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29 October 2013



I've been pipe-dreaming about master's at Leeds. Medieval studies.

The Other Kristen

Lovely -- and so terribly resonant for me, another American who spent a full year at a British university, having my head explode almost daily from the intensity of the academic expectations and the strangeness of that very different English-speaking culture. Some of my moments of revelation also involved cooking, That was the year I realized how easy it was to roast a whole turkey, and how difficult it was to roast it perfectly. Also the year I learned to respect port, and to love coffee. I'm in Rome now, supervising a group of American students who are here for only the semester, and I keep wondering, and hoping, that they will have those same "epiphanic moments of daily life." I'm not certain they will, though, for so many reasons (not least my presence as buffer).

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