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People and Food

A few days ago, I officially realized that there are two things that have made studying abroad amazing (at least for me): people and food. But it is not the food individually and the people individually that are incredible. It is the mixture of both.

Let me explain.


My boyfriend flew all the way from the states and visited me last week (what a sweetheart!!). We ate SO MUCH incredible food that my taste buds were exploding with happiness (Bagel sandwiches, yogurt covered pineapple, fish n’chips, humble pies, ice cream, peanut butter, sweet chili flavor chips, and SO MUCH MORE). He left on Sunday, and after I dropped him off at the train station, I walked back into the city and bought some dried fruit that he and I had discovered a few days earlier. I ate it while walking back to campus, yet it just did not taste the same as when he and I had eaten it together a few days earlier. I mean it did taste the same , but there was no magic behind it. I continued to walk home (a little disappointed), but let my mind wander to when I was meeting up with my friends later. We were going to grab dinner together at Jamie’s Italian, so my spirits lifted a little bit. I remembered how much fun my friends and I had while trying new restaurants in Leeds, binging on ice cream and chocolate together, and cooking a “no boys allowed” Valentine’s Day dinner.

That when I realized that there is something truly supernatural about eating good food with people you love. Maybe this is something I should have realized earlier in life, but I guess I’m a late bloomer. I bet that anthropologists, sociologists, biologists, and Oprah have all done some intense studies on why this is the case. But even without the scientific proof of my argument above, I am living proof that something extraordinary comes from mixing people and food together in a giant bowl of love. Especially if it’s in England.

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” — Oscar Wilde

Until next time,






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