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Stan and Karen Johnson


Welcome to the newest edition of Going Global, the monthly newsletter that provides readers with information and reflections on the international experiences of GCC students. Presented by: The Stan and Karen Johnson Office of International Education Director: Dr. Lois Johnson Field Director: Dr. Mark Reuber Staff Assistant: Mrs. Jennifer Gilliland Student Assistants: Justine Simon, Erin Wheeler, Allison Hafner, Micayla Wright, Geoffrey Hall, Sara Smith, Marley Kropp, and Natalie Webb

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A Year Abroad – by Marley Kropp I was feeling disoriented in the Boston Airport. I had just said “Puedo ayudarle,” to the woman trying to work the automatic paper towel dispenser in the bathroom. She looked at me confusedly. Wait! They speak English here! I thought. “I can help you,” I repeated in English. I waved my hand in front of the motion sensor, and a paper towel appeared. A student who had been on my flight looked at me and smiled. We had both just flown from Spain to the US after a semester of studying abroad. We started talking about how strange it was to hear announcements in English and to be able to understand the conversations happening around us. We wished each other good luck with the rest of our journeys home. That was May 5th, 2016. That was not the first time I had felt disoriented in the last year. That feeling started almost as soon as I left Grove City after finals in May 2015. My mom helped me pack everything up, and we drove away from campus at the end of my sophomore year. I would not set foot on campus for over a year. I wanted to study abroad in Spain ever since I started studying Spanish in high school. Once I arrived at college, I decided to go to Spain in the spring of my junior year. My parents and I also started talking about a May intersession SSFT trip to the UK and France at the end of my sophomore year. This trip was the perfect opportunity for me to fulfill a class requirement, go to the UK and even France, and stick to the plan of studying in Spain for a semester. In the spring of my sophomore year, I found out that I was accepted to study at Ulster University in Northern Ireland through a scholarship program. I also found out that I was accepted to the US-UK Fulbright Commission’s Wales Summer Institute. Fulbright Summer Institutes happen all over the UK, and they are completely funded by the Fulbright Commission for students in their first and second years of college. In spite of all these unfolding travel plans, the goal was not always to study abroad for a year. Many people see the end product and go, “Wow! A whole year! You’re so lucky.” Actually, luck had nothing to do with it; my family’s hard work and sacrifices were everything. My family made it possible for me to take three intersessions to finish all my non-major class requirements by the end of my sophomore year. Because I did that, I could spend an entire year abroad without losing any opportunities to take classes of my choice during my senior year, for which I am incredibly grateful.

Three days after I left Grove City in May 2015, I boarded a plane to London for an SSFT travel course led by Dr. Anderson and Dr. Bardy. It was a fantastic experience. We spent a few days in London and visited famous places such as Westminster Abbey and the British Museum. We also went to Paris, where we talked about Jean Baptiste-Lamarck and the study of natural history in France. We spent the last part of the trip in Nantes. One day, everyone visited Oniris, the university in Nantes with which GCC has a partnership. We had fascinating conversations with French students about natural history and about their lives in France. I flew home from France on my twentieth birthday. After three weeks at home in late May and early June, I flew to the UK to begin six weeks in Wales with the Fulbright Commission with seven other American students from all over the country. For the first two weeks, we were based in Cardiff University in Cardiff, the capital of Wales. Then, we went to Bangor University in North Wales and Aberystwyth University in Mid-Wales for two weeks each. We learned about the history, language, culture, politics, and traditions of Wales. I wrote academic essays about the country’s diverse cultural identity. At the end of our time there, everyone presented their work to our professors and attended a fancy reception in our honor. The summer in Wales was unforgettable. I flew home on August 1st. I spent five weeks at home, and I saw some of my Grove City friends. My friends were wonderful about keeping in touch during all the time I was away, and they continued to be over the next year. On Labor Day, I flew to Belfast, Northern Ireland. The first two weeks there were filled with orientation activities for all the international students arriving at Ulster University.

I lived on campus in a flat with Kim, an American; Lauren, a Canadian; and Yuan, who was from Beijing. I loved being an international student. In addition to my flatmates, I became friends with people from Sweden, Switzerland, France, and all over the US. In our free time, my friends and I explored Belfast, hiked, visited castles, explored St. George’s Market, listened to performances of traditional Irish music, and got to know the areas surrounding Belfast.

