Googling Abroad

Posted by Joanna Haug and Morganne Blaylock


For two weeks at the beginning of this summer, Morganne Blaylock ‘15 and Joanna Haug ‘15 travelled through Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, and Zurich by train. Traveling, it seems, leads to a lot of questions, which leads to a lot of Google searches. In each place, our first questions were always about food. Where do we eat? What do we eat? Do we tip? Can we get our water for free? Can we find that one favorite food from home that we’ve been craving? (Probably not). Along our food journey through Europe, we stopped at a few museums, observed locals, and asked even more questions.

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  • What is singular spaghetti?
    • Spaghetti is plural, spaghetto is a singular piece of spaghetti.
  • Traditional Amsterdam food
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Enjoying snert, Amsterdam’s traditional pea soup.
  • How to watch The Bachelorette without cable
    • Outside of the United States, you don’t. It’s illegal, kids, and Joanna’s heart is broken.
  • Things to do in Amsterdam
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One of the many things we found to do in Amsterdam.
  • How to get seated at a restaurant in Europe
    • This depends on the restaurant, as we learned through extensive practice.
  • How to ask for your check in Europe
    • Grab your waiter as soon as you see them.
  • Euro to dollar
    • 1 Euro = 1.12 USD
  • Van Gogh Museum hours
  • Heineken Experience hours
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We made it!
  • Songs about Amsterdam
    • In the process of making a playlist for our travels, we learned that nearly all songs about Amsterdam are just called “Amsterdam,” except Ed Sheeran’s “All of the Stars.” 
  • Songs about Prague
    • Similarly, songs about Prague are usually just called “Prague.”
  • What is American food?
    • See below (also Southern food!).
  • Who invented the hot dog?
    • Germany, bastardized by the United States.
  • Who invented the burger?
    • Texas!
  • Who invented the french fry?
    • Belgium.
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No burgers or hot dogs, but we did eat french fries (alongside local dishes like schnitzel)
  • Why is water free in America?
    • We’re still not sure, but we sure are grateful!
  • Black forest cake near me
    • At some point, we became convinced that searching a food with “near me” would magically lead us to said food. Unfortunately, despite the restaurants that initially popped up, there was no black forest cake near us. We searched and searched, but Google sometimes lies. Black forest cake is an urban legend.
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A sad excuse for Black Forest Cake: regular chocolate cake.
  • How to say help in Czech
    • “Pomoc.”
  • Current time in Texas
    • 7 hours behind!
  • “Summer home in Prague”
    • Morganne’s memories of learning about Prague were linked to this quote, which Joanna had never heard. After googling, we discovered that it was from the hit TV show “iCarly.” Thanks iCarly!
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Planning for our own summer home in Prague
  • Places waving is offensive
    • As far as we can tell, nowhere. At least nowhere in Europe!
  • Difference between Basilica and Cathedral
    • A cathedral is the “seat” of a bishop. A basilica is a Catholic building designated by the Pope because of some significance it holds.
  • Strawberry in German
    • “Erdbeer!”
  • Is Prague known for raspberries?
    • Despite half of the food we found being made with raspberries, it is not.
  • Crab rangoons in German
    • “Rangun.” This did not help us in our search for our favorite snack.
  • Crab rangoons in Vienna
    • There were no crab rangoons in Vienna.
  • Where were crab rangoons invented?
    • Interestingly enough, crab rangoons were invented in San Francisco, so we weren’t able to find them when that craving hit.
  • Why does Europe hate ice?
    • This remains unanswered. Honestly, it may be time for Joanna to question why she loves ice so much.

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