When an East German meets an American…

“Do you also wear these traditional costumes? What’s are they called again?”, Kate (American) asked me when we met for the first time. Kate is my work colleague and has lived here in Norway for a long time. She will become one of my best friends in the years to come.

“You mean dirndl?” I answer. “No, I haven’t, I’ve never had anything like that. Only people in southern Germany wear that.”