|Poinsettia, IKEA. Bow, Jodi|
Whenever I mention I'm going to IKEA here in Sweden, many Americans are interested to know what the experience is like. Yes, the IKEA's in the US are quite similar except here everything is priced in crowns and the clerks speak Swedish. Also, we say E-KAY-AH here instead of EYE-KEY-AH in the US. There are two giant IKEA stores within 20 minutes of where we live. The flagship store...that is the very first IKEA, is built in a circle and it gets to be too much like Dante's Inferno so we prefer the other one. Curiously, the IKEA's here in Sweden are not blue and yellow like everywhere else in the world. I suppose it would seem a bit over the top nationalistic if the IKEA's looked like the Swedish flag as they do in other countries. The IKEA's here in Sweden do not sell food. The food that Americans buy in IKEA's in the US is sold in regular grocery stores here. It's not IKEA food. It's just normal Swedish groceries that IKEA happens to sell in the US. So if I want the food that IKEA's in the US sell, I simply go to my local grocery store, which is great because it's much easier than going to IKEA.
Of course, getting home and getting everything put away and put together is the best part about IKEA. Even now as I write this, I'm sitting in an IKEA chair, receiving light from our IKEA lamp, looking at our IKEA couch and bookshelves, and pondering how to use the new IKEA decorations throughout our home this Christmas. I guess I really do like IKEA and I'm lucky that my husband enjoys a good challenge now and again!
Happy 2nd day of Advent from me and IKEA in Sweden.