Wrap Me in Phyllo Dough began while I was teaching English in Thessaloniki, Greece on a Fulbright grant from September 2010 – June 2011. I taught high-school English, traveled all around and ate my way across the country, and did research on Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis as an expansion of my undergraduate thesis on Zorba the Greek.
Yup. Top that, future jobs.
When I came home, I was having way too much fun with the blog to stop, so I decided to keep it up! Now, I’m a grad student studying English at Boise State University.
So, what can you find here at Wrap Me in Phyllo Dough? The archives from September 2010 – June 2011 tell the story of my year in Greece, from eating goat heads to riding public buses. Since then, you can expect all of the following, with as much of a Greek twist as possible when you live in Idaho:
- Food! I road-test recipes and link to the successes, and am just beginning to come up with my own. I work to include as much Greek food as I can (and boy, it is hard work… 🙂 ).
- Travel tips and stories
- Musings on grad school, teaching English 101, and living on the TA
- My take on books, music, and naked theater
- Thoughts on running from a self-made, runtastrophe-prone amateur athlete
- Photography, photography, and more photography
- Lots more! Hurray! More!
Who are you, anyway?!
I’m Kate! I was born in Washington, DC, I grew up in Bozeman, Montana, I went to Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, and have also lived in Marseille, France (4 months) and Thessaloniki, Greece (10 months). I’m a feisty ginger with a bottomless pit for a stomach, an incurable case of the travel bug, and penchants for ethnic food, great literature, and fat animals, especially fat animals that waddle and/or roll around on the floor.
Are you planning to go back to Greece?
Every darn penny not being spent on rent, school books, or coffee is going straight into my piggy bank! It’s my second home, παιδιά. My daydreams runneth over with feta.
Can I link to your blog and use your photos?
As long as you attribute each use to Wrap Me in Phyllo Dough and provide a direct link, abso-freakin’-lutely!
Where else have you traveled to?
I actually applied for a Fulbright grant to Turkey, as Greece wasn’t accepting any ETA applications at the time. While on the wait list for Turkey, I got a call saying that Greece had decided to take on some ETAs and asking if I’d like to apply for Greece instead. I put together a whole new application essay in 24 hours, submitted it, and the rest is history! Serendipity is more like it, actually. My undergraduate thesis was on Zorba the Greek, and Greece had long been in the top three on my travel list. Suddenly, I had the chance to go! And then we lived happily ever after.
What kind of camera do you use?
baby camera is a Nikon Coolpix P80. It is my constant companion and I highly recommend it for all levels of photographers.
Can I e-mail you for tips on traveling to Greece, advice on my Fulbright application, or just to tell you about what I had for breakfast this morning?
Definitely! Feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. I love giving recommendations for Greek adventures just as much as I love talking about breakfast, and while this isn’t an official Fulbright or US Department of State page, I highly recommend the Fulbright program to all students, teachers, and international adventurers. I’m happy to give advice and answer questions on the application process or whatever else you might be curious about.
Last, many thanks to the Fulbright Program, the Fulbright Foundation in Greece, the American Farm School of Thessaloniki, and the Hellenic College of Thessaloniki for all they did to make my Greek experience not only possible, but wonderful, too.
Happy reading, and καλή όρεξη!