Maria Gran (text and photo) and Sunniva Skarsvåg (video)
kitchen at home in Ankenes, south of Narvik, you find all the essentials to
make a proper Norwegian taco. Edgardo’s hosts Kristine and Jonas greet him, and
the Marine offers to help with the cooking. He cooks the meat while Kristine
and Tidemann (4) prepare the cucumbers. Peder (1) is keeping a close eye on
them from his chair.
arrived in Norway three weeks ago, on his first international mission with the
USMC. Together with around 200 other Marines he is going through cold weather
training at Elvegårdsmoen. He appreciates the little break he gets with the Mäkitalo
– I always
like to do different things and try new things, and getting involved with the
culture here is excellent, says Edgardo.
adds the taco spice mix to the mice meat, he tells Kristine that he has missed
cooking and that both him and his father cook a lot at home. Edgardo is stationed
in North Carolina, but the island of Puerto Rico in The Caribbean Sea is his
– Norway is
really similar to Puerto Rico where I’m from because there’s a lot of mountains
there, but instead of white, they’re green, he smiles.
table the tells the Mäkitalos about his island and the tacos he eats at home,
and asks about life in Norway and being in the Home Guard. Jonas knows a lot
about the Home Guard, because he has been a solider in the Home Guard for
almost 20 years.
– This is
the first time I meet a Marine. It’s weird to have them visiting, but it’s very
fun. We think it’s nice to be able to do something for other soldiers and show
them some Norwegian culture, says Jonas.
Norwegian taco is a success. It is not the same as Puerto Rican tacos, but that
does not matter.
different, but I like it. They’re delicious, Edgardo smiles over a plate full
true Norwegian weekend dinner, Kristine heads over to the kitchen and brings
out “brunost”, an “osthøvel” and “tørrfisk”. Norwegian brown cheese, a cheese
slicer and dried cod. The weird Norwegian invention and the peanut butter-looking
cheese is a hit, and the dried cod reminds Edgardo of bacalao, which he eats a
lot of at home. It is all tasty, but he has already found his Norwegian
chocolate is so good. I have eaten chocolate, and it’s good, but not like here.
I love the chocolate here, he says.
and their food have impressed Edgardo. Even if he is excited to get back home,
he likes Norway a lot.
– I love
this place, it’s beautiful. Maybe I’ll come back on vacation, I’ll talk to my
wife and I think it’ll be cool to bring her here and show her around.
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