Three classes per semester is the norm in the UK. I had two classes on Tuesday and one class on Wednesday. I took marketing and communication classes that counted towards my major. I loved learning about familiar subject material from a Northern Irish perspective. Because I did most of my schoolwork on the days that I had class, I had plenty of free time to explore. On the long weekends, I explored Belfast and the rest of Northern Ireland, visited Dublin and Cork with friends, and took a solo trip to Scotland to see Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Loch Lomond. My mom visited me in November, and we went to Dublin, Galway, the Aran Islands, and Belfast. On the last weekend of the semester, three of my friends and I went to Florence for four days. After we came back, I took my finals, and it was time to go. The semester was fantastic; I had become hooked on Irish music and on Northern Irish history. I did not want to go home in December. Over the holidays, I moped. I was glad to see my family and I even got together with my college friends again, but my heart was still in Ireland. I was not fun to live with, but my gracious parents patiently listened to my stories and recognized that I was struggling. However, they made me realize that it was time to snap out of it and time to think about Spain.

I landed in Seville in early January and met other students in my program, including my roommate Cassie, at the airport. Cassie and I didn’t know each other, but fortunately, we clicked right away. That’s one of the themes of my year abroad: the people made the experience. I met great people everywhere that I went. While I was in Seville, my friends Bethany and Greg from Grove City were there. I was happy to see some familiar faces after starting over with new people every few months. For the first two weeks in Seville, Cassie and I attended an intensive Spanish grammar class with the other students in our program. Then, the regular semester at the University of Seville started. I took classes in English about photography and the relationship between the US and the EU and classes in Spanish about the history of the Arab-Islamic world and Spanish phonetics. I loved my classes. Each one met twice a week, and there were no classes on Friday. On trips with ISA, my program provider, I saw Madrid, Toledo, Granada, and Córdoba. On trips with friends, I visited various towns in southern Spain and explored Seville.

Studying in Spain was difficult. Cassie and I shared a room in our host family’s apartment. My host mom and I got along, but I did not have warm, fuzzy feelings for her like some of my other friends who studied abroad felt for their host families. Speaking Spanish every day was difficult even though I had studied the language for six years. I had trouble understanding the southern Spanish accent. Cultural differences were more apparent than they had been in Northern Ireland and Wales, and I could not become accustomed to the enormous amounts of food that my host mom served. I do not know what I would have done without the support of my family and friends.

Spain stretched me and challenged me in ways that I needed to grow. I took breaks when I needed to by traveling to other places. For a week at Easter, I went on a solo trip to Oxford, England, which was a bucket list destination. Over a different week-long break, I went to France to stay with my friend Pauline, whom I had met in Belfast. I also visited my Grove City friend Suzanne, who was studying in Paris. Suzanne had already visited me in Seville, which was wonderful. Each time that I went back to Seville, I felt refreshed. On our last night in Seville, my friends and I sat alongside the Guadalquivir River and talked about our semester. I thought about my year away. I was thankful for the adventure, but it was time to go home to my family. The next day, when I landed in Philadelphia, I ran with all of my suitcases to see my dad. Being at home over the summer was hard as I experienced the reality of reverse culture shock. I was confused and frustrated as I adapted to life back at home with my family, and I struggled to feel content where I was. My family was there for me through all of that. Long conversations with my mom helped me to reflect and deal with emotions and thoughts that I had not processed for an entire year. I will spend the rest of my life understanding how my time abroad has affected me. Through it all, my family and friends have given me tough love when I need it and a safe place to vent. Even if I do not express it the right way all the time, I am truly thankful for my amazing support network. Maybe you connect with my struggles with culture shock and reverse culture shock. Maybe you didn’t know that studying abroad could be so awesome or so challenging. Maybe you are on the fence about studying abroad or encouraging someone else to study abroad and you’re wondering if all the planning and the sacrifices are worth it. Here’s my answer to you: absolutely. When you go abroad, the memories you make and the lessons you learn will be with you for the rest of your life.

By Natalie Webb Veritas Christian Study Abroad offers students a very unique opportunity: Help to grow the kingdom while continuing to further your education abroad. Veritas sends missionswilling students abroad to several countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, England, France, South Africa, and South Korea. Areas of mission opportunity are varied and include campus, children’s, orphanage, refugee ministries; special needs and elder care; English clubs; worship leading and more. Why study with Veritas Christian Study Abroad? You will have opportunities to work with local ministries while earning college credit toward your degree. Serving others in the host culture for a semester or summer program will enhance your immersion experience and give you a broader understanding of the joys and challenges of cross-cultural ministry beyond the experience of a shortterm mission trip.

