Celebrating Culture at Work

Celebrating Culture at Work

My internship site, the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST), is a very global organization. We have sustainable tourism projects and studies going on all over the world. For this reason, international students are very interested in interning with CREST, so our office is very diverse. To celebrate the wide range of cultures, my supervisor put together a series of lunch presentations in which each intern discusses where they come from and brings food from their culture. This has been a wonderful way to learn about each other’s backgrounds and to eat delicious food!


My Culture

Today was my day to present! I am from Minnesota, so during my presentation I discussed the state, my hometown and the town where I go to college. Minnesota has a lot of unique landmarks, such as Paul Bunyan and the Peanuts character statues, that I tried to highlight. I also showed them this awesome time-lapse video of Minnesota in the summer. I told them, “It’s beautiful, but don’t be fooled. You can’t see the mosquitoes!”


Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox

Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox in Bemidji, MN


The Food

The first settlers to arrive in Minnesota were German and Scandinavian, and the state still identifies strongly with that heritage. I am also very German, so I brought in German food for everyone to eat! We had several kinds of meat with authentic German rye bread, sauerkraut, German potato salad, smoked herring, sourdough crackers, and sweet wafers for desert. Everyone really enjoyed the food! I had my doubts about the smoked herring, but I think that turned out to be the most popular dish!


German lunch

I explained the different types of meat...to the best of my memory!


I actually learned a lot of cool things about Minnesota and my hometown while doing this project! Looking at all the pictures and doing the research made me miss it even more and I’m getting excited to head back in a month! I can’t believe how fast the semester has gone by. It’s been a very inspiring and eye-opening whirlwind!

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