The food, of course!

Well here I am, sitting on the balcony of my apartment in Italy deciding what I should write about, and one topic seems to keep coming popping back in my head.  Can you guess? FOOD, of course! It’s kind of perfect being a Dietetics major and studying here!  One typical custom in the cities and towns of Italy is shopping at food markets.  About once or twice a week, locals go to the markets and pick up a variety of fresh food. Unless you’ve seen an Italian food market before you’re probably thinking what I thought too, “okay, so they go grocery shopping at a market instead of a store-what’s the big deal?” This past week I found out for myself and experienced the famous Rialto food market in Venice.  Venders from all around the area bring in a mix of fresh fruits, vegetables, and seafood and set up booths smack dab in the middle of the street.  It a pleasurable experience for all your senses.  You hear the people bustling around making exchanges, you see the array of rich colors beaming at you from every direction, you smell the crisp fruit mixed with fresh seafood in the air, and all you want to do is pick up and eat one of  those bright red, juicy strawberries right then and there- but wait! Don’t touch the merchandise! The expectation is to not touch any of the merchandise unless you are told otherwise.  All you have to do is say what you would like, how much and the venders do the rest.  I must admit after that day I will always remember what “posso” in italian meant (“may I…?”). Not only is this an unbelievably cultural event you must see for yourself, it’s an adventure.  Here is a little taste of what I was lucky enough to see in Venice right here….

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Nutrition, Museums & Italy

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Italy in five weeks. Seems like a lot of time right? Well, I am going to do my very best to take advantage of every possible second I have here in Italy and will do so with the help of my two classes.  Studying abroad specifically allows you to travel and see the world around you, but the opportunities are infinite.  It specifically challenges you to stretch your abilities to apply current knowledge to real life and also draw insight from your surroundings. Sounds pretty educational to me! 🙂 One of my classes, Mediterranean Diet and Culture, will focus on the background, culture and sciences of the diet and lifestyle we will experience while in Italy.  The second course, Interdisciplinary Field Seminar in Italian Culture: Ancient and Medieval Italy (ITAL 681) concentrates on the similarities, differences, and importance of museums, monuments, and memorials in the world around us.  ITAL 681 began with a unique experience to the brand new museum of science, MuSe, in Trento, Italy and an archaeological museum right here in Ascoli Piceno.  The classes will continue to connect the course material to the resources in the area.  Week by week each class will challenge us in the classroom Monday through Thursday and allow us to reflect and explore Italy on weekends.  My personal excursions will include a weekend trip to Rome and also the Amalfi Coast.  Stay tuned!

Find out more about what the UNH-in-Italy program and other UNH COLA Study Abroad programs are up to on their facebook page!