This may not have been my first thanksgiving away from my family, but it was my first thanksgiving away from thanksgiving. Not only do they not celebrate thanksgiving in Japan, there aren’t really even turkeys. Annnnd most people don’t even know what it is, halloween is a more popular holiday. This was also my first twinge of homesickness. While at work I thought about how much I would love spending the day on a huge couch smelling turkey in the oven and then eating myself into a comatose state. Instead my other american friends and I went to McDonald’s and got a chicken sandwich meal. poultry and potatoes in a meal- its pretty much the same, right?
Although I was a bit homesick, I have so many things to be thankful for. I am thankful for this incredible opportunity to experience and live in another country. I am thankful that my parents and dog are happy and still in good health. I am thankful for all the people that have supported me through the preparation and during this great adventure. I am also thankful for the friends that I have made here. They have saved me and made me feel at home. Although this was a turkey-less day of thanks I still have plenty of appreciation.