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20 Things I Learned Abroad

I’m currently waiting for my next flight in the Philadelphia airport, listening to French Rap, wearing three jackets that didn’t fit in my bags tied around my waist.

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You Win Some You Lose Some

Hey y’all! Sorry for the looooonnnng break. It’s been so long in fact, this will likely be my last post before returning to the US. I come back on Monday!

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Soccer and Slovenia

Happy late Easter everyone! Sorry for having been MIA recently, there have been lots of things going on as the semester ends and my departure approaches.

Before the Easter break, the weekend of March 24th I travelled with my college soccer team to Nantes, France to play in the semi-final for a spot in the top 6 of the Coupe de France Saint-Gobain des ESC national tournament. Continue reading “Soccer and Slovenia”

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Experiencing Italy in the Cold

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Sorry for being so late with this post! This week has been a whirlwind since my return from my trip to Italy. To top it off, I paid rent for the last time this morning, time has passed so fast!

So a quick recap for my trip to Italy, but before I must state that Europe experienced extremely bad weather last week, “The Beast from the East”. Ireland and Scotland were hit pretty bad and several students who spent their breaks in those areas ended up stranded.

With this being said, the average temperature while I was in Italy was cold enough to always have on leggings and pants (-4 C/24 F). Continue reading “Experiencing Italy in the Cold”

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I don’t speak wine.

I want to start this post by clarifying that I’m not a wine expert (sommelier) at all!

A few weeks ago I spoke with Alida (BFF) and she asked if I was a wine expert now that I’ve spent a good amount of time here in the land of all things wine. As embarrassed as I was I responded I still hadn’t a clue.

Luckily, this past week Strasbourg hosted the Vignerons Indépendants Wine Expo where independent winemakers boasted all of their products in a huge expo center, my friend Lu and I attended.  Attending the wine expo led me to to some supporting research and now I can bring to you a quick guide to a few wine must-knows.  Continue reading “I don’t speak wine.”

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Essential Gadgets of the Kitchen

Last week I broke down and bought 2 new knives, the total was 7 euros. Being that I won’t be able to take any kitchen utensils home with me I’ve tried to survive with the bare minimum. Out of us 4 flatmates we are constantly trading pots, knives, and cutlery. Having to “make-do” this past year I was inspired to come up with a list of the essential gadgets of the kitchen I’d love to have based on my experience here. Continue reading “Essential Gadgets of the Kitchen”

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February: Valentine’s Week Recap

Although this post is titled “Valentine’s Week Recap” I will add one thing that did happen prior to Valentine’s week that is a must! As we welcomed a new housemate, Adriano, it was only appropriate we host a dinner. Abi and I decided to cook “American” specialties and having never fried chicken it was obvious that would be the dish that’s we’d try to cook.

If you aren’t “learned” on the topic of fried chicken in Europe -it doesn’t exist. Yes, there is KFC (crazy right?) but otherwise fried chicken is not common at all. So, with this being said, mind you if you haven’t read my previous posts the way our flat is set up we make do with what we have; it’s amazing how many things we’ve managed to cook and bake using a toaster oven and a 2-burner electric hot plate. Continue reading “February: Valentine’s Week Recap”

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How do you say bedsheets in French?

So, the title of this post may seem a little strange and I’ll get to that in a second. But- first and foremost (I love when I have a chance to use this expression) I’d like to bring you guys up-to-date.

A while back my bike had broke…I purchased a bicycle when I first arrived and I had to bring it to the bike shop for several different tune-ups. Continue reading “How do you say bedsheets in French?”

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Getting to Know French People

Maybe you’ve heard of the peaches and coconuts culture analogy for other countries. It’s used to describe cultural tendencies and essentially what the people are like such as if they’re easy to get to know or not. Before you study abroad there is usually some type of meeting where they discuss culture shock, adjusting to your new environment, and the things you should expect, as well as a brief discussion on whether the country you’ll be visiting has a peach or coconut culture. Continue reading “Getting to Know French People”