Wasted in Wales, a traditional English Christmas, and Ye Olde Trip to Nottingham

For a number of reasons I decided not to go home to Washington for the Christmas holidays. But the prospect of staying in a dorm all Christmas didn’t exactly excite me either, so I decided to go somewhere much closer and cheaper instead: England.

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Danish lessons, Friday bars and drunk cycling

It’s hard to believe that three weeks have gone by already. I’ve settled into a routine by now, and our group has for the most part settled into the cliques we will presumably stay in for the rest of the year. Continue reading “Danish lessons, Friday bars and drunk cycling”

Alison eats a Döner

Alison eats a Döner

Me eating a Döner at the famous shop at Rosa-Luxembourg Platz in Berlin. Döner is a common German street food which has recently surpassed in popularity both Currywurst and pizza. The dish originated in Turkey and was brought to Germany (Berlin in particular) by Turkish migrant workers after WWII, but it has now developed independently in Germany and I’m told it’s actually quite different today than the Döner eaten in Turkey. It’s related to the Greek gyro and Israeli schwarma. Honestly, I don’t know the difference between the three. Döner in Berlin is usually served on a grilled pita-like flat bread with meat (or falafel) on the bottom, shredded lettuce in the middle, and onions on top. It varies between different places what else you’ll find on it, but some usual suspects include tomato, cucumbers, and/or red cabbage. This particular shop put big slices of Feta cheese in there, too.

Fact: There is no graceful way to eat a Döner.