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02/03/2014

CIEE ALCALÁ DE HENARES-SPRING 2014- ASHLEY HUBER (UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI-OHIO): FOOD IN ALCALÁ.

 

Food in Spain!

Adjusting to Spain has been interesting, but my most difficult modification is the food. Don't get me wrong, it's delicious, it's just extremely different. First of all, I am obsessed with spicy food, which, so far, has not appeared here. In the United States, I rarely eat meat (not because I'm a vegetarian, I just don't like it that much), but here in Spain, I'm eating ham like it's my job! I also have been drinking a lot of water, which is very different from my constant flow of Dr. Pepper (although Laura did find some for me).

The most difficult part of food adjustment is the meal schedule. Typically, in the US, I eat breakfast at 8 or 9, then lunch at 12, and dinner at 6. In Spain, I eat breakfast at 8, lunch at 2:30, and dinner at 9 or 10. This is not something I had thought about before coming here, and it is really hard to get used to, because I get very hungry at noon! I also didn't anticipate the amount of food my mother would give me. I thought Americans ate a lot! I hope all the walking I plan on doing balances it out! I have discovered some of my favorite dishes, like cocido madrileño and tortilla española. I am very excited to try so many different foods and drinks (I got to try Sangria already!) and really get out of my "food comfort shell." We'll have to see what these next three and a half months bring me!

 

Sangria
Ajustarme a España ha sido interesante, pero mi modificación más difícil es la comida. No me malinterpreten, es deliciosa, es simplemente muy diferente. Primero, estoy obsesionada con la comida picante, que ahora, no aparece aquí. En los Estados Unidos, como carne raramente, (no porque sea vegetariana, solamente que no me gusta la carne mucho), pero aquí en España, ¡estoy comiendo jamón que es mi trabajo! También, he estado bebiendo mucha agua, que es muy diferente de que mi corrientemente bebo, porque constantemente es Dr. Pepper (aunque Laura –una compañera- encontró algo para mí).

  Dr. Pepper!

            La parte más difícil del ajuste a la comida es el horario de comidas. Normalmente, en los Estados Unidos, desayuno a las 8 o 9, como el almuerzo a las 12, y la cena a las 6. En España, desayuno a las 8, como el almuerzo a las 2:30, y la cena a las 9 o 10. Esto no es algo que había pensado antes de venir aquí, y es muy difícil acostumbrarse, porque tengo ¡mucha hambre al mediodía!  Además, no anticipo la cantidad de comida que mi madre me dará. ¡Pensé que los estadounidenses comían mucho! ¡Espero que todo el camino que planeo hacer esté en equilibrio! He descubierto algunos de mis platos favoritos, como el cocido madrileño y la tortilla española. Estoy muy emocionada por probar muchos alimentos y bebidas diferentes (¡me dieron a probar la sangría ya!) y realmente salir de mi "concha de comodidad de comida." ¡Tendremos que ver lo que los próximos tres meses y medio me traen!

  Interesante

  Cocido Madrileño

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