Back in the United States I never really felt that Thanksgiving was such a great holiday. I mean I usually ate GREAT food but too much and then my stomach would maybe hurt or I just wanted to sleep – so it all seemed a bit silly. Seeing my family was always a treat and I loved that, but I do think that I under appreciated seeing them. I have a close family and I see them often when I am in the States so it is not one of those times where Thanksgiving is a wonderful rare moment where everyone comes together. This year however marks my first year away from my family and out of the country on Thanksgiving and I could not have asked for a better day!
OK, that is not entirely true, I could have gone without taking a German exam today but now I am one step closer to this semester being over which is bittersweet. After the test too some of my friends and I went to a Weihnachts Markt for some gluehwein which of course made things better! …
Today I realized how I under-appreciate Thanksgiving in the United States where I am surrounded by my family and great food, laughter and all around good times. Today, even though my family was not actually me with though, I continued to feel surrounded by their love. I was able to FaceTime my mom in the early afternoon and text with family and friends throughout the day sharing in the holiday fun from abroad.
Here in Germany I was reminded yet again of: ~how much all of my friends here mean to me ~how incredible this study experience has been and continues to be ~how much love is in my life ~how truly amazing my life is.
To celebrate Thanksgiving, a few friends and I dressed up nice and went out to dinner with a friend’s parents who are in town. It was really wonderful to be able to celebrate with family, even if it was not my own immediate family. Friends can become family too, the friends that I have made in Germany are definitely like family to me. After an incredible dinner, of no not Turkey, but delicious Thai!… We went to the movies to see Hunger Games: Catching Fire. – It was so good and now I am convinced that I must read the books!
While, I was not in the United States and I did not eat turkey or mashed potatoes or pies or sweet potatoes, I still experienced what I love most about Thanksgiving … being surrounded by people who make my smile, people who mean the world to me.
A great Thanksgiving was had even if very different than what I am used to experiencing. Next week is my last week of university here for the fall semester and I can tell already that it is going to be hard to say goodbye to people. I know that I personally grown during my three months here. I have made best friends and memories that will last forever. I have learned to take life less seriously and have really loved all that embracing that has provided for me. I could keep going on, but for now I will stop and quickly end by saying… Thank you!
Thank you to everyone who helped to make my study abroad experience possible! Thank you to my family and friends for all the love, good times and for always being there. Thank you to everyone here in Berlin and Germany who I have met, it is because of you that my semester has been as amazing as it is! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! …
To everyone in America: eat some extra sweet potato fries for me! – They are my favorite 🙂