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Jeremy Ingram

A Vast Empire

By | 2017, Europe | No Comments

I remember the first time I ever saw a Roman aqueduct. When I was about six or seven years old my family took a trip through Syria. I specifically remember being really excited about it because we had learned about them in class not long before. It was three arches high and seemed to stretch on forever.

Being from a place that was no stranger to Roman ruins, I found a particular interest in these systems. The first running water in history and how much these masterpieces have shaped society all around the world is fascinating to think about.

Yesterday we toured the town of Perugia, in Italy. When we were heading to supper, I had the great joy of getting to walk on one that had been turned into a path. As I stood on the cobblestone path built so long ago, I was instantly brought back to seeing the aqueducts in the Middle East. In the moment of reminiscing on childhood memory one thought came to me. I was just in Rome the other day, and now I’m standing in one of the greatest architectural achievements of their empire. Thinking back to the ones in Syria I was suddenly hit with the true span of the empire the Romans had. Thinking about how far away the Middle East is and how they have the same things built by the same people really hit me hard. I always knew the Romans had a massive empire that reached the Middle East, but thinking about how far away I am has been on my mind lately. These last few days have really put into perspective for me how vast and great the empire truly was.

The Spice of Life

By | 2016, Asia | No Comments

Food in Thailand is some of the best food I have had in a long time. While almost everything you eat there is served on rice, with fried noodles or in a curry soup, there is still a wide variety of meal options for even the pickiest of eaters to choose from. From the spiciest dish you’ll ever try to plain fried rice with a fried egg over it, Thailand offers an array of intense yet amazing flavours that will completely blow your mind.

A delicious home cooked Thai meal.

The best dish that I tried in Thailand is the classic pad Thai. This world famous dish has an egg noodle base with fried greens, fish sauce and fried eggs and either chicken or shrimp all mixed together and topped with some crushed peanuts to add some crunch to this otherwise soft dish. This dish is usually eaten by using chopsticks to get the noodles onto a spoon; however, foreigners often prefer to opt out on the spoon as most think this is the ‘authentic’ way to eat.

One of the main things to consider in Thailand while ordering a dish is the level of spice. If there is a dish on a menu that is usually served spicy and you don’t order it with out spice, your in for a hard night (it also hurts just as much coming out as it does going in).

Papaya salad is usually served with lunch and served extremely spicy. The reason behind this is that by mid day after working all morning, the spice wakes you up and gives you an energy boost to get you through the next part of the day. Similarly to this in North America is having a mid day coffee break to get some caffeine.

Over all I would strongly recommend trying anything you can while in Thailand. As with a lot of cultures worldwide, food is a huge part of tradition and everyday life. The people there take pride in the food that they eat and if you just stick to pizza and wings while your there, then you have really missed out on one of the best parts of Thailand.