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Hey, where’s the rice?

A holiday touch The WorldTeach Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday turned out to be a huge success. We were able to pull together quite a feast from seemingly “un-American” ingredients.

To the left is the beginnings of our spread, and a great shot of my mom’s Thanksgiving placemat. I have to say it really pulled the entire meal together =)

Below is a picture of our Thanksgiving table. As you can see we are setting up on mats (a word in Thai that also means “shirt” and “tiger” depending on the tone you give it), a common way to eat in Thailand. Instead of adding leafs to the table like home, we just unrolled more mats. This gives a whole new meaning to “get your feet off the table!”

Eating on the floor

Below is a picture of the turkey we were finally able to find in Nakhon Phanom. It is definitely an uncommon bird in Thailand, or at least in this part of the country. Needless to say, it was great having an actual turkey for our Thanksgiving meal. There was plenty of meat left over for cold turkey sandwiches in the morning, another “American” food most Thais have not yet experienced.

A rare bird in Northeastern Thailand

Below is a final shot of our meal. All of the food was delicious and for the first time since arriving in Thailand I sat down to a meal without rice:

The real deal


Giving thanks…for electricity

I hope everyone back home is eating extra turkey and stuffing for me today! Not surprising, it does not feel anything like Thanksgiving here in Thailand. If it weren’t for my mom’s care package full of the season’s reminders (like a pumpkin spice candle, for example!) the week could have passed without a second thought. Here’s a picture of our “Thanksgiving Dinner”:

Our Thanksgiving Dinner

Not to worry, the WorldTeach volunteers are getting together this weekend for a “real” dinner, hopefully with a hard-to-find turkey too! 

So as my title describes, I am currently giving thanks for electricity. Right after this picture was taken, we lost electricity and dinner was eaten in candlelight (romantic, I know). It has since then come back, but it made me realize how many comforts I have even in this modest house in Thailand.

Well, happy Thanksgiving to all. And “Go Pack!”


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