Spring Break

Spring Break seems like a distant memory now but it provided a much needed break full of friends and good food!

The week started off with a venture into the city with my friends Hayley and Esty to do a restaurant review for our Writing Taste class. We decided to go to go to an upscale comfort restaurant on South Street. Some dishes were fantastic such as the tamale fries: mesa sticks that you could drip into sour cream and salsa. Overall, the meal was heavy to the point of making us all feel a little sick. Although the meal was a disappointment, it felt exciting to go “undercover” to a restaurant and be a real investigative reporter.

Tamale fries, deviled eggs, and scratch biscuit

Tamale fries, deviled eggs, and scratch biscuit

For the rest of the week, I tried many different cuisines with several different friends due to the dining halls being closed. In the course of a week, I had Dutch, Ethiopian, Indian, Malaysian, Chinese, Filipino, Korean, and Mexican cuisines which were all delicious.

Halo-halo: a Filipino dessert filled with mango ice cream, custard, jellies, red bean, and ice.

Halo-halo: a Filipino dessert filled with mango ice cream, custard, jellies, red bean, and ice.

I had the chance to meet up with my friend Grace in New York City and spent two days in DC with my friend Bekah. In addition to eating lots of good food, I had to chance to see lots of new places. In New York City, I got to walk along the High Line Park: an urban park created from an old elevated railway providing great views of the city. I also got to visit Chelsea Market: a fancier New York version of Philly’s Reading Terminal Market with lots of food stands to choose from. In DC, it was a beautiful day so we visited the Smithsonian Zoo for free and saw Bao Bao the baby panda. Afterwards we waited half an hour to try the famous Georgetown cupcakes. We were exhausted after running around and taking buses and the metro everywhere but my chocolate lava cake cupcake made the experience worthwhile.

High Line Park: the architecture built around the park reminded me of Denmark

High Line Park: the architecture built around the park reminded me of Denmark

I also got to see some of my friends who graduated last year! We caught up over meals and they gave me some valuable insights onto my senior year. It’s reassuring to remember that there is life outside of college. As sad as I am to leave Bryn Mawr, it’s good to remind myself that there are lots of things to look forward to as well.

Catching up with my friend Duong over brunch

Catching up with my friend Duong over brunch

I ended the week by having St. Patrick’s Day Dinner dinner with my friend Elizabeth and her family. We had traditional Irish dishes like corned beef and cabbage and sang Irish songs together. I don’t get to see my family very often since I go to school on the other side of the family so it always means a lot to me to get to spend time with my friends’ families.

Now that spring has ended, there are less than two months until I graduate. It’s hard to believe so now I’m going to try my best to make the most of what little time I have at this place I’ve come to call home with the people who’ve become my closest friends.

 

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About Amanda Beardall

I am a senior psychology major (minoring in child and family studies and environmental studies) from Portland, Oregon. I am involved with the Civic Engagement Office, Art Club, admissions, dorm leadership, and teaching art classes at a local elementary school. I studied abroad in Denmark, did an internship in Indonesia, and took a 360 course cluster that traveled to Ghana.

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