Dining like Germans

Sarah Chadwick
March 8, 2017

Here in Germany, many of the students cook together in their dorms as a social activity.  Tonight, a group of IES Abroad students at Engelbergerstrase decided to use the rainy weather as an excuse to stay inside and cook.  It was really fun and we learned a lot about each other as we sat and ate.  It provided a way for us to bond (and fill our empty stomachs).  We were also able to help each other with homework and practice our German together.

The group trip to the grocery store was part of the experience. Navigating German grocery stores can be a bit of a challenge, so it was nice to have others there with you that were in the same boat. With everyone pitching in a couple of euros, we were able to get a delicious, cost-effective meal.  We ended up making pasta with red sauce and fresh tomatoes.  In addition, we had fresh gouda cheese, salami, and crackers as an appetizer and fresh bread. From a Freiburg bakery.

I really enjoyed our impromptu group dinner tonight. We are looking to make it a weekly (or more) tradition. It's not hard to see why Germans so enjoy dorm cooking as a way for people to come together. It sure worked for us IES Abroad students.

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Sarah Chadwick

<p>My name is Sarah and I am studying environmental studies and journalism. Although born and raised in upstate New York, I now go to college in Washington, DC. My perfect day involves eating lots of good food and getting lost on a hike.</p>

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