Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Week of Thanks, 2013… Thanksgiving Day

While our friends from other parts of South Asia and from the USA were visiting us last week, we were constantly driving, riding the train, and hanging onto rickshaws as we traversed our city and our state.

But we knew that most of us were going to miss our families and friends back in the USA on Thanksgiving Day, so we tried to A) distract everyone with an awesome day, and B) try to make as close to a Thanksgiving Meal as we could.

Last year we gathered together with dozens of our friends in our town, and this year the gathering was going to be even bigger. But we wanted to climb in the car at daybreak and climb many thousands of feet up to Darjeeling, where we could experience some of the beauty and uniqueness of that city.

It was chilly and partly cloudy, but our Mississippi friends warmed themselves drinking Darjeeling tea, buying Darjeeling tea, and catching glimpses of Mt. Kanchenjunga (the 3rd highest mountain in the world, located here in our country).

We then drove back to our town in the afternoon. As we learned our first year, Kristie's traditional Thanksgiving Chickens are an excellent replacement for the American Turkeys that are not available here, and a few packs of Stove Top Stuffing, some fresh bread and vegetables, and pumpkin pie made our meal seem… almost like home.

In the evening, we followed our tradition of putting up the Christmas Tree on Thanksgiving evening. This may be the real reason we had our friends come visit this week. Laila and Molly were super excited about helping us!

But unfortunately, some of our guests--Jay McGuirk--just sat on the couch and reminisced about the just-eaten pumpkin pie while the girls did all the work.

Maybe next year Jay will visit again and actually help the ladies out! 

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