28.11.2005 0 °C
Yesterday was Turkey day in the most untraditional sense. My turkey day festivities usually consist of NOT going to school, church, lounging, cooking/smelling whatever is cooking, maybe a movie, and then of course FOOD with all my family! Well, the program here does a Thanksgiving dinner for all us homesick Americans and I have to say, they did a pretty good job when it comes to cooking up a Thanksgiving dinner here, called La Cena de Acción de Gracias. They were right on the money with the turkey and mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes (minus the marshmallows), and a pretty amazing stuffing, but after that it just wasn’t the same. There was no green bean casserole with the yummy crispy onions on top, the cranberry sauce didn’t have actual cranberries in it, there wasn’t gravy, the rolls couldn’t hold a flame to the amazing ones Grandma makes, and the pumpkin pie was more like flan with cinnamon in it. Nevertheless, the dinner was really enjoyable. In Spanish fashion, Marissa and I arrived late, to our luck, missing the cheesy poems written and read by the program director (what is it about a PhD that makes people think that anything and everything they say in front of a group of students will be recorded as the next “I Have a Dream” speech????). After that embarrassing display we ate, and took photos. Lots of photos. In a sense this was our goodbye dinner because we don’t have an official one after the program. Everyone, students and professors were all dolled up in their going our gear and the whole room was filled with energy.
Everyone was just happy to be with everyone else, in that kind of sappy forget-all-your-differences-and-just-enjoy-the-night kinda mood which made the whole experience even that much more enjoyable. Good company, good food, not so good wine made up for by good champagne, fun photos, and getting to go out with your teachers = GREAT NIGHT!
After the dinner, the hotel staff was ready to kick our lively crowd out, and, we all, including Antonio and Rafa (my history and International Relations professors) came out to the next stop, one of those whole in the wall bars you can only find once. Seeing your professors in a bar is strange enough, then realizing that your entire class essentially just put on skirts and ties and relocated to the bar….now that is interesting!
Sometime later we left the bar (into the literally freezing air, apparently some polar front has just moved into Spain) and headed towards another club. Cody, Marissa, and I, never quite made it and instead headed back to Cody´s to warm up our feet and eat, again! After that I braved the cold one more time, go get home where I plopped down on my bed around 4am and called it a night (or a morning??!!?).
It was definitely no traditional thanksgiving, but if I couldn’t be with my family yesterday then this was definitely a good way to spend it.