This year, Thanksgiving Day was business as usual here. The day actually snuck up on us because there was no fanfare about it at all. With the day being a regular school day and no oven in our kitchen, we thought we would skip the holiday this year and let the day pass like any other day.
I was missing our annual tradition with my family, but the ex-pat community being what it is here, with people looking out for and supporting each other (one of the things I love about being here), we were invited by another family to join them for Thanksgiving dinner. There was a beautifully cooked turkey (they have an oven in their kitchen), mashed potatoes, broccoli, apple sauce, gravy, pumpkin pie, and Bailey's Irish cream, all homemade (one gets very good at making one's own food living in a country where western items are hard to find) and incredibly tasty. We brought over mashed pumpkin/squash, stuffing, and my husband's amazing homemade pasta. We also had wine for the second time since arriving here. It was pretty good wine, but like all western things, good wine also is rare in Thailand.
Friday night, we celebrated Thanksgiving again with another group of friends, this time Thai style at a restaurant. It was another great night with a few of our favorite people here. One of them is a fourth-grade teacher who is amazing with little kids, whom my son just adores and who adores my son as well. Another wonderful meal -- green papaya salad, green mango with shrimp salad, green curry with bamboo, pad see ew, cashew chicken, and fried rice. It was a perfect, low-key way to end our week.
|Our view at dinner.|
|Accompanying our dinner was the soothing sound of the fountain in the lake.|
|From left to right: Cashew chicken, green curry, and green papaya salad (the dish on the right were some extra toppings).|