Many students have been faced with a choice: Study abroad or go on a Mission trip. Get academic credit, or spread the kingdom of God. Now, thanks to ISA's mission-minded addition to their study abroad business, students no longer have to struggle over that dilemma. Students will be able to work with local ministries within the community to intentionally develop leadership, cross-cultural relations, and other necessary aspects of being a well-rounded human. This is all possible for students while still working on their education and degree; there is no reason to sacrifice anything. "Serving others in the host culture for a semester or summer program will enhance your immersion experience and give you a broader understanding of the joys and challenges of cross-cultural ministry beyond the experience of a short-term mission trip.“ The mission of Veritas Christian Study Abroad is to provide college-level study abroad programs at host universities and help students develop as mission-minded Christian leaders as they learn to live and serve in another culture. ISA has identified a need in the Christian community, and in the purpose-driven youth of our culture today and thus decided to do something about it. Having provided study abroad opportunities for students for over 28 years, ISA found this unique chance to both widen their business appeal, fulfill a need in the community, and help spread the love of Christ throughout the world in an engaging, unique, and evolving way. Interested? Check it out at!

Student Testimonials Costa Rica

“Veritas Christian Abroad was the best decision of my life. I left for Costa Rica for three months and halfway into the second month I decided to stay for a second semester. God really changes you through the abroad experience, more than just school and mission work He uses every single little part of it to capture you and reveal Himself to you. I had an amazing adventure for 8.5 months in Costa Rica with 6 of them being for Veritas Abroad and I can honestly say I would do it all over again. Highly recommend abroad life to anyone!!" Kelli B., California Baptist University, Costa Rica 2015

"As an individual constantly seeking adventure and new experiences, my time in Spain with our mission mentor and Veritas peers was more than I could have possibly imagined. It was not what I expected in any capacity but challenged and stretched me in ways that I didn’t know I could be challenged and stretched. I feel a sense of humility and gratitude at being given such an experience and can only pray that other students had as meaningful as an encounter with such a vibrant culture." Maddison M., Evangel University, Spain 2014

South Korea


"Veritas has helped me grow in my spiritual faith and as an individual. Prior to coming to Korea, I was very dependent on my family. Every circumstance was an opportunity for me to grow here. I know God was behind everything and I could trust him every step of the way." Alicia V., University of Northwestern-St. Paul, South Korea 2014

“With Veritas Christian Study Abroad, all programs are designed to include mission experience and education, both in and out of the classroom.”

Q: Where are you from?

A: I grew up in Canada in a small town near Toronto. About eight years ago I moved to Spain to teach at St. Louis University’s Madrid Campus.

Q: Why did you come to Grove City? What do you teach here?

A: I have actually been to Grove City twice before, once as an undergraduate and once as a professor. When I heard that Grove City had a program for visiting professors in the economics department, I decided I would sign up to teach a class. The official title of the course is The Evolution of Money and Banking. In it I trace the invention and development of monetary institutions, focusing in particular on the United States’ Federal Reserve.

Q: In what ways is Grove City different from the university where you teach in Spain?

A: The academics at the university where I teach are very Americanized, so there aren’t too many differences there. One major contrast, however, is in the makeup of the student population. About half of the students are Americans, 1/3 are European, and another 1/3 are Arabs and North Africans. St. Louis University in Madrid is a Jesuit school, so like Grove City people are very open about their faith.

Q: What are some of the cultural differences you have noticed between the United States and Canada?

A: American society is much more politicized than Canadian, though this may be due in part to the fact that it is an election year. Canada also serves as an intermediary between American and European culture.

Q: What do you mean by this?

A: In America, it is necessary to own a car because there are specialized areas for living, eating, and working which are often a long ways apart. In Spain, as elsewhere in Europe, businesses are on the first floor of buildings while living areas are higher up. There is also a much better public transportation system. As a whole, this creates a sense of communal solidarity that you get a little bit more of in Canada than you do in the United States.

Q: Did you have any difficulty adjusting to Spanish society?

A: One thing that I learned early on is that Spaniards are much more direct in their conversations than Americans. While it is common in America to say that you are doing well even if you are not, a Spaniard will always tell you what he or she is feeling. I thought this was rude at first, but over time I accepted it as being a part of their culture. Learning the language was difficult, in particular the hand motions that go along with the words. I have found that I am now much more expressive in my speech than I was before.

