so I may end up calling again with more questions for a volunteer Swedish ambassador.


Holiday Box

Bela and I were thrilled to get our Try the World box today.  The contents were truly international.  We got some mouth watering items.  My personal favorite (that we have not yet opened) is the box of French TRUFFLES!  The Swedish ginger snaps are a close second.  Then there are the cookies from Morocco and the panattone from Italy….we should have enough snacks to last us a while.  Maybe.


One of us is sure to try the Italian hazelnut cream or the Brazilian Acai Dessert Sauce over bread or yogurt (or maybe ice cream) soon.  Since Bela has been drinking tea lately, the Ruby Red Restorative Winter Calming Tea from the United Kingdom is definitely hers.  I will also soon cook with the extra virgin olive oil from Israel.


I appreciate the recipes and serving suggestions that come inside every box.  There was even a list of suggested music to accompany the foods in this box!  Wouldn’t a Try the World subscription be an amazing school gift?  Maybe I could use these in my foreign language classes!

Talk among yourselves….I hear the siren song of chocolate truffles!