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Nov 26th

Giving thanks when there’s no Thanksgiving holiday

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Thanksgiving this year was quite interesting. I woke up, followed through with my daily routines and went about my classes. I knew that it was Thanksgiving, but it had not hit me until ... Thanksgiving this year was quite interesting. I woke up, followed through with my daily routines and went about my classes. I knew that it was Thanksgiving, but it had not hit me until my mother called me as I walked to my four o’ clock class saying she had just put the last sweet potato pie in the oven. I kind of stopped where I was and said, “Oh! It is Thanksgiving!” At that very moment, I realized everything I was missing out on back home: sweet potato pies, peach cobblers, greens, mom´s homemade macaroni and cheese, and the liking. Throughout the remainder of the day, I couldn’t stop thinking about my family and all of the food they were eating, seeing that I would not be eating any of it because I am not in America (and I am not complaining), but I got over it. Christmas is just around the corner and we can replay it along with some gifts.

The upside to the story is my study abroad program organized a Thanksgiving dinner for us! We all dressed up and walked to the restaurant together. We had three large tables nicely set up for us. We took our seats, but we only sat long enough to take out our cameras and immediately begin to take pictures-in every type of arrangement and with everyone. We ran around that restaurant like crazy. The waiters did not know what to do. We were all so excited to have the opportunity to celebrate an American holiday and have an American meal, we did not know how to act. The waiters were trying to figure out when to server us in the midst of all the excitement, so eventually they just started to place our food on the tables, which were never completely filled.

We finally sat still long enough to eat our food, which was alright. Some thought it was really good, but I beg to differ (I am sorry, but my mother and my señora can burn!).

After dinner, everyone decided to go to a bar. That really watered the night down. I suppose if you do not drink, it is no fun because I was bored out of my mind. I went home, along with my headache shortly after arriving, attempted to talk with my family in Minneapolis, but got disconnected (both the children and the adults were on the phone, which never really works out well) so I went to sleep.

Overall, Thanksgiving this year was a worthwhile experience. However, I will be glad to have some normalcy when I return home for Christmas.
 

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