Morocco: Big Bad Breakfasts

Granola bars are my breakfast of choice in Oxford, but we don’t skimp on the morning meal in Morocco. Even on the days I’m in a rush, breakfast still manages to be a treat. Whether I’m scarfing it down at home, eating at a hostel on Saturday morning, or grabbing a petit dejeuner at a restaurant, I can…

Germany: Colds and Adventures

This past week I have been pretty sick with what my host mom called the “summer flu,” so I don’t really have a theme of what I want to write about. I thought I could discuss both how to survive sickness abroad and my recent travels! First, being sick abroad really stinks. If you’re anything…

Pasta, and Wine, and Bread! Oh my!

Okay y’all. I am absolutely obsessed with Florence so far. The culture, the scenery, the nightlife, the people, and the FOOD. The food is so serious. This blog post is about food if you did not guess already. So here is a PSA: Do not read this if you are hungry! Graphic images may disturb…

Germany: Essen (to eat)

I’ve never considered myself a picky eater, but finding food here in Germany that I actually want to eat has proved to be a bit challenging. I was a little surprised by the lack of choices that are available; I honestly expected a lot more fast food, like at home. However, this is not the…

Italy: Live Like a Local

For my program at l’Accademia Italiana in Salerno, I have class from 9-1 each day, followed by excursions to local museums and lectures in the afternoon. I love being busy (and it has kept me from being too homesick), but I also don’t have time to do day trips to cities further than an hour…

England: What’s on the Menu?

Before I left for Reading, everyone around me seemed to crack jokes revolving around various British stereotypes. The biggest joke? “How are you going to survive on such bland food?” While it’s true that Great Britain probably wouldn’t win a spot in the Top Ten Most Delicious Cuisines award, that doesn’t mean everything is inedible….

How to order at a restaurant in Italy like a local

It’s no secret that Italian cuisine is some of the best in the world. Prior to studying abroad in Italy this semester, I have never been to Europe. I was naïve enough to believe that restaurant etiquette and the experience would be similar to that of America. I was clearly very wrong. In this post…

Spain: The EAIE Conference

Every September, there is a conference hosted in Europe that is called EAIE. The purpose is for international educators to get together, meet with partners, and learn about the best practices in international education. As the advisor to our international exchange students, I was afforded the opportunity to travel alongside Blair McElroy to Spain! Neither…

Japan: Food – More than just Sushi and Hibachi

  When people think of Japanese food they tend to think of sushi, ramen, or the popular hibachi grill restaurants in America.  While yes there is sushi and plenty of ramen it’s much different than what you would find in America. No california rolls, or deep-fried volcano rolls.  Sushi in Japan is usually just rice…