(Note: “Abroad and in a relationship with food” is a blog that tracks my romantic relationship with food as I study abroad in Parma, Italy. Because I will never love anything as much as I love food.)
I recently returned from my spring break and may never recover. I don’t mean this in the stereotypical “I drank my face off on spring break and my liver will never be the same!” way. I mean this in the “I slept in an airport one night and on an overnight bus another night and I am too old for this lifestyle” way. Sleeping anywhere besides a bed is just plain inhumane.
In spite of how absurdly exhausted I am and how many catastrophes my group experienced along the way, I fell in love with every place that my travels took me. To prove my devotion for the places that I visited (as well, of course, as the food that I consumed), here is a series of haikus that summarize my recent adventures.
Why haikus, you ask? Because they are shorter than odes and easier to write than sonnets.
But why are you so insistent on writing this in poetry form, you ask? Because I am very sleep deprived and it sounds like a fun thing to do.
Destination #1: Nice, France
I went to the beach
Ate a baguette and drank wine
I felt super French.
Destination #2: Eze, France
Look! French onion soup
In France, so it must be good
Wrong. It was bad. Ugh.
Destination #3: Cannes, France
I really love crepes
More than anything ever
This had Nutella.
Destination #4: Barcelona, Spain
Friends got robbed and food poisoned
Sangria? Yes please.
Destination #5: Sevilla, Spain
Really great tapas
Were destroyed by pouring rain
Destination #6: Lisbon, Portugal
Because it's healthy
I greatly dislike salad
But this changed my mind.
There you have it. The greatest series of European food-related haikus you will read all week. I promise to go back to normal writing next time.
All photos courtesy of Jenna LaConte.
School, major and year: A&S, English and communication, 2014
Hometown: Acton, MA, but my parents recently moved to Beacon Hill, which is way cooler.
What makes the Gavel so BANGin’? Everyone is just the perfect amount of weird. It is one of very few environments in which I don't feel like the weirdest person in the room.
If you could go back in time and give yourself a pep talk the night before you moved into BC as a freshman, what is the most important piece of advice that you would give to your former self? I would offer myself a friendly reminder that everyone comes to college friend-less, and therefore looking for friends. Before coming to BC, I pictured myself eating every meal in solitude because I forgot that I wasn't the only person who would be entering day one without really knowing anybody. That was silly of me.
What is your favorite study spot on campus? Stuart law classrooms.
What is your go-to meal at Late Night? Mozzarella sticks.
What is the #1 most played song on your iTunes? "Gong Li" -- Red Hot Chili Peppers.
What is the best Halloween costume that you have ever worn? I was a Hershey's kiss as a toddler. Aaaaaand I rocked it.
If you could befriend the main characters from any TV show or movie, who would you choose and why? "The Office," because I have always thought that Jim and Pam would appreciate my sense of humor.