¡Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias!
28 November 2019
It’s Thursday morning, the sun is not yet up, and I’m on the train on my way to work like any other day. Because today is like any other day. Except for the fact in the back of my mind where I remember that it just happens to be the fourth Thursday in November.
Holidays that you’re used to celebrating often are a strange thing when living abroad. Mentally I know that since it’s the end of November Thanksgiving is today, but because it’s not something that is celebrated here, it’s easy to forget and let the day just pass you by. Living in the States, there was always this… feeling that a holiday was coming up. People preparing for it, talking dishes, grocery stores displays, pumpkin flavored, well, everything. It’s hard to miss.
But take all that away and it feels like any other day of the week, even though I know that today is a day to be grateful and remember the good things in life. So, I’m planning on having dinner with a few American friends tonight to celebrate the holiday as best we can.
By having sushi. Because… turkey dinners aren’t a thing here?
Though before you worry that I haven’t properly ingested enough tryptophan this month, I did travel to Segovia again this past weekend. My friend Lori lives there with her boyfriend, and I go to see them every so often. This past weekend we celebrated Thanksgiving in a very American way with some other expats. Turkey, mashed potatoes, yams, stuffing… everything you’d expect to find. Well, except cranberries unfortunately. Those are really difficult to find here. To the point where they use the same word for blueberry and cranberry! 🤔
And in true American fashion, I ate way more than I should have, and subsequently felt the need to laze about afterwards. It was a good time.
So to close, this holiday season I’m thankful for: friends and family in the States who supported me as I uprooted myself yet again and moved abroad; for new friends both Spanish and American that have made this experience better than it would have been otherwise; and to Spain in general for allowing me to have this amazing experience which is quickly becoming one of the best in my life.
And to anyone who is still reading this blog, I’m especially thankful for you. I love you all, and hope you have an amazing Diá de Acción de Gracias.
edit: In case anyone was truly curious, I went out with some friends after work and we had sushi/Chinese food for dinner. (Think of A Christmas Story). And then we played cards afterwards. So, not a typical American Thanksgiving like last Saturday, but a good night nonetheless!