After hemming and hawing for weeks about going overseas for my externship, I have completed the paperwork to go to overseas for six weeks. When I first started school overseas externships were explained. Had to have a passport, (got one, check) had to have a 3.5 GPA, (got a 3.92, check) and had to arrange transportation. My first thought was France. What other place would you go if you're enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu. Then a classmate said he wanted to go to Italy. That sounded more fun. So I was talking to one of the chefs about that when another chef said that they were opening up externships for New Zealand. Whoa!! Travel to a place where English is the first language, maybe stay as long as 4 months, maybe move there, maybe, maybe, maybe. Then I wrote my cover letter and explained my situation, accomplishments, age, dreams, etc, etc. That age thing killed it. Seems you can't be older than 55 to gain a student or work visa in New Zealand. Hey, I wish we kept our immigration rules for coming into the USA as tough as NZ does.
So where am I going? Casperia, Italy. It's a school called Italian Country Cooking and it is located in a small village about 1 hour east of Rome. In the dead of winter, I'll be learning all about using local ingredients, living in a 200 square foot apt and butchering the Italian language. And hopefully some Italian meats.
I may have said this before, but this just keeps getting better and better!