I celebrated my first Thanksgiving last week!

We had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner with a group of friends. Celebrating with friends can apparently also be called a Friendsgiving. Either or, I think the holiday is great: get together with family or friends, eat good food, and take a moment to share what you are thankful for. Another holiday I could bring with me back home!

We had a lot of the traditional Thanksgiving foods: marshmallow sweet potato casserole (yes, your eyes do not deceive you – marshmallow), mashed potatoes, Hawaiian sweet rolls, sweet corn, stuffing, turkey (and a vegan turkey), gravy, ambrosia salad (contains marshmallows, canned mandarins, sour cream, and coconut – quite questionable in my opinion if this counts as a salad), and both cranberry sauce and cranberry jelly. And pumpkin pie and apple pie for dessert of course!

The food was good, and I have to admit that the marshmallow sweet potato casserole was a positive surprise – sure, it’s very sweet, but it wasn’t disgusting as I first thought it would be. Still, I don’t think I will make it at home. 😀

The day after Thanksgiving we made a post-Thanksgiving lunch at my coworker’s place, and in the evening I went for drinks with friends. On Saturday I rented bikes with another friend and bicycled along the southern riverbank if the Anacostia river to the Arboretum and back, a total of about 25 km. It wasn’t the prettiest if days – and the Anacostia river trail wasn’t the prettiest of trails – but it was nice to be outside. The Arboretum also showed off some pretty fall colors.

In the evening some of the interns from the Finnish embassy had their farewell dinner. We got sushi and after that we went dancing downtown. We just danced for several hours, and it was so much fun. Needless to say, I was pretty tired on Sunday, and spent the whole say in my Christmas pajamas (it was December 1st, after all) planning the next holiday – but more on that later.

All in all, a great Thanksgiving weekend!


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