One of the things that I look forward to the most when I travel to Europe is breakfast! You see, Danes---like most Europeans----eat some really interesting things after crawling out of bed.
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Most of the morning meals that I've eaten across the Atlantic include really nice breads and cheeses. There are also tons of cold cuts to be found, surrounded by enough granola and yogurt to make even the most committed tree-huggers happy.
Considering my tendency to grab a 12-pack of chocolate mini-donuts and a jumbo Diet Coke at the Quicky-Mart on the way to work, it's pretty obvious why I think European breakfasts are better than sliced toast, can't you!
But the food selection isn't the only thing interesting about Danish breakfasts.
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Pretty crazy, huh? I mean, here in the good ol' U.S. of A., we've gotten used to plates the size of Rhode Island covered with enough food to feed six small children or three adults when we're eating out at restaurants, haven't we?
And yet most of the Danish restaurants that I ate in served me reasonable sized portions that left me full----instead of busting at the gut----and I was perfectly happy with what I had for dinner.
This has left me thinking about one simple phrase: How much is enough?
Is it necessary for Americans to have six cars, five televisions, and fourteen cell phones per family, or can we live with less? Why is it that Danes seem perfectly happy with smaller meals, smaller cars and smaller toys?
Does that tell us something about our cultures? And if so, what?
Interesting questions, huh?
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