“What is transportation like in your country?”

 

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Photo from ecenglish.com

Francesca Basil, Australia: Melbourne has a really efficient public transport system throughout the city. There are the public trams that run on the streets and pick up passengers at various locations, and buses are always available every couple of minutes. There are even high-speed trains that run to other surrounding cities. But the easiest and cheapest option is good old-fashioned walking. (Personally, I would rather walk to class in order to get to know the city and meet interesting people along the way.)

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“What are grocery stores like in your country?”

Three students share their experiences with European grocery stores.

Maria Lorditch, France: Everything sold in grocery stores is crazy fresh! For example, I bought packaged mushrooms and they only lasted about two days before they went bad. Also, everyone buys at least three bottles of wine every time they go shopping.

The French diet is basically bread, cheese and wine, so these take up most of the aisles in the grocery store. Everything here is also done at a much smaller scale, so a large at a restaurant is the size of an American small. (That must be how they stay so dang skinny in Europe!)

Morgan Hylton, U.K.: Hands-down, the strangest product I’ve seen has been “man-size” tissues. These are tissues made by Kleenex that are supposed to be bigger and tougher than normal tissues, but its name could be taken as pretty offensive.

The main grocery store of the U.K., Asda, is a sister store of Walmart, so it is relatively the same. The contents of the store are a bit different, however; there aren’t a lot of typical American brands and nothing tastes quite the same even if it is an American brand, but I’ve found that nothing is inedible.

Allie Diehl, Spain: The grocery stores are very similar to ones in the U.S., except for the unfortunate lack of peanut butter and oatmeal (which happens to be my favorite breakfast). Although there are large supermarkets, many Spaniards shop at stores that focus on a specific food group, such as the bakery, butcher, or produce shop. Those stores are usually locally owned and more convenient to find in neighborhoods.

Morgan Hylton—Hatfield, U.K.

morganMy name is Morgan Hylton and I’m a 19-year-old junior English major. I’ll be studying at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield, U.K., for 5 months.

What made you want to study abroad?

Over the past year I have felt very anxious about the mundane life I lead in Morgantown. I tried to find ways to spice it up but always fell short, so I decided to take a leap and study abroad.

Studying abroad is something that I have always wanted to do, but I never knew if I was brave enough to actually go through with it. My love for different cultures and gaining as many experiences as possible was a huge driving force on my pros list, but the cons were still present in my mind.

After a lot of thinking and realizing what was going to make me grow as a person, I decided that studying abroad was exactly what I needed to feel fulfilled. So, here I am, 4,000 miles away from home, on the scariest, most amazing journey of my life.

What were your expectations for this trip?

I like to imagine that I will travel all around Europe with a Prince William-type man who I fall in love with and we will live happily ever after, but my rational mind just hopes to gain a little excitement and independence. Either would be superb.

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