How to Survive a Christmas Abroad

Sorry I’ve fallen off the face of the Earth! I’ve been too busy living it up to update this (though one of my New Years Resolutions is to do better, we’ll see how that goes). I was originally going to post this forever ago (as in before I surprised my mother by suddenly appearing at home for Christmas) but there’s no point in keeping up that charade that I’m spending all of the Holidays abroad.

I did get a bit of travel in before I came back to Chicago, with some quick visits to Amsterdam to see the cousins, London to see Queen in concert and Dublin to see Guinness before I came back. In just a few days I’m off again to snowboard in France and explore Croatia before the new semester starts!

However, I know these tips are still applicable for people out at Christmas. While some people may not be able to fly home, others may not feel welcome at home, or not have a place to call home at all. To any and everyone wondering WTF their plan is for the holidays, hopefully these tips can help:

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Wake Me Up When September Ends

Give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world.

Kaiser Wilhelm

My apologies for not posting for an eternity and a half, things have been a bit crazy here!

Our first review was this past week for architecture, so of course I spent long hours in studio. However, I am extraordinarily proud of the work I turned out (for once), and my reviews went well! In celebration of finishing round one, our professor took us to to Skovshoved (an adorable former fishing village on the coast) to take part in a communal dinner with the local community. We gave presentations to the locals on vernacular architecture and discussed possible ways to implement a traditional fish smokery in hopes of bringing more tourists to the area. After that, we were somehow roped into a political panel on how to keep young international talent in Denmark. Odd, yet flattering.

Most importantly, though: I went to Oktoberfest!

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Stress Baking is the Best Baking

This summer went by in a blur! Last Friday was my last day working at Mod, and I was kind of sad to go. I had some absolutely amazing coworkers and the work we did was actually super fun (when the deadlines were reasonable). I’m going to miss it there.

In honor of my last day, I decided to make a little something to bring into the office: roasted apricot and basil scones (and sangria). Continue reading “Stress Baking is the Best Baking”