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Packed lunches

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All through my years at school, from my first day in reception to the last day of my final exams, I have always taken packed lunches to school. Usually, school meals are horrible – very unhealthy and not very tasty! So I took my own instead of eating the salty chips, overcooked vegetables and questionable meat served in the cafeteria.

However, although packed lunches were the best option, they do tend to get very boring. After my last day at school when I was 18, I threw my lunch box in the bin with joy. I thought that when I left high school, I would be free of packed lunches forever. I was so excited at never having to eat another ham and cheese sandwich.

However, when I arrived at university I realised that I lived a 30 minute walk from the library which was too far to go home for lunch every day. So I had to start taking a packed lunch to eat while I was studying, because it was much too expensive to buy meals from the library cafe every day.

This year, when I moved to France, I once again thought that I had put the days of plastic containers and carrot sticks behind me. But once again, I was wrong. Often, I spend a whole day at the same school, which means I have to bring lunch with me if I don't want to be very hungry by the end of the day! I started the year as normal, with cold sandwiches made of sliced bread, ham and cheese – not very interesting at all. But soon I made the decision to find more interesting ways to have lunch away from home. I had to find something new to eat or I would go mad!

I have started experimenting with different lunches. Sometimes I put the same sandwich filling in a wrap or a pitta bread to make it more interesting. Sometimes I bring leftover curry or pasta from my dinner the night before. Sometimes I make myself a pizza instead of a sandwich. Luckily, all the staff rooms have microwaves, so I can eat everything hot. It has become a fun challenge to find something new and exciting to make every day for lunch: although sometimes, when I'm feeling very lazy, I do have a classic ham and cheese sandwich!


Do you have lunch at school or at home? What did you have for lunch today? 


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bojana13 3 September, 2015 - 17:23

We don't have lynch at school.Even though there are markets and backeries i bring food from home.Because the markets are too exspensive and there is always a hole line of students waiting.Today i didn't brought lynch .But i usually bring a sandwich.

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cklj 27 August, 2015 - 16:41

In my country we don't have cafeterias in the schools. When we have a break from the classes we eat something that we buy from the near bakery, fast food or super market, but sometimes it happens someone to bring food prepared at home.
Today I ate grapes for lunch.

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Leober98 8 June, 2015 - 02:35

I don´t have for luch at school but yes at home.

Today have for lunch meatball whit pasta and bread.

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Elsa007 4 June, 2015 - 13:39

I had roast beaf sandwich today. It was very delicious. My mom made me for lunch at school! ツ

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ProdigyS2 2 June, 2015 - 01:39

I lunch at home but I usually use my lunch box 'cause I've got a lot of things to do xD. Today I have a beef with salad 4 lunch.

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tamyy 28 May, 2015 - 00:50

I not lunch at school because we left at 12:30 am and my house is not far away. And no lunch at our school.

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Lavender 24 January, 2015 - 16:28

Here I am who always bring lunch if I have to study all day at school. I live far from my school, it takes me an hour to get to school by bus. So I have to wake up at 5AM (school starts at 7), rush to have breakfast and pack the lunch that I made the night before. My friends told me to buy lunch from the cafeteria but I want to save the money. Besides cooking for my own is a way to improve my cooking skill. And the meal would be more nutritious. The thing I don’t like is my menu kind of simple just like you. It includes rice, vegetables and meat, it can be beef, pork, chicken, fish, shrimp. The second things I don’t like that preparing lunch (and other meals) takes time. But I think it’s worth!

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famz97 20 December, 2014 - 06:33

I am lunch at school rarely. I prefer to eat in My Home and I can back from school at 15.45pm. Sorry if you don't understand it.

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Silvermist 29 November, 2014 - 16:05

Well I have my lunch at home. Here in most of the Asian countries our main meal is rice and curry, so I guess it's rice and curry for very lunch, every day.

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