Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving in the Congo

12:00 A.M.

Thanksgiving officially kicks off with a huge rain storm that floods our kitchen. Gobble gobble.

8:00 A.M.

Wake up and go for a run on the river. Must make preemptive, though probably futile, strike against the two Thanksgiving dinners scheduled for today. Just saying "two Thanksgiving dinners" makes me feel tubby. Oh, and in case you were wondering, there is no Macy's parade in Kinshasa.

11:30 A.M.

Cook stuffing to bring over to the Ambassador's dinner. Comes from a bag, not sexy but it works.

12:30 P.M.

Thanksgiving dinner at the Ambassador's residence. Everyone brought really great sides and the Ambassador provided the turkeys and some kind of huge Congo fish. A little odd having turkey and whatnot in 90 degree weather (and not to mention, in the Congo) but overall it was very nice. Didn't really seem like real Thanksgiving, more like Thanksgiving Light. We really missed being with family.

5:00 P.M.

After spending some quality time with Soph and attempting to Skype with the family units, we headed out for Thanksgiving Part Deux, hosted by the Marines and the RSO. Less garden party, more pig roast. Lots of fun. Lots of wine.

So, we ended up having a really good day, despite being away from all our friends and family back home. It's very hard to believe the holiday season is here and I especially missed my annual Friday outing with Ryan this year. I hope everyone had a really great day and we miss you lots!

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