This is my first time spending Thanksgiving outside the States, and it makes me realize how much I love this holiday. It’s timed so perfectly—it kicks off the holiday season with reminders of all there is to be thankful for, with full stomachs and hearts, with family and food and friends! I mean, what more do you need in life??
So I’m kind of sad that I have to spend Thanksgiving writing a paper and going to class. I’m going out to dinner in the evening with a friend’s group of friends—in other words, a bunch of people I haven’t met yet, and I don’t think there will be many Americans. Nonetheless, I’m secretly planning to spring an icebreaker of “What I’m thankful for” on them and force them into celebrating American Thanksgiving, hee hee. I’ll let you know how it goes.
My London-related Thanksgiving list:
- Thankful for fast friends who’ve filled my first two months with memorable moments.
- Thankful for the wonders of Skype (iChat, Google+, etc.) to help me keep in touch with friends and family back home! (Miss you all!!!)
- Thankful that I still have eight months to explore this city and Europe!
- Thankful for my church community (and to have found it so quickly).
- Thankful for spontaneous moments of grace.
- Thankful that I live near Hyde Park—and that the weather’s still good for jogging outdoors!
- Thankful to see the sky out my window.
- Thankful to be pest-free (I’ve had too many mice for roommates in NYC)!
- Thankful for my kettle and many cups of tea.
- Thankful to finally be in the city that I’ve dreamed of living in for years—and that it’s been even more amazing than I hoped!