Sunday, February 13, 2011

Mandarijnen, please...

nothing interesting this weekend. no photos (aside from the one from yesterday). i only worked.... im tired of sitting behind my laptop. therefore a very old photo! it was taken in november 2008, in my old lab in utrecht, the netherlands, during lunch. these are the peels of a "mandarijn", and inside is a toy from a kinder surprise chocolate egg. this is one of the things i miss here; "mandarijnen".  i believe here they are called "tangerines". i associate them with december, "sinterklaas" and christmas. surely i ate a LOT of them when we were back home in december for a few days. here you can buy them too, but they are sooooo expensive!! and they are not as good as at home. the peel is difficult to get off, they are less juicy and they are FULL of pits (i looked it up, but i think it is pit, or kernel?). i had one this morning, and it wasnt a pleasure to eat one... :) oh, yes, there are more important things in life... but it are these small things that suddenly you realize you are not at home... :)
i also miss those lunches with my labmates, i miss my labmates too..... but they are all gone from that lab too, or about to leave, since thats the advantage as well as disadvantage of science; everyone from everywhere comes and goes.....
another interesting fact that i just found because i was looking up how to write "kinder surprise". here you dont get a surprise!! they are sold all over the world excluding the us, where the 1938 Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act prohibits embedding "non-nutritive items" in confections....poor poor americans... (young and old!)

4 comments:

biebkriebels said...

They are so hysterical about all those food things. At airports you have dogs sniffing around your legs, beware you take a candy into the country! A "mandarijntje", you probably may not import too. I think it is the time of the year, snow, rain, dark, to feel a bit down. But here it is also not always a feast. We are getting elections again and the whole "Wilders circus" is starting over again with him also standing in court. So boring to listen to all those stupid speeches of stupid people.

Tim said...

We just have to be strong and get through it..

CaT said...

cheese is not allowed either... but i managed to get some in... :)
aahh, elections..! im not involved in that at all. i know that is not very good either, but it is just too boring indeed... :)

Eyeliquor said...

Ah mandarijnen..i am leaving for Seattle in seven weeks or so..maybe i can drop some off..:)