A Norwegian’s Experience living in England and eating English food: Expectations vs Reality

I think most international students can agree on this – getting used to the food in a foreign country isn’t easy. In my (almost) three years in England, I’ve definitely been met with some weird food experiences, and I promise you I won’t be holding back. Here’s what happens when a Norwegian student has to adjust to a British diet!
BY THERESA SANDE

EXPECTATION:

Buying large takeaway chips for under £2 and thinking you’ll definitely be able to reheat the leftovers and have it for dinner the next day.

REALITY:

Discovering the recipe for food poisoning…

 

EXPECTATION:

It’s literally just across the pond – except from the odd scones and loads of tea, how different can it be?

REALITY:

When in the supermarket not even knowing what type of butter to buy…

 

EXPECTATION:

Sceptically surveying the British speciality of baked beans, and thinking that there’s no way in hell you’re going to make your body digest something that disgusting.

REALITY:

When finally daring to try it, thinking to yourself “why on earth didn’t I dare to try that before?” Dinner, lunch and breakfast, sorted!

 

EXPECTATION:

Spotting a piece of brown bread at the supermarket, and being happy about having found the healthy option.

REALITY:

Trying it at home and feeling like you’ve just had a piece of brown loaf. Nothing special.

 

EXPECTATION:

Expecting that living in England will surely convert you into a fulltime tea-drinker.

 

REALITY:

Ending up becoming one of those people who always have to get takeaway coffee instead.

 

 

EXPECTATION:

Liking sausage rolls.

 

REALITY:

Never ever buying one again!

 

EXPECTATION:

Vowing to be a healthy student who cooks homemade meals and never opts for a takeaway dinner.

 

REALITY:

Deliveroo, Just Eat and McDonalds…

 

EXPECTATION:

The mature cheese option seems risky, like why is it so mature?

 

REALITY:

Oh wow, where have you been all my life!

 

 

EXPECTATION:

Being hesitant to trying anything that is as difficult to spell as quicue, qichue, oh… quiche (finally).

 

REALITY:

Realising that you might have found your favourite British dish and feel all mushy and warm inside whenever you see the sign “quiche of the day”.

 

 

EXPECTATION:

A pudding is a sweet dessert.

 

REALITY:

“Well yes, but it can also be savory” (what?)

 

And that pretty much sums it up!

 

Post Author: Olivia

I'm from Yorkshire in England so you can imagine I love drinking well-brewed tea. Lots of tea. I also love to travel and have adventures, while taking photos to capture the moment.

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