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8 Ways to Eat Potatoes in 8 European Countries

By: Austin Davis

It was my first trip to Conad living in Italy. (Newbie mistake number one – I didn’t even bring my own bag). I wandered into the vegetable section and scanned the colorful bins in search of the one food I ate on a daily basis back in the States: sweet potatoes. Not a single orange potato was found amongst the rows of various varieties of white ones. In a panic, I ran to Carrefour… Still nothing. I found a few at a small vegetable stand a few weeks later, but in the meantime, I made peace with the fact that I would have to settle for the sweet potato’s bland relative, the potato. Since my grocery store panic, I’m beginning to understand why the potato is such a staple in Europe. In my travels, I’ve encountered tons of unique uses for the fiber-packed wonder food. If you’re a picky eater, chances are you can find a potato dish in any city you visit that you will enjoy. Here are 7 ways to eat potatoes in 7 of Europe’s most popular cities!

  1. Brussels: French Fries

Contrary to popular belief, French fries are neither French nor American. The original and tastiest fries can be found in the beautiful country of Belgium! Served in a paper cone and slathered with the sauce of your choice, fries make a great snack at any point of the day or night. Try them with mayo instead of ketchup for a more authentic experience!

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  1. Amsterdam: Stamppot

Stamppot is a traditional Dutch meal consisting of mashed potatoes, kale, and sausage. You can find it at traditional dutch restaurants like Moeder’s, or pre-made at the Albert Heijn to grab and go.

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  1. Florence: Potato Gnocchi

So maybe Italy isn’t known for potatoes, but make no mistake, you can find them here too! The best way to enjoy potatoes in Italy is baked inside another Italian delicacy: pasta. Potato gnocchi is heavenly, particularly when drowned in cheese. You can find some delicious cheesy potato gnocchi at Osteria Gatto e la Volpe in Via Ghibellina

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  1. Barcelona: Patatas Bravas

You can’t go to Barcelona without eating tapas, and no tapas meal is complete without a plate of patatas bravas. These roasted potatoes are covered with mayonnaise or aioli and a smoky hot tomato sauce. Try them at any tapas bar in Barcelona, you can’t go wrong.

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  1. Interlaken: Potato Rösti

Every time I order rösti, I tell myself there is no way I can possibly finish it. Twenty minutes later, there I am again, staring at an empty plate within my ski pants had an elastic waistband. I never fail to instantly forget that regret and do it again the next day because it’s that good (it’s worth the calories every time). During a long day on the mountain, a mound of hash browns with cheese and meat just feels – and tastes – so right.

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  1. Krakow: Perogies

Perogies are like dumplings, except they’re commonly filled with potato and pan fried. Sign me up.

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  1. Crisps

Not only do the British drive on the opposite side of the road – they also like to confuse us with the naming of their potato dishes. In Britain, potato “chips” are called crisps. In Britain, to order french fries, you’ll really be asking for chips (a little weird to get used to, right?). Remember that the next time you order a plate of fish and chips.

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  1. Paris: Whipped and Mashed

No one knows how to cook with cream and butter quite like the French. Which helps to explain why the mashed potatoes that come out of Parisian kitchens are some of the lightest, silkiest, and richest you’ll find.

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The next time you are wandering around a new city, unsure of what to eat and struggling with all the choices, remember that your friend “the potato” will have your back no matter what part of Europe you’re exploring.


Ultimate Interlaken Playlist

By Caroline Schagrin

Nestled in the nook of Switzerland, Interlaken is home to beautiful snowcapped mountains juxtaposed with azure colored lakes and majestic forests. Interlaken, in all of its beauty, attracts adrenaline junkies and fondue enthusiasts alike. Whether you find yourself jumping out of a plane, shredding the Swiss Alps, or simply enjoying Swiss chocolates and relaxing, this playlist is a must! 

Take it all in, and add these 17 indie-electronic and alternative pop songs to your travel playlist.

  1. Around The World – Kings of Leon  https://open.spotify.com/track/06ClI3XK2FPR5uP8tPcFS1
  2. Are you with me – Lost Frequencies https://open.spotify.com/track/5kHiHWLcbsvTDtmHxBiaID
  3. Beautiful Life – Lost Frequencies ft. Sandro Cavazza  https://soundcloud.com/lo-freq-1/beautiful-life-feat-sandro-cavazza
  4. Plans – Elephante         https://soundcloud.com/iamtheelephante/elephante-plans-feat-brandyn-burnette
  5. Trndsttr (Lucian Remix) ft. M. Maggie   https://soundcloud.com/lori-rose-553841791/sets/trndstter
  6. Wasted Youth – Sody           https://soundcloud.com/sodymusic/sody-martin-luke-brown-wasted-youth
  7. Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl – Wet https://open.spotify.com/track/3JBB92odunFru2gOvI91x9
  8. Hymnals (RAC Remix) – Grizfolk        https://open.spotify.com/track/2r12KCHNv0p7JQJsGt3vYK
  9. How Hard I try – Filous  https://open.spotify.com/track/7uzudGwu8EG5deuFD7EEJm
  10. Where I Wanna Be – A R I Z O N A  https://open.spotify.com/track/47cIBPzhCAd1QxsBIFlzcJ
  11. Next Year (RAC Remix) – two door cinema club        https://open.spotify.com/track/5SL5AexE9va7cP6s0B9E4m
  12. Aloha – Mome  https://open.spotify.com/track/2UMZjhZWNxZezcZiZvyvsZ
  13. Can I – tez cadey remix https://open.spotify.com/track/7eOyT8wG96QHeyAzH4k9FB
  14. Give me sunshine – spada edit cut Santa Mardona https://open.spotify.com/track/42LOVjsuFyDYdfDXggTxy7
  15. Fast Car – Jonas Blue remix https://open.spotify.com/track/2mCF8L0brIs88eH6Kf2h9p
  16. King of Summer – Ayokay ft. Quinn XCII  https://open.spotify.com/track/4Tid4MwqgR1CfKCun3tFon
  17. Higher Love – Charming Horses, Grace Grundy  https://open.spotify.com/track/3Md4WAeVbgzTpqBPJqmAFM

