I found pho.


These are becoming really difficult to title. I did find pho, though, even though it might not’ve been the most significant part of the past few days.

I’ve had a bit of a sore throat, so I’ve been trying to take it easy. I did go into Freo again yesterday, and I stumbled upon a really neat little shop with a bunch of my kind of food. And by “my kind of food” I mean gluten free stuff, bulk bins with spices, almond flour, coconut flour, and coconut sugar, loose leaf tea, coconut oil, sardines…all kinds of tasty things. And it had a little more of that health food store vibe I’ve been missing, even though it was tiny and nothing like Whole Foods. 

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Freo was also where I had found the Vietnamese place called iPho last week, and I was all excited to go get some pho yesterday because I knew the broth would be really good for my throat and my immune system. So I had built up a lot of anticipation for this pho by the time I actually made it to the pho place and went to open the door…and it was closed. And they didn’t even have hours posted anywhere. So of course, my first thought was: Noooooo!!!!! They’re never coming backkkk!!!

So I dejectedly followed my friends to a fish and chips place, pho-less, where we were attacked by seagulls and I ate a slice of lemon whole, which is apparently an abnormal thing to do. If my eating lemons makes people uncomfortable, I’d love to see their reaction to all the other bizarre things I eat.

Much to my extreme and disproportionate excitement, everyone decided to go get ice cream after dinner, and I decided that ice cream would be an excellent substitute for dinner. I hadn’t had ice cream in weeks, so this was a big deal. But as we walked to the ice cream place, I passed by the pho place again…and it was OPEN! Woohoo!! So I ended up getting pho instead of ice cream, which I think was a much better decision for my immune system. I was sad they didn’t have tendon in their pho (shout out to Lime and Basil in Chapel Hill for their tendony pho!), and I ended up getting beef and tripe. This was my first time trying tripe, and I don’t actually like it very much, but at least I can say I’ve eaten it. I can say that about a lot of things now.

I also got to fawn over this dog for a bit, because its owner had left it sitting outside alone while (I’m guessing) they went shopping. Sometimes you just need to pet an animal, y’know? (That seems to be all the time for me.)



Today was pretty fun, too. I was still feeling under the weather when I woke up, but I think all the stuff going on today helped. We had another orientation session (so many!!), and we were divided into teams for a bunch of games. There was giant inflatable Twister (which I know I’ll be sore from tomorrow), giant Connect Four, giant Jenga, sumo wrestling, and some weird hybrid of pool and putt-putt golf. Our team definitely didn’t win, but it was fun.

And they gave us pizza for lunch again, so I got my own personal gluten-free pizza again. SCORE. So many pizza leftovers.

Later, a bunch of us played beach volleyball (not actually at the beach, unfortunately), which was a lot of fun. Lydia (my twin) and I tossed a football around, and discovered more things we have in common (such as being obsessed with How to Train Your Dragon and going through a phase where chili was our favorite food). So all in all, definitely a good day today, and hopefully my throat will be all better by tomorrow. And although I’ve still had twinges of homesickness, I’m definitely feeling more at home here. Now the rest of my flatmates need to hurry up and move in already!!

P.S. Sorry for being slack about taking pictures recently. I’ll do better, I promise!

2 Thoughts on “I found pho.

  1. Anne luck on July 17, 2014 at 7:13 am said:

    I’m praying that you are feeling much better by now Alyssa. I’m thankful for all of the positive things you mention, such as Lydia, your mini Whole Foods, the friendly dog, and having fun in general with your new friends. We miss you, but want this to be everything you imagined it could be. We’re so happy pho you!!!

  2. karen on July 17, 2014 at 6:22 pm said:

    Happy for you to….love your post and pic’s


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