Bangers & Mash

Tonight I enjoyed dinner at my London guide, Matt’s apartment in North London. We had Bangers and Mash, or what I’m learning is quintessential English cuisine. That translates to large dinner sausages and mashed potatoes. I love going to my friends’ houses across Europe because that’s when you really get a unique view into their daily life and environment. I also learned that the sausages picked up the name “Banger” back in WWII when the rationing of meat was so severe that the meat content counted for less than 25% of the sausage itself at times—the rest was filled with water. So, when heated, the sausage would explode, or Bang.


Crystal Cascante, University of Florida

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I've been in Europe since the beginning of January and have traveled every weekend. This Easter Weekend was by far the best one. The hostel was perfect and super convenient, I made a ton of new friends, and our guides (Andy, Rhianne, and Elena) made sure we saw absolutely everything in the city. The meals included were all absolutely delicious, and Andy even brought snacks every once in a while to hold us over in between meals. We were given our Easter Mass tickets the night before and strategically planned to be in the front for mass. We followed Andy's suggestions and got to sit in the very front for Mass. The wait was worth it and so was every cent of the trip's cost. I barely spent any of my own money, just on transportation to and from the airport, gelato, and food on my last day there. I would 100% recommend this company to all of my friends!

Crystal Cascante, University of Florida ~ AIFS London, Spring 2016

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