Memories of IDays 2015: is it possible to taste a culture?


In anticipation of International Days 2016, I would like to share my wonderful memories about International Days last year.

As we have already learned at the University, culture is a system of values and norms that are shared among a group of people, and that when taken together constitute a design for living.

Do you think it is possible to taste a culture?

Intercultural Council Club proved that it is possible, and the taste of culture is unique and individual for each of us, and by the way, very delicious. I am talking about Taste of Culture event organized by Intercultural Council. Intercultural Council is a student club that aiming to increase and promote cultural awareness, engage students in learning more about different cultures, and build a strong level of intercultural competence on campus. During Taste of Culture event, Council presented five cuisines from the different countries all over the world. Intercultural Council prepared Canadian Poutine, Chinese and Russian dumplings, Swedish meatballs, and African (Mali) Matake. In addition, during this event students could try real, strong, and energizing Colombian coffee.

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Swedish Meat Bolls                  Canadian Poutine                            Russian dumplings

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Colombian coffee                        Chinese dumplings                         African Matake

I really enjoyed all the dishes, especially African dessert and Chinese dumplings. I also took part in a workshop for cooking Russian dumplings. It was an amazing experience for me and many other students.

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From my point of view, that event had a unique value for International Days and campus life because students discovered various food tastes from different places of the world that they might never have a chance to visit. Moreover, students could participate in cooking this delicious food and learn new recipes. In addition, it is a precious opportunity for students to spread awareness about your cultural values, traditions, and recipes,  improve your spoken English by talking to different people, and find new friends.

This year I am looking forward to visiting Around the World in 80 Minutes that will be held by Intercultural Council on March 17 from 3 – 4:30 pm. I also would love to participate in Beer Seminar & Tasting on March 16 from 6 – 9 pm.

Detailed schedule of Intercultural Days events you can find under the following link: http://www.tru.ca/internationaldays/schedule.html

What events would you like to visit during International Week? Share your opinions below in comments.

Feel free to share your memories about International Days 2015 in comments below.

 



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