Hi readers! My name is Justin Morgan, I’m a first year BIR student and the Deputy Assistant Editor in Chief here at the Segovia Stork team! I’m from Atlanta, Georgia, where I grew up with a deep appreciation for two key parts of life: tasty food and the beautiful outdoors. As your columnist, you can find my series Segovia Outdoors and Thyme Flies in our editorial section as we dive deep into these passions of mine!

 

In my first column, Segovia Outdoors, we’ll discuss how to take advantage of the incredible hiking, biking, and climbing that Segovia and the surrounding towns offer. The topic of this column will not surprise those who know me; every week I have a new story to tell about a mountain or a river I visited. Exploring around Segovia afforded me the skills to take advantage of these opportunities, and I can’t wait to share them with y’all! (yes, I do say y’all). Once every other week, I’ll highlight a specific destination around Segovia and a certain piece of equipment or skill to fully enjoy your time there. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my experiences on the trails, including a near death experience in Segovia I’ll share in the future. Hopefully I’ve learned from my mistakes so y’all don’t have to!

Sadly, the University doesn’t organize nearly enough trips in the nature surrounding Segovia, so with this column I hope to encourage you to discover those places for yourself. All of my destinations are accessible using public transportation, so there’s no need for a university-chartered bus, a taxi, or a car! 

 

In my second column, Thyme Flies, I’ll take you on a culinary journey around the world, on a budget. Every other week, I’ll talk about a recipe or two from a different culture, nation, or region of the world and prepare it on a college student’s budget! Together we’ll learn how to improvise and cut costs without cutting flavor. I’m learning most of these recipes as I cook them, so it’ll be a learning experience for both of us! I have recipes from the Middle East, Africa, Japan, the US, and Latin America to try out, so we’ll never run out of ideas for dishes! 

 

If you’re like me and live in Factory or Reyes Catolicos, take this as an opportunity to find someone with a kitchen and cook for yourself! After 3 months of Factory food I decided enough was enough, and since returning from winter break, I’ve eaten all of my meals home-cooked with the very recipes I’m looking forward to sharing. Once you start eating freshly cooked meals, you’ll wonder how you ever survived at the Factory!

 

You can expect each column to come once every other Wednesday, so every week one of the two columns will be updated! If anyone has a recommendation for a favorite hometown dish or outdoor area around Segovia, shoot me an email at jmorgan.ieu2019@student.ie.edu and I’ll see if I can incorporate it into my column! I can’t wait to start this journey with y’all in my first edition of Thyme Flies next week!

 

— Justin Morgan