This Thanksgiving was my first away from home. As much as I love it here in Thailand, I was sad to be missing the holiday. I absolutely love Thanksgiving weekend.
It starts with an absolutely ridiculous night reuniting with hometown homies. This year was special because it was our five year high school reunion. As class president, it was my job to organize the event. I did the best I could to organize before I left, but the majority of the work was done by my trusty treasurer and VP (s/o to Katie and Danielle). And I was probably the only person in our class genuinely excited for the event- I've been talking it up for years.
I really miss Thanksgiving weather. All the best outfits are worn during New England Falls. I also miss cooking the Thanksgiving feast. With limited access to ingredients and cooking supplies, it's nearly impossible to cook an authentic Thanksgiving feast in Pua. Most importantly, I miss my family! Moral of the story is I missed home more than ever during the week of Thanksgiving.
Thankful for my students!
So, the week of Thanksgiving, I taught my students about the holiday. I taught them what it means to be thankful and asked them to think about what they are thankful for. I created a short video featuring some of my students. As homesick as I am during the holidays, my students how lucky I am to be teaching here in Thailand. I'm SO thankful for my students. They challenge me every day and reward me in more ways they know!
A Farang Thanksgiving
The five of us foreigners in Pua organized a Thanksgiving feast with our Thai friends. I'm so thankful to have such an amazing group of friends here in Thailand. We each brought food and ate until we were sad-full. It was as close to the real thing as it gets.