27 Aug The 7 foods you miss when living in Europe
Spending a year abroad teaching English is always great and will enrich anyone’s life with new experiences. Deciding to embark on an expat adventure is a major life decision and of course, you will discover new dishes and wonderful things that are probably not so common in your country but you may be swimming in the ocean half-way across the globe, wandering through ancient temples or having paella on Spanish terrace and suddenly think “WHERE IS THE PEANUT BUTTER?” As a foreigner, there are some foods you miss in Europe after some time living there. You don’t need to deprive yourself of your home comforts during your time living abroad and here are the most common things that our students miss that you might want to stack up on!
Not because you can’t find it in Europe and not because it’ll remind you of home – but because people (mainly Brits and Americans) LOVE to argue over who has the best chocolate. Sure, all that Milka in Europe is a good middle ground, but it’s always useful to have evidence in the great Hershey’s Vs Cadbury debate.
2. Mac and cheese
Even doing your TEFL Course in Florence and having unrestricted access to some of the most delicious pasta in the world, there will come a time when you just want a good old Mac and cheese. The problem is, there aren’t any mac and cheese boxes in any of the grocery stores around Europe and there usually isn’t mac and cheese on any restaurant’s menus… However, if you’re craving some, for sure you will find longer pasta with cheese on top.
3. Lucky Charms
You can’t find this in many places overseas, and even though we know that there’s no nutritional value in this kind of cereal, it’s always nice to get a taste of home every now and again. Although Cereal bars become increasingly popular in Europe and you’ll be able to get your hands on some Lucky Charms, doing your TEFL course in Madrid in some of the more international stores.
4. Reese’s Cups
This candy is unavailable in most parts of Europe, or, if you’re lucky enough to find some, it’s definitely more expensive. So if you have a friend abroad, show them how much you appreciate them by sending them some Reese’s cups. You can be in France enjoying macaroons, or in Italy eating the best ice cream, however some days you will just want a Reese’s peanut butter cup.
5. Peanut Butter M&Ms
Yet again, we can say that Europe fails to understand the fascination of peanut butter combined with chocolate. The good news is that you will find regular M&Ms, but it’s so difficult (not to say impossible) to find the improved version with peanut butter. By the way, these are one of the most common things that our students miss…
Another breakfast favorite that you will take a break from while living abroad. For sure you will miss seeing them on the supermarket shelves but hey, you can always try to create homemade Pop-Tarts with an ice cream sandwich!
No? okay, we were reaching a bit there!
7. Fire Cheetos
Are you addicted to hot Cheetos? You will discover once you’re in Europe, that you won’t be able to find them anywhere… If you’re on the hunt for this delicious cheesy snack while abroad, we’re sorry but you’ll have to go through local alternatives to satisfy your cravings.
Nothing brings you stronger feelings of homesickness than being abroad without your favorite foods. Sure, eating delicious local dishes in modern or traditional restaurants might be nice, but at the end of the day, there is nothing like the familiarity of the foods you grew up with. Share with us in Facebook and Instagram the foods you miss the most if you are already in another country!