Q: What is your overall impression of Grove City?

A: The people are very nice and the town is very pretty. If my wife and I had to move anywhere in the United States, we would probably choose to live in Western Pennsylvania.

Question of the Month: “What was your most memorable travel experience abroad?” By Justine Simon “Last semester, I traveled to Paris for part of spring break. It was my first time truly traveling alone, and I was a little nervous about navigating the airport, bus line, and metro. Everything went smoothly until I got to the metro station. For some reason neither of my bank cards were working, and all I had were large bills. I had no choice but to use one, and it felt like change started spewing from the machine. No sooner than I had grabbed all of my tickets when I dropped them on the floor. And once I had picked all of them up, I dropped my open wallet. All that change that I had just received went rolling all over the place. The line of people behind me let out one, simultaneous huff of annoyance. Euro coins are worth much more than any US coins, so there was no way I was leaving them. I had to get down on my hands and knees and collect all of the coins, crawling around the feet of some very exasperated Francophones. I still cringe thinking about it.”



“A ‘memorable’ travel experience for me occurred right at the beginning of my trip when, exhausted from a fifteen hour flight, I found myself in the hippie capital of Australia for a three day orientation. We were staying in a hippie/Rastafarian lodge and I had to share a cramped room with two other guys and wasn’t even able to unpack. Needless to say, it was a shocking, disorienting and uncomfortable experience which definitely started me off on the wrong foot for my semester abroad.”

“Bus tours are normally expensive and appear to be a tourist trap, but when we were in Barcelona, my friends and I invested in a ticket to see the city and it was definitely worth it! It took us to all of the spots we wanted to see, plus tons of extras we hadn’t even thought about and ended up loving! It was an easy way to get to every inch of the city, while also hearing more about it on the drive. Plus, riding on the top in the Spanish sunshine wasn’t the worst way to travel.”


Interview with Dr. Bardy -- Faculty Led Trips

By Micayla Wright

What role do you have within the OIE? I’m the Assistant Director to the Study Center. For the past 8 years I’ve been responsible for off-semester programs intersessions and summer courses abroad in Nantes, and I also help with aspects of the fall program. For each intersession I team up with teaching faculty to coordinate the academics of the course with sites at and around the study center in Nantes. We usually travel within a 500 – 600 mile radius to sites such as Paris, Normandy, London and Angers. What are some of the highlights of the trips? One highlight for students is the opportunity to interact with local French students from ONIRIS. This allows them to experience the cultural through local eyes given them a more integrated experience. Another highlight is when students have that “ah-ha” moment; when they are able to see the things they’re learning about first hand. For example, we study Darwin in SSFT, and we get to go to Darwin’s house. And then it’s always cool for students to see the different age of the cities we visit, it gives them a new grasp on the term “old”. What’s your favorite thing about leading these trips? I have dual French-American citizenship and have been going to France for a number of years. I enjoy showing people the country I love and helping them appreciate the similarities and differences between the cultures. Clisson is one of my favorite places to take students. It has an Italian feel to it. It’s not a place that people think of going to, but it has its own distinct beauty and character that people enjoy seeing.

Spring/Summer 2016 Photo Contest Winners:

Faculty Led Travel

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

By Allison Hafner

By Katy Gibson

My intersession group just got finished having dinner on the Eiffel Tower, so I felt it would be really symbolic if I took a photo of us leaving the iconic landmark when it was lit up so beautifully. It was also raining outside during this time, and the light looked very unique with it raining. My group was exiting the Eiffel Tower, and it was the last night in Paris. This is the last time I saw the Tower.

Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France My two friends and I went there one night hoping to see this beautiful building. We ended up spending a long time trying to get into the Arc but it was closed. We almost ran across 6 lanes of traffic to get closer but gladly we didn’t. Instead we stood across the street from the Arc and took pictures. We even found two American girls to take our picture! It was a crazy whirlwind evening and I got an amazing photo from the experience!

By Katherine Webb

Amsterdam, Netherlands By Karli Feaster

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France My photo is of the Eiffel Tower at night after finishing dinner in the Eiffel Tower just moments earlier. The Eiffel Tower is always lit up at night, and as my group was walking toward the metro to go back to our hotel, the beauty of the glowing tower at night made me want to stop and take a picture of the view.

