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Giving Thanks in Spain

Naturally, Thanksgiving in Spain wasn’t as great as Thanksgiving in America, but it was pretty darn good. In fact, I had TWO Thanksgivings!

Thanksgiving 1: On Thursday, November 25th.

After work, I put on my spandex (let’s be honest, jeans are not the preferred attire for serious eating) and walked to a British restaurant called Casa Lopez Correo with my friend, Alex (from Iowa) and a new friend Casey (from Boston).

The Restaurant!

When the first plate arrived in front of me, I thought to myself…”Have these people done ANY research on Thanksgiving?” I’d explain all the courses, but it’s much easier if you just look at the pictures:

First Course: Pate, Some sort of fig sauce, Shrimp salad

Second Course: PUMPKIN (!!!!) Soup

Third Course: Turkey with gravy, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. Classic.

Dessert: Apple pie with ice cream! Yum!

Alex, Casey and I sipping posh!

A successful dinner! Afterward, I went home and spent some time with my friend, Peter and my roommate, and listened to Christmas music (Peter’s obsessed). I skyped my family which was amazing (I met my cousin’s newborn baby via video chat!!) and introduced them to Peter and Elias.

Thanksgiving 2: Saturday, November 27th.

I was invited to a Thanksgiving potluck at my friend Valerie’s and it was SO MUCH FUN. Everyone brought something and we had a huge spread of food and roughly 18 bottles of wine. We also were able to share Thanksgiving with a Spaniard and a Norwegian who were thoroughly impressed by the holiday.

I was appetizer girl!

Suzanne hard at work on her apple pie.

Some plates loaded up with food! Chicken (turkey was too difficult), green bean casserole, fried pumpkin, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes & veggies.

Marissa and Mickey (both visiting from other teaching locations in Spain).

Everyone enjoying the meal!

The lone cranberry sauce can.

The beautiful apple pie with a heart in the center.

Suzanne, Abby, Valerie and I.

I feel so thankful for all of the people I have met here, and all of the opportunities I have had as a consequence of this experience. While I do miss America sometimes, I am incredibly lucky to be fulfilling a dream that I had to live abroad. And to know that I am being supported by so many friends and family at home is so encouraging…especially my parents and brothers who are always the first to read my blog and continuously make me feel like I can do anything.

My dear friends and family, I am so sincerely thankful for you.




4 responses

  1. Britt

    Can I just say…I am totally jealous of your life right now and it motivates me to go out and do amazing things too 🙂 I miss you and I’m sorry my skype is a jerk, but we need to set up another skype date soon!

    November 28, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    • Annie Blewett

      Thanks B 🙂 I miss you!! Let’s try to set-up a Skype date soon! Or we can use gchat video too. xo

      November 28, 2010 at 6:39 pm

  2. Lisi

    they have a foodtown in spain?! or someone brought that cranberry sauce with them?? lol

    December 1, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    • Annie Blewett

      someone brought it from america! they were thinking ahead 🙂

      December 2, 2010 at 12:26 am

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