Scavenger hunt and cooking class

Trip Start Jan 20, 2010
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Trip End May 15, 2010


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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

(February 27th) Today we listened to a lecture about the Cypriot problem and attend a cooking class. The cooking class was taught by a local chief who is the head of the culinary arts program here at the university and who went to school at Johnson and Wales in Rhode Island. He talked about converting pounds to kilograms, which was helpful as well as local customs (don't ask for a doggy bag because the waiter will think you are bringing it home to your dog and didn’t like it). He cooked us raviolis stuffed with halloumi cheese (pre-made bought from the store), grilled halloumi cheese in pita pockets, and keftedes (cooked meatballs). I got to go up and help him serve the food along with one of the girls who lives across the hall from me. After I sat down to eat a group of hotel owners from Asia and the Middle East came in on a tour of the school and took pictures of videos and us. During this I was trying to cut a meatball and sent it flying off my plate and came very close to hitting one of the woman on the tour. I went to stand up to go get it and she thought I was talking to her so she came over and started talking to me but I was bright red and had started laughing when I knocked my meatball off. It was a fun experience.

After the cooking class we had a scavenger hunt around the university, neighborhood and all the way out to the old city. We had to do things such as take a picture in front of the Greek church down the street, find out how much laundry detergent cost at a certain store, etc. The hunt was divided into the things around the university, the neighborhood and the old city. Our final stop was to end up at Xefoto to turn in our sheets and have dinner. I was on a team with my roommates (Paige and Anna) and Andrea who lives across the hall. Once we finished the neighborhood and the university, we took a cab to the old city, while walking around we got very turned around and lost. We showed a handful of people the address to where we needed to get to but no one knew where we were going. It was starting to get dark, the streets were deserted and we needed to be there by 7 (it was 6:55). We ended up finding it in the end but we were unable to finish all the items on the list.

We went back to the same place for dinner (Xefoto) as the night before. We walked in and the owner remembered us. I needed up having the village salad for dinner while the other girls got food from chilies next door. We sat at the same table as the girls we eat with the night before. They had ordered lamb and let us try a bite, which melted in your mouth like butter, it had been slow cooked all day. Toward the end of our dinner a live band started Greek music and a bunch of people started dancing the traditional steeps, and playing the tambourine and showering people with paper confetti. The place was loud and alive. Our dinner always last two hours filled with lots of conversation and wine.  
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