By Caroline Cappetta

York, England By Sara Giesler

Spring/Summer 2016 Photo Contest Winners:

Study Abroad

Louvre, Paris, France

By Megan Crutcher

My photo is from one of the times I went to the Louvre at 9pm on a Friday. My French student ID got me in free. It is open until 10pm on Fridays, and almost empty of tourists, so I basically got lost in the Louvre several times when it was almost empty. The courtyard with the pyramid would always be relatively uncrowded at this time too. It was an amazing and ethereal experience to be around all that famous art and architecture without the loud and bustling tourists. When I came out of the Louvre one time, the sun was glowing just right and I snapped this photo.

Cinque Terre, Italy By Bethany Thomson

Community of Mashient, Ecuador

By Micayla Wright

I spent this summer in Ecuador working on clean water projects in remote jungle villages. Pictured is a home in the community of Mashient. On this trip, our team was flown into Mashient to live and work alongside the people for 5 days. By the end of the week we had found and captured two freshwater springs and had dug out an area for a tank to be built. Mashient is a two day walk from the nearest neighboring community; the people only have each other. They live each day serving each other and the community as a whole in the work they do. When there is a project to be done, everyone contributes. They hunt, gather, cook, and relax together; they all know one another and care for each other. This picture is a reminder to me of how God intended humans to live. These people have very little material possessions, but they are a part of an incredible community. It's a humble reminder of the beauty of simplicity in life and that it's God who sustains us.

Tromso, Norway

By Ellen Benbow This photo was taken during a trip to northern Norway on the way back down from a hike. The views are typical of Norwegian nature: snow, water, and brightly-colored, wooden houses.

Buddhist Temple, Seoul, South Korea

By Sam Archibald This picture was taken at Bongeunsa Temple, a Buddhist monastery in Seoul, South Korea. I was exploring the Gangnam district, one of the most cosmopolitan sections of Seoul (Yes, as in Gangnam style), when I stumbled upon the elegant complex. Its peace and quiet contrasted beautifully with the hum of the surrounding city. I walked among the Lotus gardens and the shrines, watching the monks go about their daily chores. It was a moving and humbling experience.

Intern in Spain!

By Justine Simon

Interning abroad is an awesome yet overlooked opportunity for many students. There are a variety of different program providers that offer various internships in a number of different countries. Internships provide students with hands on experience that can directly apply to their field of study and future employment plans. To give you just a taste of what interning abroad could look like, here is a breakdown of a few different opportunities in Spain:

IES: Barcelona! IES seeks to provide their participants with full-time work experience through guaranteed internship placement. Students seeking to intern in Barcelona can do so in a variety of different subject fields such as architecture, business, journalism, and law. Because it is a full-time internship, students spend twelve weeks immersing themselves in the life of Barcelona. Program Overview: • 3 credits • 12 weeks (fall or spring) • $8,990 • city and internship orientation • many possible field trips For more information, check out their website:

Athena: Salamanca! Is it possible to study abroad and complete an internship during the same semester? The answer is yes! Athena helps students to enrich their study abroad experience by interning alongside a regular course study. They offer a wide variety of internships in several of their program locations, one being Salamanca. When studying in Salamanca, students can intern in the area of health science for optional course credit. Program Overview: • credits available • partnered with the study abroad semester • $9,500-$11,200 • intern at a hospital/clinic For more information, check out their website: 18

ISA: Madrid! With a specialized internship match program, ISA assists prospective students in selecting the perfect internship for them. Their goal is to find the right internship for each participant based on their major, skills, and future career goals. There are a variety of academic fields available for internships in Madrid such as arts, humanities, environmental studies, and computer science. Program Overview: • 6 credits • 8 weeks (four different date options) • $6,400 • personal advisor to help in the process For more information, check out their website:

API: Seville! API international internships provide unique opportunities for participants to explore and cultivate their future career path through career cultivation, career exploration, and selfdiscovery. Seville is overflowing with Spanish culture, rich in history, and only one hour’s drive from the beach! Program Overview: • 6 credits (additional cost) • $5,115 for six weeks • flexible ending date for extended travel • multi-day workplace and culture orientation For more information, check out their website:



2017 May Intersession

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Huma 200: Western Civilization Huma 303: Civilization and the Speculative Mind Phil 290/RELI 290: Classical Thought & Christian Intellectual Tradition With Dr. Kemeny and Dr. Coulter

Paul’s Workshop in Corinth (Acts 18:3)

