A college student’s diet often consists of less-than-healthy packaged meals eaten on the run from one class to another, but an abroad student leads a different sort of life. My diet in France largely consists of pastries, cheese, and bread eaten on the run from one class to another.
First, you wake up and have a larger piece of baguette than usual because dinner was pretty early last night (only about 8:30 PM), and by now you’re really hungry. Pile on that homemade jelly and enjoy your hot tea.
You munch on an apple while running from one school building to another, and chug down a bottle of pepillant (sparkling) water when your stomach starts to growl during the three hour lecture.
You have a little extra time between your second and third classes of the day, so you decide to finally try out the bagel place you’ve been wanting to go to, but you’re still hungry after a cheese and pepper bagel with smoked salmon and spinach, so a caramel gelato cone tops off your lunch.
Your host brother comes home with fresh bread from the bakery, still hot in its paper sack, so of course, you have to have a little bite! And what would a fresh baguette be without a spoonful of Nutella on top?
Thursday nights always mean pizza for dinner since your host dad comes home late from work, so you work your way through a slice of mushroom and pineapple before starting on the tomato and mozzarella salad. The yogurt and cheese course is followed by an orange and a square of rich dark chocolate.
You manage to hoist yourself upstairs, swearing to never eat that much food in one day ever again…
and do it all again the next morning.
Hey, at least I walk a lot.