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Florence and Siena

Judging by the pictures, this spring quarter has been amazing for the group of students in Florence, Italy (among them one student from Shoreline)!

Siena Church

Last week, the students took a day trip to Siena, a town famed for its historic center (which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, which you must know by now means that we here at IE love it). Pictured above is the Siena Cathedral, which was built about 700 years ago.

Siena Lunch 2They also enjoyed a reportedly delicious meal of pasta with a creamy boar sauce and roasted guinea fowl with potatoes.

But they didn’t just eat amazing food in Italy—they learned how to make it, too. As part of one of their classes. They got credit for making pizza!

Pizza Class

Isn’t that great?

Northwest Folklife Festival

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Since 1972, the Northwest Folklife Festival has been celebrating beats, rhythms, melodies, movement, art, and food from around the world and bringing them all to Seattle Center. For all four days of Memorial Day weekend (that’s this weekend, May 22 – 25, and that includes Friday!), you can see music and dance from right here in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and South America. It’s like a mini study abroad program that happens right here in Seattle. We can’t always be trotting the globe, so sometimes we need to bring it all to us.

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AW80D: Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade panorama

Belgrade‘s strategic location, where the Sava and Danube rivers meet, has made it an attractive prize to empires great and small for over 2,000 years. According to our friends over at The Independent, the city “was witness to 115 international conflicts and … razed to the ground 44 times.”

Given this history, it’s hard to decide whether it makes perfect sense or no sense at all that it is a prime party destination where live music can be found in smoky, crowded bars any night of the week. The oldest tavern in Belgrade is called ?. It got this unusual name when the cathedral that was next to it objected to the previous name, which was basically “Bar next to the cathedral.”

Oldest Cafe in Belgrade    Food 2

Despite having been at the center of so much conflict, there are some great historical buildings to be found in Belgrade (and now we all know that Dolphie is nuts for history!), including an old fortress right at the confluence of the two rivers, and a house built for a princess in the early 1800s that remains the best-preserved example of architecture from that period.

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Another interesting bit of history that you can find in Belgrade is the Nikola Tesla museum. Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor who moved to New York City to work for Thomas Edison. According to some, he is “the greatest geek who ever lived.” Of his many achievements, our favorite is probably creating one of the world’s first wirelessly controlled boats.

(Two things: 1 – AW80D stands for Around the World in 80 Dolphies, wherein we follow the international adventures of Dolphie, mascot of Shoreline Community College; 2 – Credit where credit’s due, so thanks Wikipedia, Lonely Planet, and The Independent, and if you’d like to see where I got my information, just click the links.)

AW80D: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Panorama

Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is a cultural melange, a place where you can find a church, a synagogue, and a mosque all in one neighborhood. It is also the site of an assassination that changed the course of history.

Almost 101 years ago, on June 28, 1914 (which was both the Archduke’s wedding anniversary and the date of an important historical battle that marked the beginning of the fall of Serbia to the Turks—a sensitive date for Serbian nationalists), the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were touring Sarajevo, part of a territory that had been annexed by the Austro-Hungarian Empire, to which Ferdinand was the heir.

That day, there were two attempts on his life. In the first, a bomb was tossed into his car. It rolled off without harming the occupants. The second attempt was successful: Gavrilo Princip shot the Archduke and his wife at point blank range. Both were fatally injured and died within the hour.

This assassination sparked a series of events that led to the beginning of World War I. The shot was fired here:

Assassination Spot

(For all those who didn’t know, Dolphie is a serious history buff.)

More recently, Sarajevo was under siege for almost four years during the Bosnian War for Independence (1992-1995). During this time, there was frequent shelling, which resulted in mass death and destruction. Holes in streets caused by mortar shells were filled with red resin to mark the places that people were killed, and these became the Sarajevo Roses:

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Walking the paths of history is hungry work. Luckily, Sarajevo has a savory pastry snack that can satisfy even the hungriest dolphin: Burek.

Burek       People Eating

Burek is a savory phyllo dough pastry stuffed with meat and potatoes. Similar foods can be found anywhere that the Ottoman Empire had influence.

