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My first Thanksgiving (with a Mexican twist!)
Hello guys and happiest (late) Thanksgiving!
I am writing to you as I sit cozily wrapped up on my roommate's bed in Los Angeles, California. Yes, finals are well past me. All the amazing people I have met in Dartmouth, some of whom I've been so thankful to call my dearest friends and my many firsts at college (and life in general!) made my first term at Dartmouth definitely one to remember.
Or so I thought. It was drizzling in Los Angeles and there was a slight breeze, much to my surprise. I felt thankful for having spent 2 months building my tolerance for the cold in Hanover! My roommate picked me up at the airport and we drove to her house. I was going to spend five nights in LA with her family. In the car, I remember Shallow was playing on the radio. Even though I have been in the US for a little over four months, I am still not accustomed to the radio that plays American songs and the announcers that make casual conversation in English.
One by one, we lined up to fill our plates — there was sliced ham, steamed chicken in barbeque sauce, turkey, stuffing (my favorite!), broccoli casserole, and pasta marinara. Dessert consisted of pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie (a close second!), traditional Mexican chips, and sweet cranberry juice. I haven't had such a huge meal since I left Myanmar and was immensely grateful for having such good food amidst even better company.
This was how I spent my first Thanksgiving, guys! How did you spend yours? I hope it was every little bit as heartwarming and lovely as mine was. Have an amazing start to December!
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