Thanksgiving in Austria

Trip Start Sep 07, 2011
Trip End Jul 18, 2012

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Flag of Austria  , Upper Austria,
Saturday, November 26, 2011

This past Thursday the group of Americans here (and some Canadians) celebrated Thanksgiving together! I was rather impressed with ourselves too. The whole sha-bang went well and we had everything we would normally eat at home and none of the food turned out to be a disaster. While the food was still in the oven we had appetizers of veggies and dip, a cheese ball, pizza dip and chips, and some shrimp with cocktail sauce. For the main meal a couple of the guys took on the turkeys, and we also had mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans (which I made), macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes, a carrot dish in a maple syrup sauce ( a Canadian dish), bread rolls and butter, and stuffing. It was all very good! It was nice having home food again for once. We even all held hands and said Grace before eating.

After eating though we were all pretty miserable and had to take a break before dessert. During this time the man who got us a deal with the room we were in came down to visit. He is a visiting Dean professor from Cincinnati teaching Accounting here. He put in a good word for us at the reception of Raab Heim so we could have this private apartment down in the basement for Thanksgiving.

After resting we started the desserts. There were spice cake balls, peanut butter and chocolate crisp balls, rice pudding, and apple cobbler with ice cream. So good! Everyone was miserable, but I wasn't too bad. Ha. It was nothing compared to what we have at home... 5 kinds of cake/pie and whatnot.

It was really nice being able to celebrate Thanksgiving. Although it's not the same as being home with family I felt like we had our own little family here.

The next day there were plenty of leftovers so we also came down for lunch to finish it all up. We finally got all the food down and then needed to clean up the apartment before we left. With all of us there helping it didn't take long and then we could return the keys.

It was my first Thanksgiving away from home and although I missed the traditional family get-togethers it was a very unique and memorable holiday and I'm thankful I could celebrate with some great new friends.
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