Last week, I was walking back to work when I saw a food truck. Food trucks have just appeared in Stockholm during the past couple of years, so I was excited to see what this one would be. I walked over and saw people getting very large cups of fancy chicken soup (with cilantro and sesame seeds). I couldn’t find a price anywhere.
A man walked up to me and asked if he could help. When I asked how much the soup cost, he said, “Free!”
Thought 1: Do I look homeless? Is this for the homeless?
I gave him a long look just waiting for the catch.
He said, “The soup is free and if you’d like some advice, we’re happy to give it!”
Thought 2: A cult? Do you want me to join your cult?
My Swedish was a little cloudy, but I finally figured out that this had something to do with the environment and more environmentally friendly heating systems.
I gave him a hearty nod and my interest with the classic, “I’ll have to tell my husband about that.”
And then – Score! Free chicken soup!