Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from the states!

I have to admit it's the one major holiday I miss being back home.  Christmas is too pressure-filled with having to buy presents for everyone and a fourth of July barbecue is great summer fun, but more like a casual get-together. Thanksgiving, however, is something special because of its simplicity - a day dedicated to spending time with family and friends, eating and drinking too much and then falling asleep on the couch.  There's no such equivalent here in Spain, unless you count most Sundays.

For those American expats away from home, many of the Irish bars offer some sort of Thanksgiving dinner and usually carry the NFL games. They tend to be a bit on the pricey side, but they're the only places you'll find turkey with all the trimmings, some sort of pumpkin pie and other goodies. There's also an Anglo supermarket called A Taste of Home which has many of the ingredients necessary to make the feast (ie cranberries) if you've got a culinary bent.  Personally, I usually celebrate with a roasted chicken and potatoes and a six back of Bud.

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