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What do people in (northwestern part of ) Spain eat for lunch - hosting exchange student

What do people in (northwestern part of ) Spain eat for lunch - hosting exchange student

Old Jul 7th, 2005, 05:25 PM
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I hope you keep us posted on the progress of this visit. Very interesting.

lincasanova, while I agree that things like huge supermarkets are no longer a surprise, what I think will be is that so much of everything we have in our US supermarkets is supersized. While I've been in amazing stores in Europe that seem to have everything, it often seems the boxes are miniatures. They don't seem to believe in boxes that hold a year's supply of laundry soap, or a month's supply of cereal.
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Old Jul 7th, 2005, 08:48 PM
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Dear Gail:

Keep us posted as to how things are going. When my cousins from Spain visited several years ago, they thought that our American sliced bread was the most digusting thing they had ever seen!!!
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Old Jul 7th, 2005, 09:14 PM
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I was an exchange student for a year in Brazil. The only attempt anyone made to have me eat "my" food was to help me try and find all the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies. This failed, as we couldn't find baking soda, or the words for it, which meant very flat cookies. Ha.

The whole point of going to another country on exchange is to learn the ways of the host country. Don't knock yourself out to try and do a daily lunch for her that's anything but American. Her digestive system will get used to it, and it's just the whole point of an exchange time.

It's a nice gesture to make a single meal, but the one thing us kids were taught, is that we're there to absorb the culture...right down to our small intestines. Although I don't think it was put in those words *exactly*.

Happy travels.

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Old Jul 8th, 2005, 05:06 AM
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This post reminds me of when I went on exchange to Germany aged 16. Most of the time I ate with the family, but my host mother made me a great packed lunch for a daytrip I was taking with the other exchange students one particular day. I can still remember the things in that lunchbox - some fat Frikadellen (meatballs), German potato salad, a sandwich, fruit, real German apple juice, some minature German choc bars which I was just learning to enjoy so was substantial because we were to be out all day. Anyway, the story has a sad ending because I forgot my lunchbox Obviously the devastation has lived on through the years.... By the time I got home someone else had scoffed the lot!

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Old Jul 9th, 2005, 04:29 AM
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patrick.. totally agree on the sizing.. amazingly enough, you really have to be careful when buying the large size in spain for it many times is more expensive than the smaller ones!!!( and yes, they are MINI sizes sometimes.. drives me nuts).

Makro is the only place i know here (Spain)that has super sizes, and not in all products, of course, but with the previous mentioned glitch.

i got my biggest culture shock out west(USA) at a family ranch. everything was super-sized in pantry. they made their "own" everything from scratch.. and went shopping a couple times a YEAR!!!! (wow!)=.

also. they raised cattle.
and to this day, i have not stayed on a ranch where the cattle owners enjoy rare beef.

i was just warning the host mom that so many families get excited spending time and energy taking these kids to see things they think are going to impress them, and then they comment at how unappreciative or unresponsive they are.

i know how much thought and time and care goes into this from the american volunteer host family side. it CAN and SHOULD be a wonderful experience if both sides "click".. and mutual understanding of each one's needs and interests will help that.

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