Today is the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. It is a good time for me to stop and reflect upon the past year. This time last year I was attending classes in Costa Rica. No holiday there. It was just another school day. It was almost by accident, that the North American students remembered to wish each other Happy Thanksgiving during the lunch break. But, in the evening about 16 of us gathered at our favorite restaurant in town for a tasty vegetarian dinner. It was a happy celebration among friends.
This year, back in the States, I searched the web for a list of restaurants open in the San Francisco Bay area for vegetarian options. The few restaurants that are open have "prix fix" menus that are generally over priced and do not offer the same variety as their regular menu. Choices were limited for anything other than the traditional fare, especially when seeking vegan dishes. This means we will go for the standby, Indian food. Cooking at home is certainly an option, but when it is just two people it is nice to get out.
No matter where I celebrate, I acknowledge tothe universe that I have had an amazing year. I am so thankful for the opportunity that I have had to go live in a foreign country and take a year off to focus on my own personal development. I highly recommend it! It is incredibly valuable to experience living outside the United States and participate in another culture. Friends and colleagues have been so welcoming upon my return to the country. The gracious responses I receive each week at work as I come across people that I haven't yet seen since my return are very meaningful to me.
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