We had International Night tonight. It was an amazing opportunity. All of the international students set up tables in the Atrium. The event happened over only two hours, from 1830 to 2030. But during that time I was able to visit 28 different countries, sample their food, and in most cases, have shots of their liquor.
The Muslim countries did not have alcoholic beverages but pretty much every other country did. Most of them also had food, so much food that it was a mistake to have eaten dinner before hand. Sabien from Belgium and Markus from Switzerland were having a battle over which country had the best chocolate. You could get chocolate from either of them, but each would ask you go tell the other that theirs was better. It was all in good fun. I do not know that I could choose which chocolate was better, but Sabien had some ginger snap cookies that were utterly delicious; I probably ate ten. I also learned that if someone from Jordan tells you the food you are about to eat is not spicy, you need to remember that everything is relative. Luckily there was water available. Some of the liquors were kind of rough, but the Canadian guys had a concoction called Moose Milk that consisted of liquor, ice cream, and milk; it was pretty good. I also found the Blue Curacao to be tasty. Canada and Australia practically had an open bar going between the two of them, cases of beer and multiple bottles of whisky and rum. Ventsislav from Bulgaria had meats dried into something like jerky that you combined with cheese, these were excellent; and Angela from the Cayman Islands brought rum cake, which was also delicious.
It was a neat evening and I am glad I did not miss it. I got back to my room in time to check in with Tracy, Kathryn, and James on video conference. I never did get that swim in today. Depending on what Irene does, I may have lots of time to swim this weekend. Other shots from this evening are here: https://picasaweb.google.com/nonentity1945/InternationalNight