There is no greater gift we can give our children than wanderlust. Wanderlust is the strong desire to travel and explore the world. Through travels and adventures our world is broadened and brightened. The opportunity to see how others live and how similar we all are is a powerful experience.
I saw this in my own kids as we traveled throughout Norway this month. At first, my younger two were obsessed with their one McDonald’s trip. They were concerned that Norwegian food would not be to their liking and they’d starve. Fortunately, they did not starve.
As luck would have it, we landed in Stavanger on the last day of Gladmat Fargegata, the largest food festival in Norway. For dinner that night, we explored the different vendors at the festival. We tried pizza, spicy tacos, waffles and Pakistani food that was absolutely delicious.
They finally cashed in their McDonald’s trip at our first dinner in Bergen. They had sweet potato fries and jalapeno poppers that were out of this world. While the chicken sandwich I had actually tasted like chicken. They quite enjoyed their trip to Norwegian McDonald’s and were hoping for at least one more. We did not give in to their continued McDonald’s craving. Mostly because we wanted them to eat local Norwegian cuisine, but also because the idea of spending $60 to eat at McDonald’s made me cringe.
My younger two are quite picky eaters, while my oldest Jake is up to try all of the local fare. We tried a number of sampler platters that showcased local foods like reindeer, whale, mussels, king crab, caviar, fish soup, pork, sausages, duck, and steak. We didn’t like everything, but at least we tried it. The Mayor had king crab and caviar in Bergen, which he liked quite a lot. Goalielocks even tried mussels, whale and reindeer, of which he liked the mussels the most.
By the time we left Norway, their palate and their worlds had opened up a bit. They enjoyed the Norwegian cuisine, their way of life and especially the Norwegians’ love of dogs. Now we’re back home wishing we could be back in Norway, but also looking forward to our next adventure.
The daily prompt was lust, but I felt writing about wanderlust would be better than writing about my lust or desire for Norwegian pastries.