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Happy Thanksgiving!
November 28, 2008, 2:23 am
Filed under: Thailand


This is originally from my previous facebook group ‘Brittany Goes Global,’ (wanna know how I got the blog name? ;)) in which I sent messages to friends about my travels with Global College’s CRC Program through Taiwan, Thailand, India, and Turkey. This post was not originally associated with this blog, but I have put it up here in the correct date. As you can see, my writing is not quite up to par with what it is now 🙂 But I thought you readers would still find it informative and entertaining.

So this has been such an unusual and special Thanksgiving for me. I spent the day going to Carefour (which is essentially a huge French Target in Thailand that has lots of American food) buying sausage, cheese, chips and salsa, muffins, things to make mac and cheese, and endless snacks with my friends. I helped Mira make macaroni and cheese. It was pretty disastrous but tasted delicious at least. At 3:40 PM we all rounded up and walked over to this restaurant that was serving ‘Thanksgiving meals’ for the day (Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, the works), ordered 12 meals to go, and headed over to Chanti’s apartment for a Thanksgiving celebration. It was really great because besides our group we had some friends from Thailand over, and there were some that were British, Thai, and Australian people that had never experienced Thanksgiving before. Some hadn’t even tried pumpkin pie! So it was really cool to be there for their first experience and explain what Thanksgiving was all about. The food was absolutely amazing. As soon as I started eating Turkey I wanted to cry because it was like I remember, “Oh yeah, it’s actually Thanksgiving today!” I felt proud to be American today in a country that doesn’t celebrate the holiday. I don’t think you realize how big it is in the US until you go out of the country and don’t see anyone celebrating. It was hard being away from my family, who had a huge thanksgiving reunion in New Jersey, but this was a fantastic substitute. After dinner when we were all in a food coma we went around and said what we were thankful for. Chanti, who just welcomed her 4th grandchild yesterday, broke out into dance that I don’t think I could copy if I tried. Heidi read poetry. Kerry played us a song. I did a South Indian tala. It was an amazing afternoon full of friends and laughter, and I am so thankful to have been there for such an amazing experience.

What am I thankful for?

I am incredibly thankful to always have clothes to wear, food to eat, shelter and safety, and more than anything I could possibly need.
I am thankful that my parents have saved up money for me to go to college since I was born, and that I can be on the amazing journey that I am on right now.
I am thankful that my whole family is supportive of me and my dreams and loves me unconditionally. I am thankful for my brother and sisters and parents who I especially missed yesterday.
I am thankful that I have SO many close friends who I can turn to when I’m down, when I need someone to talk to, when I need advice, when I need support, and to stimulate me, inspire me, and make me feel loved.
I am beyond thankful that I had the opportunity to go to India this year and meet my group and Dan and Aleta, who became my mentors. It has changed my life in ways I could never imagine happening and turned it into something beautiful and wonderful.
I am especially thankful for the Tibetan family that has welcomed me with open arms this year, for constant phone calls and love that I feel across the land from them, from laughter and jokes and a crazy connection that I know was meant to happen. I felt like I have gained 3 brothers and one more sister this year.
I am thankful for Tsering, who challenges me, helps me grow, is always there for me, and makes every day shine brighter because I have come to know him and know what love really means.
I am thankful for amazing books, amazing music, amazing art that helps or has helped me redefine my life.
I am thankful that I have had the experiences I’ve had while traveling and that I’ve experienced poverty and helplessness and seen it firsthand. It gives me hope because I know that I can do something about it.
I am thankful for love, I am thankful for strength, I am thankful for creativity, I am thankful for true beauty, I am thankful for everything that has happened in my life so far and where it will take me in the future.
I truly feel like the luckiest person alive. I hope you’ve been surrounded by love and happiness this holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone 🙂

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Thanks for sharing. What a plseraue to read!

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