A first-timer’s view of the Swiss Alps

By Grace Woodrow

I went to Interlaken and it blew my mind. We traveled through the night and when I opened my eyes in the morning I thought I might still be dreaming. The views of the Swiss Alps are incomparable to anything I’ve ever seen in real life before. Even the walk to the grocery store managed to be breathtakingly beautiful. (Please note: Lake Brienz is not technically on the way to Coop, but hot damn is it incredible or what?!)


To be completely honest, I didn’t expect to fall in love with Interlaken as hard as I did. For starters, I don’t like the cold and I’m a subpar East Coast skier. However, I quickly found out those minor details didn’t stand a chance up against all the Swiss Alps had to offer. By day three of my trip I had already reached “the top of Europe,” Jungfraujoch. Chilling (3,466 m/11,371 ft) above sea level wasn’t too shabby for a Wednesday.  Sure it was a little cold, but the unbelievable views made it so worth it.  


There’s a lot more to love than just the scenery. There’s night sledding and ice skating, snowshoeing and even chocolate making workshops. During my trip I met some of the coolest people there. The locals are the most fun and adventurous humans I’ve ever come across. Though I guess that shouldn’t be too surprising, as Interlaken is nicknamed “the adrenaline capital of Europe.” We had a fun night out with some of the staff from Outdoor Interlaken at a local bar in the center of town called Husi. I can’t wait to go back to see them again and this time take them up on their offer to go paragliding or skydiving. I have my own separate to-do list specifically for Interlaken.


Whether or not you think the cold “isn’t your thing,” Interlaken will be your thing, and it will blow your mind. If you’re skiing and snowboarding you’ll find the Swiss Alps is no joke. If you’re just hanging out enjoying the scenery you’ll have your breath taken away.  If you’re free falling from the sky at 120mph you will experience an adrenaline rush like never before.  I could sit here and tell you all about it, but the Swiss Alps is just one of those things you’ll have to see for yourself.  And when you do…


Staying slopeside in the Swiss Alps

For the true skier or snowboarder, there aren’t many places that feel more like heaven than the Swiss Alps. And if you’re studying in Europe, getting there is finally within easy reach.

With just a weekend to enjoy the snow, you want to make the most of your time. The best way to maximize your alpine weekend? Spend it right where the action is: slopeside.

Bus2alps has just announced a brand-new package to help you have the best trip possible. With the Interlaken – Slopeside Package, you can choose to fly to Geneva or hop on the bus from Florence, Italy for door-to-door transport. Once you arrive, you’ll be staying in a town called Grindelwald, just above Interlaken.

Gindelwald is a picture-perfect Swiss town filled with chalets, all the fondue and chocolate you could want, and, most importantly, it provides the easiest access to the slopes. From your accommodation at The Youth Hostel Grindelwald, you’ll be within easy walking distance to lifts to the best runs in the Jungfrau Region. You’ll be able to spend all day Friday and Saturday exploring one of the world’s best ski regions, and if you want to venture into Interlaken to stroll the town, it’s just a train ride away.

Ready for the weekend of your life? Check out more details on how to Meet Us There or come from Florence.

Why Interlaken should be your first trip abroad

By Allie Filmanowicz

The picture perfect views

Interlaken is known for its breathtaking views! Whether you are looking for the perfect cover photo or just a picture to send home to Mom, there is no better place than Interlaken!


You can make your own chocolate

Why buy the good stuff when you can make it yourself? While in Interlaken, head over to the Funky Chocolate Club to test your hand at making your own signature chocolate!

Some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world

If winter sports are something you enjoy be sure to head on up to Kleine Scheidegg Jungfraujoch for an awesome day of mountains and fresh snow! Don’t forget your camera because this mountain is one for the books.

You can purchase a real Swiss army knife

An authentic Swiss army knife is the perfect thing to gift yourself or someone back in the states! Just be sure to put it in your checked bag when you travel to avoid any issues at security.

Endless opportunities for adventure (even if you don’t ski or snowboard)

Still looking for an adrenaline rush that doesn’t involve skiing or snowboarding? Interlaken is full of them! Check out skydiving or paragliding over the Alps—this once in a lifetime experience is something you absolutely need to take advantage of while you are abroad.


Night sledding in the Alps

After a day filled with beautiful views and exciting adventures, start your night out the right way by slipping and sliding down one of the world’s most beautiful mountain ranges.

To take your most epic picture yet in 2016 at the Top of Europe

Just a beautiful train ride up from Kleine Scheidegg Jungfraujoch is where you will find the “Top of Europe.” The beautiful setting of the giant Switzerland flag and rolling mountains is even more perfect in real life than it is in the pictures (which is hard to believe!).


For the Rostis

If you have have never tried a rosti, you are truly missing out. A rosti is a delicious traditional Swiss meal that is hashbrown and cheese based; different vegetables and meat are added depending on personal preference!!

Balmers Club

If you are looking for a wild night out on the town be sure to check out Balmers club, located in the basement of the Balmers hostel! Balmers club is the perfect place to meet other students traveling in Interlaken and dance the night away.

image01Ice skating downtown

Downtown Interlaken is great for grabbing a bite to eat and exploring the quaint cobblestone streets, but best of all is the ice skating rink where individuals of all skill levels gracefully (or not so gracefully) glide around the ice.