Culture Shock: European, American Gastronomy

Americans eat out a lot; there’s no denying it. Students pick up Chick-Fil-A after practice or go to Casa Rod if nobody feels like cooking. It’s normal to us; a way of life.

Essentially, anywhere you travel in the United Sates, you will see familiar faces, even if you are miles from home. McDonalds, Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Pizza Hut exist all over the country.

In Europe, this isn’t the case. Although the streets may be full of restaurants, there are typically fewer chains. There are many home-style restaurants that cook traditional foods indigenous to that region.

Culture Shock: breaking language barriers, creating bonds

After not seeing some of my relatives for ten years, I finally had the opportunity to visit them in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. I was thrilled about going. Not only would I be seeing my family again and living with them for two weeks, I was also going to be working with a medical brigade for the first time.

As the time to go drew near, I became more nervous. How would I fit in with my family? Would I be able to communicate well with everyone? Would I be able to adapt to a new atmosphere? I guess you could say I was just being too anxious about the whole trip, but to be completely honest, I was a little terrified about going for two weeks.

Cultures converge in Viking melting pot

Learning about new customs, cultures and languages only serves to increase a persons knowledge and understanding of the world.