Holidays abroad

Trip Start Nov 02, 2011
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Celebrating typical American holidays abroad is interesting.  Some of our holidays are celebrated by other countries:  Christmas and New Year for example.  Some are unique to us, such as Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July. Going by Thai time, today is Thanksgiving in America.  I think if it had commercial value, it would be adopted and celebrated in other countries/cultures. But a turkey dinner doesn't have much clout when it comes to making a profit.  Christmas, on the other hand, does have clout and has been adopted by many non-Christian countries, such as Thailand with it's over 90% Buddhist population.  New Years has profit clout too and has been adopted in Thailand, even though two other new year days are celebrated:  the Thai new year and the Chinese new year. But back to Thanksgiving.

I decided I would celebrate T-Day in Thailand today with a duck dinner.  Seemed a simple decision.  I've had DELICIOUS duck in Bangkok several times.  But Thailand is a bit like America when you think north and south.  The dialects are different, and so is the food.  There is only ONE place that seems to have duck in Chiang Mai... a fast food place at the mall, which I've had once in the past and is ok, but I wanted a duck DINNER.  After an intensive search that even included HUGH Warorot Market in CHINATOWN, NO DUCK MEAL!  I'm sure it does exist here, but I was getting hungry and losing my patience and humor.  I had to make a decision.  

I came across one option at "Art Cafe" featuring Italian and Mexican Cuisine.  A full dinner with all the trimmings for.... gulp....399THB. That's only $13US, but I just couldn't do it.  Not when their specialties are Italian and Mexican and we're in Thailand and $13US can buy 3 days of meals. Thanksgiving is an AMERICAN holiday centered around AMERICAN food, so I did the best option I could think of..... I went to McDonalds.  How much more American can I get?  and for $3.52US

I'll be flying on Korean Air tomorrow for the REAL turkey day and if past performance regarding food continues, I'll have a great meal, whatever it may be.   
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