LILLEHAMMER, Norway — It really doesn't take long for an American to start feeling at home here. For all of its Nordic differences, Norway comes off as a very Americanized country.
The English spoken here by nearly everyone is much closer to American than British, and although all of the national and regional Norwegian foods are served proudly, anyone with a homesick palate can indulge it with little or no trouble.
Hot dogs are available at concession stands at the Olympic venues and at street stands in town, there are several nearby pizza joints--one even delivers--and casual restaurants all over the place advertise "American hamburgers."
And if you don't quite trust that advertising, you can always head for the golden arches.
Right, if you deserve a break today, there's a McDonald's in Lillehammer. It has a gleaming copper roof, has been open for two months and is doing a booming business. In fact, there's a tent annex to handle the overflow Olympic crowds, complete with TV set tuned to one of the Olympic channels.