No matter how great your host country is, as an expat there will always be things that you miss from home. Like Chipotle, or knowing that you'll be able to communicate with the person on the other side of the phone, or being able to find a simple can of black beans.
For me, fall is the hardest time to be away. It's my favorite season, especially in Virginia. Fall to me is football, apple picking, wine tasting trips to Charlottesville, drives in the Blue Ridge mountains, and of course, Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday. I love going to my parents' house, cooking with my mom and my sisters with the parade in the background, and the first sounds of Christmas music.
For the second year, I wasn't home for Thanksgiving. But, thanks to some great friends, I still got to celebrate!
These wonderful people came to my house for a not-so-traditional Thanksgiving meal. With three Americans, one Swiss, one Chilean, and two Scots, we didn't have all of the typical meal offerings (especially because I could not find fried onions anywhere to complete my green bean casserole. So sad). We started with curry soup and ended with cupcakes, with turkey and mashed potatoes in the middle. And it was delicious!
We laughed, we ate, we made the neighbors angry (no formal complaints so far!), and we had a great time!
It was so nice to celebrate my favorite holiday with such fun people!
Kelly is an American teacher living in Switzerland and enjoying everything the country has to offer.