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LWC International Marketplace, Fri 26 Apr 2019

By Sabine Eastham
Director, International Student Programs, Lindsey Wilson College

Lindsey Wilson College will hold its annual International Marketplace on Friday, April 26, 2019. The food court opens at NoonCT, and presentations start at 1pmCT in the Doris and Bob Holloway Health & Wellness Center, 388 Williams Street, Columbia, KY.

Ain't No Mountain High Enough- I am sure you have listened to that song before. As you can imagine, there is a lot of "behind the scenes" work going on to be able to pull off a festival of this magnitude; the planning, ordering, the scaling up for serving sizes (last year we had 400+ in attendance) and trying to work this in on a budget. This year the International Student Programs (ISP) decided to offer a unique advertising opportunity to help fund this event and will have all sponsor logos displayed at our "Wall of Sponsors."

But it goes beyond that, from a Professor who graciously agreed to shop in a Specialty store in Louisville to save on postage cost and ended up paying for the entire order, to an even more elaborate attempt at saving postage.


One of our students, Sina Cavelti from Wolterau in Switzerland, was set on making original SWISS CHEESECAKE, so we started combing through sites to see if we could order it.

After I got over the sticker price, I almost fell over backwards when I noticed the estimated cost for postage. As I tried to gently push her towards American chain stores, pointing out they as well sell Swiss cheese, I got this "No way, Jose," look from her. Believe you me, coming from Germany I understand this well! I am still having to get used to having "German Chocolate cake" made with a coconut glaze. But that is a different story.

As we were going back and forth an idea suddenly came to mind. I remembered that one of our host parents currently enjoyed this wonderful trip through Europe: Netherlands, Germany, France and yes! Switzerland! Ha! Could I? Should I? Would she??

I decided to contact her, with many apologies for bothering her during her vacation. But knowing what caliber our host parents are made from, I believed it would work out! And YES, she said she would most definitely look for that specialty cheese, and as long as she can find a place that will seal it so that she could take it onto the plane, she would bring it back... And she did!! She didn't even want to be reimbursed.

A few days later, she texted from high above the clouds "got the cheese, on our way back to Washington DC!!" Amazing, simply amazing!

There are many other stories that can be told, from what we are using to create a "Maypole" for our Swedish students so they can demonstrate a typical May dance from home to students that found out they had a championship or big test on that day but were looking so forward to this opportunity to present their country that they said: "Sabine, I will get up extra early and cook or bake, and I have another student to be there in my place."

But hold on. I will not tell you all the stories just yet. Instead, I am inviting you to stop by the International Marketplace on April 26, 2019. Take this opportunity to sample cuisine from 21 (!!) different countries (how far would you have to drive to be able to get that??), mingle with our students, enjoy the livelihood of the festival and observe their presentations.

An enriching, all senses stimulating experience. Enjoy traveling the world; it's a small world after all.

If you are interested in learning more about this event, or becoming a host parent or family, contact Sabine Eastham at easthams@lindsey.edu or call 270-384-8236.


This story was posted on 2019-04-24 09:18:13
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