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(Two things: 1 – AW80D stands for Around the World in 80 Dolphies, wherein we follow the international adventures of Dolphie, mascot of Shoreline Community College; 2 – Credit where credit’s due, so thanks Wikipedia and History.com, and if you’d like to see where I got my information, just click the links.)

AW80D: Layover in Frankfurt

Deutsch Bull

After just a short rest, Dolphie is back on the road! These photos come from the airport in Frankfurt, where Dolphie had a layover en route to Slovenia (which you’ll hear more about later this week). For now, there’s one very important thing Dolphie wanted us to talk about with you all.

More Pretzels Pretzels

Pretzels. (Dolphie can’t get enough of them! Who knew?)

First, a small bit of history courtesy of Gretchen Gavett writing in the Harvard Business Review:

The history of the pretzel, of course, stretches through Germany and France. “It’s been around since 6 AD,” says Richard George, a professor of business administration and food marketing at Saint Joseph’s University. “If you were in Bavaria, you would get it everywhere.”

More than 2,000 years of glorious, crispy/chewy/salty goodness. Next time you’re enjoying a pretzel, meditate on the fact that you are taking a tasty journey back through the ages. And then dip that journey into a bit of good mustard.

(Two things: 1 – AW80D stands for Around the World in 80 Dolphies, wherein we follow the international adventures of Dolphie, mascot of Shoreline Community College; 2 – Credit where credit’s due, so thanks Harvard Business Review, and if you’d like to see where I got my information, just click the link. Also, we feel much better about using Wikipedia as a reference now that we know that the Harvard Business Review does too.)

AW80D: Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty - Statue

You may not known this, but Almaty is poised to become one of the world’s great destinations for skiing. With some big, beautiful mountains a pretty good shot at the 2022 Winter Olympics, you’ll definitely be hearing more about this Central Asian hub soon.

Dolphie didn’t get a chance to do any skiing (which is just as well, since he doesn’t have any legs), but he did get a chance to see some of the sights.

Almaty - Wooden ChurchAlmaty - Church Park

This is the Zenkov Cathedral, a Russian Orthodox church that is built, down to the nails, entirely out of wood (I guess except for the windows—wooden windows wouldn’t work very well). In fact, it is the world’s second tallest wooden building. It is located in Panfilov Park, which is a popular spot for strolling among locals and visitors alike.

Almaty - Monument

Also in the park, Dolphie saw a war memorial that shows soldiers (fifteen of them, one for each of the Soviet republics) emerging from a map of the Soviet Union.

All of this sightseeing makes one hungry, so it was time to start hunting around for dinner options.

Almaty - McDoner

That looks familiar, right? The pictures to the right and left of the famous logo are of big spits of meat (usually beef and/or lamb). Doner kebab (yup, that’s where the name McDoner comes from) is make by slicing thin strips of meat off the spit, which are then served on a sandwich or in flatbread (like pita), usually with vegetables like lettuce, onion, and tomato. It is delicious. In Australia, it’s standard late night post-bar fare.

But Dolphie can’t support copyright violations, so he had to find something else to eat.

Almaty - Tea and BreadAlmaty - Dinner

Traditional Kazakh cuisine features a lot of meat, including horse meat. Although most Americans today would consider eating horse to be only slightly less amoral than eating dog (which is also eaten in many parts of the world), for many people, it’s just another kind of meat. Like kangaroo, ostrich, or snake (which, by the way, is delicious, especially when roasted).

Almaty - Dried Fruit

Because many people in Central Asia traditionally led a nomadic lifestyle, preserving foods has always been important. One method, of course, is drying. Dried apricots are particularly tasty.

(Two things: 1 – AW80D stands for Around the World in 80 Dolphies, wherein we follow the international adventures of Dolphie, mascot of Shoreline Community College; 2 – Credit where credit’s due, so thanks Wikipedia, The Boston Globe, and Lonely Planet, and if you’d like to see where I got my information, just click the links.)