thankful, although turkey-less

A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families, dear readers!! And of course, a Happy Black Friday too!

I wanted to make a quick Thanksgiving post to express how extremely grateful I am this year. I am so very lucky to have the opportunity to be living in The Netherlands with my amazing husband these days! (That’s the obvious thankfulness.) We are so blessed to be exploring the world together, but also just to slow down and enjoy the small, everyday things together as we kick-start our marriage!

As you all know by now, I am doing a lot of soul-searching these days in attempt to determine the direction that is my future career/life-path. Self-discovery is not an easy thing to do, nor is it an easy thing to listen to someone that is trying to do it. I am thankful that my hubs is so supportive of me and my quest to discover my passion and direction.

I am also thankful that we live in such a wonderfully diverse world where you can do something unlike anything you have ever done before every single day (big or small). How exciting (and sometimes intimidating) it is to not know what is coming next! I know you don’t have to move across the world to do this too…but it does seem to make these things more noticeable. I am thankful to have my eyes open these days!!

It’s funny how “absence makes the heart grow fonder” too. Although I loved my friends and family VERY much prior to our move, I appreciate them even more now that we are living in a new place where we are slowly building a new social/support network. You have all been so incredibly supportive of us, following me on the blog or Facebook, reassuring us that “we will back in no time” and “we can pick up where we left off” in our moments of frustration, and scheduling random Skype chats at inconvenient times! I am BEYOND THANKFUL for you. It is amazing to feel that wherever you go, you have the love of your friends and family with you!

Now that I’ve gotten real deep there…I will tell you about our not-so-Thanksgiving-ish-Thanksgiving. We are currently in Geneva, Switzerland (this post is coming to you from the hotel lobby), as BC is here for work. Given my lack of responsibilities these days, I decided to join in the fun. I spent the afternoon yesterday wandering about the extremely high-end and expensive shopping areas of Geneva and taking a walk along the lake by myself. (Not quite the same, as we have been used to spending the day with family.). We were able to chat with BC’s family before we headed off to dinner. Unfortunately, my family was off doing some exploring of their own in Florida, as they were visiting my brother for the holiday, so we had to settle for some text messaging.

Luckily, we did have great company with BC’s co-workers for dinner at a tasty restaurant in the city. I had Pumpkin Risotto…figured this was as close as I could get to a Thanksgiving flavor. It was quite delicious!! I criticized BC’s choice of steak…he could have at least gone for duck or something, right? I was thrilled to end the evening with a trio of macaroons and coffee ice cream though…and I entered into the Thanksgiving tradition known as the “food comma”.

I attempted some online Black Friday shopping this morning, only to find that there were no good deals worth my time (not to mention I am out of touch without the advertisements).

More on Switzerland in the coming days, and a recap of last weekend’s cultural experiences too.

I hope that you have all had a wonderful week with family and are still stuffed from yesterday!!

Until next time,
-MK-

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