Now that my stay in Edge Hill is fast approaching its end, I think back on some of the ‘grander’ moments in my experience and I cannot help but smile as I am overwhelmed with nostalgia…Ok before we get too mushy, lets jump in and get this wagon moving.
Some of my favourite activities on campus (second only to the nights out!) were the dinners. In the past year there have been several dinners but I as an international student have sadly only been invited to two, but then this was more than enough!
The first was the Thanksgiving dinner in October last year, in celebration of the American thanksgiving festival. I can quite appreciate the need for this as we had a very ‘healthy’ American student population. A rare chance too see so many beautiful people all nicely dressed, the thanksgiving dinner was indeed a very colourful event. The most interesting part however, was the food! It was my first American thanksgiving dinner so as you would expect I was eager to try out the typical American thanksgiving dinner. I was quite impressed as my previous impression of the American diet was a picture of two large bright yellow arches with the word “MacDonalds” emblazoned below. Well it is safe to say that my previous impressions were wrong. I particularly love the apple pie though I wasn’t adventurous enough to try the pumpkin pie. The food even managed to taste a bit different from the typical ‘blandry’ that English cooking is popular for.
The second was the common wealth dinner. Another very colorful event saw students from different countries coming in their native attires. I came in a jacket, couldn’t even be bothered wearing a tie :/. And as you would expect, the Americans who never cease to amaze you when you least expect it all showed up in….T-Shirts and jeans! Anyway, on to the food, we had an exotic selection of delicacies from different parts of the world. They even made an attempt with Nigerian chicken soup which I am afraid failed abysmally to taste anything like what the average Nigerian would keep down his stomach, but we had to smile and act like it was a good attempt!
All in all, I’ve had loads of fun with the dinners and I do look forward to attending a few more before I leave if the opportunity presents itself! Let me know what your own experiences are with dinners and the food you’ve had to experiment with, or just drop a line to say hi