•14 days spent exploring the biblical and classical worlds

of Greece & Rome •Estimated cost? approx. $5575 including round trip from Pittsburgh, tuition, air, lodging, & most meals For more information contact Dr. P.C. Kemeny or Dr. Michael Coulter

Explore Athens, Corinth, Rome, and Florence

More info? gccgreeceanditaly2017

St. Peter’s Basilica

Itinerary Day 1: Depart Pittsburgh Day 2: Athens Arrive and continue to seaside town of Nafplio Day 3: Epidauvros Ancient theater, Sacred Road, Tours of Temples Day 4: Corinth Tour of Palamidi Fortress, Corinth, and Acrocorninth Day 5: Athens New Acropolis Museum, Acropolis, Parthenon, Areopagus

Day 8: Athens Temple of Zeus, Panathenic Stadium, Tomb of the Unknown, National Archeological Museum Day 9: Rome Piazza del Popolo, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps Day 10: Classical Rome St. John, Colosseum, Roman Forum, Piazza Navona Day 11: Christian Rome Vatican City – Bridge of Angels, St. Peter’s Square, Vatican Museum, St. Peter’s Basilica

Day 6: Free Day Optional Three Island Cruise

Day 12: Florence Tuscany and Renaissance city of Florence – explore the Academy

Day 7: Delphi and Osios Lukas Oracle, Museum, Temple, Theater, Monestary

Day 13: Christian Rome Catacombs, St. Paul’s Outside the Walls



Travel Dates: June 3-11, 2017 Led by Prof. Sue Dreves and Prof. Pat Scheffler

This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to complete field experiences during a one week placement in one of the top three inner city schools in London. At Risley Avenue Primary School, the students come from 75 different countries speaking 47 different languages and all learning English! Many school districts ask the question of new hires, “Has the employee worked with diverse populations?” This experience will provide you with a resounding, “Yes!” Through this trip, you will have the opportunity to work with children ages 3 to 12 while initiating the required action plan research for EDUC 343 or the field experience for EDUC 324. In the evenings and weekends we explore downtown London with shopping, dinners, evensong, and a show!

EDUC 324 or 343 Total Cost of the Trip: $4,899.00

Includes tuition, airfare, room, travel while abroad, and most meals. Dates money is to be collected:

$500.00 deposit due when student enrolls First payment: October 30, for ½ of remaining amount due ($2,199.50) Second payment: February 28, other ½ remaining amount due ($2,199.50)



Shanghai Suzhou Nanjing Xi’an Beijing


HUMA 202: Civilization and Literature CHIN 320: Intro to Chinese Civilization ENGL 290: Studies in Literature SOCI 241: Medical Anthropology SOCI 290: Advanced Studies in Medical Anthropology

Visit and experience one of the most ancient and diverse cultures on the planet. A cultural and educational experience of a lifetime! FOR MORE INFORMATION: Office of International Education, HAL 319 Dr. David S. Hogsette, Dr. David Ayers,

Travel Dates: May 21 – June 1, 2017


Älplermagronen Älplermagronen is a traditional Swiss dish, and came about after the Italians were nice enough to bring pasta with them when they moved north and made friends with the inhabitants of the Alps. Often dubbed “Swiss Mac-and-Cheese” it is the pinnacle of good comfort food. By using what the Swiss are known best for, their cheese, and combining it with the unusual addition of applesauce, a unique and delicious food is made. It is a traditional peasant dish.

Serves 4 People

Ingredients 1 tbsp butter 1 onion, chopped into slices 4 small potatoes, cubed (with skin) 1.5 cups (400g) of your pasta choice 6 stripes of bacon or 4 slices of ham (optional)

1 cup (250ml) cream 1 cup (250g) cheese, grated . A Swiss Cheese (such as Gruyere, Sbrinz, Emmental) is recommended Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste Applesauce

Bring 4 cups of water of water to a boil, add salt and cook pasta according to package. Steam cubed potatoes, or add to pasta and cook until soft. Drain. If you’re using ham instead of bacon, in a frying pan, melt the butter. Add onions and them fry until soft, then add ham. If you use bacon instead, don’t add butter and instead start by frying bacon, then add onions. Drain some of the fat. Add cream but do not bring to a complete boil. Add cheese, salt, pepper, and pasta. Mix well. Add potatoes and mix in very gently to avoid breaking the potato cubes. Serve with apple sauce.

By Natalie Webb

Office of International Education Newsletter – November 2016  

Newsletter of the Stan and Karen Johnson Office of International Education at Grove City College.

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