HOW TO GAIN 4KG`S IN TWO WEEKS

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For me , travelling is besides a sightseeing experience, definitely a food experience.  Coming from Europe and living in Canada it’s the food I miss the most. I never got accustomed to Kraft Dinner ( I call it crap dinner) a food that North Americans seem to love so much. To me it tastes like card board. Now I realize that the same goes for food they are not familiar with like drop ( liquorice) often I offer some of this black candy to my Canadian friends only to see their faces erupt in disgust followed by the sentence: ” where is the garbage can ? ” it’s funny how tastes people around the world are so different. There is another thing most Europeans dislike which is loved in North America and that’s a beverage, one guess…… Yes , Root beer!  Never will i drink this again in my lifetime !  I remember clearly my children trying it for the first time, lured in by the word : beer,  the expression on their faces was  priceless!  The other thing I miss are pastries, we eat them combined with a cup of tea or coffee around 11 am or in the afternoon around 3 pm. They are creamy, made with real butter and often whipped cream but light on the stomach. My heart jumps when back in Europe I see a real coffee shop ( see Amsterdamned article) . When on holiday I eat them every day and I can truly say I am an expert. The Germans are by far the best pastry bakers, cheesecakes ( yes light ones) bavaroises, fruity cakes ohhhh they are all so yummie!  The Belgians make great waffles and are masters in creating handcrafted chocolates  and the Dutch are the best in making poffertjes ( mini pancakes) and apple pie . Luckily for me my partner and travel companion George  is also a fan and has the nickname human trash can ( he eats everything even tarantula`s  as long as they are honey glazed) which results in a frequent visit to one of Europe’s fine bakery or chocolate establishments during the trip.  I think we entered at least 25 over the course of two weeks and yes that results in clothes that obviously have shrunk around the waist. I usually don’t panic when this happens as within two weeks I manage to get into my tightest pants again but this time I stood on a scale in my friends house the day before departure and oh la la 4 kgs extra!  Now they were guilty too regarding my expanding waistline as they had wonderful breakfasts and dinners prepaired for us and far more than what’s good for one . Yes I know that sharing a box of Leonidas chocolates in one day also may have contributed a lot. But curious as we were about yet another one, we couldn’t resist trying them all. It’s like Forest Gump said, life is like a box of chocolates , you never know what’s in it!

I usually don’t panic when this happens as within two weeks I manage to get into my tightest pants again but this time I stood on a scale in my friends house the day before departure and oh la la 4 kgs extra!  Now they had a fault in that as well having wonderful breakfasts prepaired for us and far more than what’s good for one but I know that sharing a box of Leonidas chocolates in one day also may have contributed a lot. But curious as we were about yet another one, we couldn’t resist. It’s like Forest Gump said, life is like a box of chocolates , you never know what’s in it!

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