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作者：Matt Chiu from WelcomeHome Multi-language Support
在英國除了有名的炸魚薯條, 傳統的英式早午餐也是一樣在英國生活裡不應該錯過的體驗, 在放假的早晨睡到自然醒, 信步晃到街上,悠悠閒閒的吃頓早午餐當作一天的開始, 看著街上希希嚷嚷的人群走過, 這時口中吃下的不只是一份美味的食物, 更是一份難能可貴的寧靜.
不過假如此時吃的是一份難以下嚥的英式早午餐, 想必這口口吃下去的再也不是寧靜, 而是被坑錢的憤怒, 一天的優閒也變成了一天的幽怨, 其實在這大家公認不會吃東西的英國, 這種情形其實很容易發生, 英國遍地都是的酒吧, 咖啡廳或是餐館都可以在菜單上看到傳統早餐的蹤影, 而內容也不外乎就是炒蛋,烤番茄,香腸,培根,煮豆子,蘑菇以及吐司搭上橙汁,咖啡以及茶的組合(如果是蘇格蘭則還會加上黑布丁以及羊雜).
看似簡單到不行的傳統英式早餐, 只要一些小細節的不同就會造成天與地的差別, 所以要如何挑選一份好吃的英式早餐呢?
1.菜單: 大部分的英式早餐菜單都是簡單的把所有東西寫出來, 蛋就寫蛋,香腸就寫香腸, 培根就培根等等, 但有些店裡的菜單會特別註明食材的產地,Scottish eggs, Wales bacon等等,不要懷疑,就試下這家吧, 因為他們通常都是用了比較高級或是著名的料~
3.偷看大家的飲料: 通常早餐的咖啡很少人會點espresso, 那麼理論上你會看到一杯正常大小的咖啡, 假如你看到大家桌上都是放著espresso的杯子, 那麼也不用期待喝到新鮮現榨的橙汁了,如果還是想試試這家店,那麼請默默閉上眼讓這家店打劫你的錢包吧…
作者：王子薇 来自 WelcomeHome Multi-language Support
Author： Ziwei Wang from WelcomeHome Multi-language Support
On this day two years ago, I posted a blog that said: "I just notice that library is a good place for day dreaming..."
两年后，我发现自己竟然因缘巧合地坐在和两年前同一张桌子前to make my dream come true...。
Now I found I am sitting in the same place as two years ago to make my dream come true...
Time flies. To remember the dream I had made two years ago, I am glad that I am getting closer to it step by step. Even though it is hard, I believe it is worth it.
Looking back on the two years that I have been in the UK by myself. It feels like being on a roller coaster with many ups and downs, breathtaking but really interesting. My friend told me"Studying abroad is as hard as XiaXiang(To let educated youth settle in the countryside as members of agricultural production brigades)." I agree with it as I had never thought studying abroad is an easy thing. It was like a hardtack which compressed all the good things and bad things in my life. Once eaten, it will inflate and fill your life immediately. Sometimes it may inflate too fast for me to get use to it. However I think it is a precious experience of mine.
From feeling excited when I got the offer from the University to feeling frustrated when I got the grade of my first essay;
From feeling curious and joy about a new environment to feeling sad and homesick from hiding by myself in my room;
From enjoying the freedom and independence from detaching from my parents to feeling afraid and overwhelmed when facing the problems by myself;
From feeling delight and looking forward to my future in the graduation ceremony to having a painful struggle when facing the reality of job hunting and the dilemma of leaving or staying;
From making my decision with soaring aspirations to achieve my dream to now feeling peaceful and hopeful after many twists and turns.
Studying abroad is full of the conflicts feelings which is always ups and downs, have both happiness and sadness.
So if you have a dream today, remember to hold it, as one day it will come true.
No matter what situation are you in at the moment, eg. You are going to study abroad; you are doing your study in a foreign country or you are just going to finish it. Please ensure yourself always ready for facing both the joyful and depressed moment, as life can never be prefect in every moment. However all the hard work we do now is for our brilliant future, just like the "DAY DREAM" that I made two years ago in the library.
Lets work hard for your dream!
In this Thursday evening WelcomeHome workshop we talked about life after graduating…We noticed that graduation has two sides; on the positive side, we can finally say goodbye to our student life which is a great accomplishment. We can grow up and go on to enjoy our freedom, being an adult; on the other hand it also means more challenges and choices to face and more responsibilities to be taken by ourselves. It is not an easy thing and we need to prepare enough for our future. Graduation is a turning point which is important for everyone.
In the workshop we got a chance to be aware of our feelings at the turning point. We pictured our future, talked about the meaning of a job for each person and we found some other choices after graduating apart from looking for a job. I hope you can be inspirited and be able to think in a different way about graduation, work and your future. There are some ideas according to what we have found.
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Please empty your fridge before leave
---- For people coming from overseas
Cooking has never been an important thing for MIaosheng Li until 2009，when she was "abandoned" in London, UK. A place famous for Big Ben, Harry Potter, The Queen, or... boring food....
Occasionally the sense of loneliness for people coming from overseas.
Just like all foreigners, she has to face all the difficulties on her own. However her enthusiasm for food became a good way for her to deal with the sense of loneliness. So she promised to herself:
Cannot be careless for food; Cannot waste food and make as big a variety as she can.
At the beginning, cooking is only because of her cravings. Can you imagine a Chinese girl living in a foreign country, how difficult it could be, if there is no home cooked dish in her life?
So she started to have Beef noodles, lanzhou Pork, home made jelly on her dining table. Gradually, she realized these home cooked dishes can help to relieve her negative feelings.Then gradually it developed into a habits:
Any food she wants must be cooked by herself.
Food and the smell of cooking became a significant part in her life in a foreign country. "Have a good meal " became a simple and easy way that she cares for herself.
Cooking gradually became a essential part of her life. The smell of the food from her kitchen arouse her thoughts about the meaning of home.
She said: when I set the stove to cook it is like the gravity which can make me feel like coming back down to earth. This is the most important meaning of a home for me. In other words, this is the power that can help and support me overcome the countless feelings of sadness, frustration and all the other bad feelings I have experienced or am experiencing , and enable me to came back to be myself.
This is a normal story about an ordinary girl with her five kitchens. Whenever she is going to leave home, she will try all her best to finish the food in her fridge in a prefect way. As food for her means energy, memories, and a greeting for her new day.
Maybe you are also a lonely person drifting in somewhere of the world. Maybe you also have many gloomy mood which cannot talk with others about.
This book can make you realise how the food can help you overcome your difficulties.
If you like cooking, then no matter where you are,
Cooking is everything.
Feeling lonely, depressed, frustrated, homesick.... Maybe these are the bad things that everyone from overseas will have to experience. I believe people could have their own way to deal with them. For example, the author Miaosheng Li. Cooking is her special way to overcome all the difficulties. Her kitchen which is full of familiar smells like home can arouse her feeling that make her feel safe and comfortable, where she can relieve her negative feelings. Then everything in her world became better.
If you have not found your way to deal with the bad feelings whilst living a foreign country yet, then simply join us. Let us be your second home in the UK, be your gravity, and help you to feel grounded, find your true self and the homely feeling in a familiar environment, languages and culture background.
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