Dear friends, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope my family and friends around the globe are celebrating with their loved ones and giving thanks. My family traditionally celebrates Thanksgiving by inviting my extended relatives and grandparents to our house for a feast. Well, two feasts--one for lunch and one for dinner. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because the whole family gets together and we'll sit around chatting, laughing, and watching movies.
For Thanksgiving this year in Taiwan, all of us went to the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) to eat a delicious, Thanksgiving meal. It was a feast complete with green bean casserole, fruit salad, salad, mashed potatoes and gravy, ham, turkey, cranberry sauce, rolls, and carrots. Some of the Fulbrighters helped bake chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, and apple pie. For dessert, I had fruit and my favorite dessert of all--pumpkin pie! On the car ride home with one of the local English teachers, she commented on how there actually weren't that many dishes, which is true according to Taiwan standards where they'll have anywhere from twelve to twenty dishes at one sitting. I thought it was pretty funny, though, because the dishes we had are considered plenty according to American standards =D
While I missed spending Thanksgiving with family this year, it was very nice to spend it with new friends in Taiwan. I'm thankful for my wonderful local English teachers Chia-Ling & Ashley, my students, my school, my friends, and my family. I love y'all!