Tellus

Tellus: (tel’us), n. 1. [Latin] earth, soil, and the land; a country; the world. 2. a collection of Willamette University student’s insights, stories, photos and thoughts from their experiences studying abroad.

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Thanksgiving in the Land the Pilgrims Fled »

This is a photo of the Thanksgiving dinner that I prepared for myself while studying abroad in England. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, because I love spending a cozy and relaxing day at home with my family. It was difficult to have my first Thanksgiving away from home in a different country, and without my [...]

La Semana de Pintxos en la Cocina Vasca »

Before coming to Spain, I had started to have an interest in food.  My father had always been very talented at cooking and despite the fact that he was born in Japan, had always had a special love for Italian food.  I went to Spain without any idea of what Spanish food would be like, [...]

They Call it: Tomate de Arbol »

They Call it: Tomate de Arbol
Emily Schmierer: Ecuador, Fall 2009

The first lunch with my host family was about as awkward as you could imagine. There was miscommunication, lack of understanding of accents, (or lack of accent on my part), my slow listening with their fast speaking, and weird pauses in conversation, all of which is [...]

The Teahouse »

In the middle of Old Town Shanghai, there is a garden called Yuyuan and on the small lake lies a teahouse only accessible by a bridge of “nine-turnings.” As I walked up the stairs into the tea-rooms, I felt as though I was entering a completely different world. This was not the China I had [...]

Hong Kong dim sum »

Hong Kong is the birthplace of dim sum. For the five months I was there, I was lucky enough to go out for it at least once every two weeks. It was available everywhere- from the five-star hotels downtown to random street vendors. Yet the best dim sum I’ve had to date [...]