Wow I can’t believe its already been more than a week since my trip to France and Italy ended. It has been a wild ride, and I’ve learned so many things along the way!
Here’s a list of some of the biggest differences between the US and Europe.
- In Europe coffee is a lifestyle, people drink the stuff here like its water. Which leads me to:
- There is no such thing as free water in Europe. Oh and ice is not a thing here!
- Everyone in Europe drinks sparkling water instead of still water.
If you haven’t been able to tell by now, I have really enjoyed all the eating on this trip. That is why I was so excited when we started our visit to Bologna- the food capital of Italy. People travel from all places to try the traditional Bologna lasagna, tortellini, and meat. Luckily, the first activity we had in Bologna was a big group dinner with guides describing Bolognese food to us. It was so interesting learning about the aging of cheeses, the types of pasta specialties, and getting a chance to try the foods that make Bologna so special. The guides described the vibrant street markets where you can buy handmade delicacies and explore the artisans work of Bologna.
After a last few scrambled hours sightseeing in Paris, we hopped on a train to the beautiful city of Lyon, France. Lyon, once dubbed the gastronomy capital of the world, is both the oldest and most preserved city I have visited. After exploring the city square, called Bellcour, my class split up to try the famed food of Lyon and we were not disappointed. After exploring France I have come to the opinion that every food should have brie on it. After this revelation, we turned in for the night to get ready to discover more of the city in the morning.
I can’t believe that we’ve already been in France for a week! Since I talked to y’all last, we have spent the week exploring the most amazing cultural and business parts of Paris. Having never been to Europe before, the experience is unparalleled. From the way European food stands have pre-made sandwiches on display, to the realization that not everyone around the world speaks English, this trip has provided a lot of firsts and favorites for me.
“He never fell, never slipped back, never flew” – John Steinbeck, East of Eden
As I sit here reading over my packing list for the hundredth time, debating on whether to take three or four pairs of shoes, I can’t help but admit that I’ve already fallen in love with the idea of traveling. In just a few short hours I will be sitting on a plane, by myself, flying to a country where I don’t know the language, don’t know the culture, and don’t know what to expect. Instead of a fear of the unknown, I feel nothing but excitement and anticipation for my experiences in Paris, Lyon, Milan, and Bologna. Not only will the places I see change me, but the course I’m traveling on that explores the concepts of luxury goods will help me to understand the economics of business in a global sense. This quote, taken from my favorite novel, has always struck me. Inspired by Steinbeck’s intimate understanding of humanity, I am going on this trip with the potential of falling, so that I may have the opportunity to fly.