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An International Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

This Thanksgiving was a first for many things: First away from family, first time hosting, and first spent with friends. It turned out to be a really great night sharing this tradition with this awesome group of people...

The Guests (AKA UN Representatives)
Maria (England)
Thomas (Denmark)
Jen (California)
Ewelina (Poland)
Anne Lise (France)
Charlotte (Denmark)

The Menu
Turkey and dressing (Thanks to Claus)
Sweet potato Casserole
Green bean casserole
Corn casserole
Mashed Potatoes and gravy
Vegetarian turkey (shown below) and homemade ranch dip
Bread and wine (Of course)
Cranberry walnut squares
Strawberry cheese pie
Pumpkin spice cookies
Coconut cake

After stuffing our faces in true Thanksgiving fashion, we did the traditional photo, chilled with some Christmas beer, then headed out to meet Bogdan, an Australian dude if I haven't mentioned him before, and friends for a really fun night. 
Thankful for these amazing friends and a really great Thanksgiving. 
                           Jennifer, Charlotte, Anne-Lise, Ewelina, me, Maria, and Thomas 
The feast!
The vegetarian turkey option

Thanksgiving FaceTime with the fam :)
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We Bought (tickets to) a Zoo

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Copenhagen Zoo

The old elephant house

There were lots of elephants to admire. 
And this one even did a little dance. 

Sibling love at the zoo!

These polar bears were HUUGE. Really cool to watch too.

Always LOVE the chimps. They're so entertaining and human-like. There was a lively bunch too, with some pouncing on others, one kicked another, they kept throwing the lettuce from the top of the cage into the audience... Rowdy bunch. 

I don't think one could be more relaxed...

A knights anole. I want it!!


Friday, November 9, 2012

 Home is where the heart isHome is wherever I'm with you
                 Home is where you are.
 Home is where I wanna be.   Home is inside you

Now for the good news I postponed from the previous post for a combination of organization, suspense, and getting the chance to use another cliche...
  After my travels so far, my original thinking that I would be so likely to stay in Europe have changed a little. As I began to realize during my American road trip, and I think I mentioned in my posts about it, it's really important to me to stay close to my family, especially when I have one of my own. So I started thinking that maybe the best thing would be to go and live abroad and explore until wanting to settle down with a family and all. Now these thoughts have become even more clear. Being so far from home has made me realize just how much I love and miss my family, and how I don't want to miss much more of their lives. 
  It's been interesting too because even in Zurich, where I was totally in love with the city, people, and country, thinking about living there seemed unfitting. I just felt like no matter how awesome the place, I wouldn't have my friends and family close enough to ever make it feel like homeIf only your friends and family could move with you right? 
  What kind of surprised me was the tinge of homesickness for the USA that I strangely felt. I definitely never thought I'd say that. I think again, no matter how amazing, beautiful, or exciting a country, nowhere will feel like home as much as where you were raised. Even just having grown up with the history, the culture, the language gives you so much more connection than I think you could get from a foreign country. Sure, you can take language classes, study the history of the place, and immerse yourself in the culture, but it seems like it would never be the same. (Plus that's a lot of work. Haha) And of course, you could absolutely still find happiness and make a happy home wherever, but it still seems like there'd always be missing something... 

  So, come July, I'll be home at least for Amanda's wedding, hopefully Lindsay's in June, then likely....
Staying in the States!!!
Buut,  of course, you can never know for sure. ;) 

Now for two of my favorite songs about home...
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros- Home 

 Jason Mraz- 93 Million Miles 



Tis the Season

Thursday, November 1, 2012

... For cute clothes. 
It's fall y'all!
And I'm in Denmark, so I get to wear exciting fall outfits with scarves and all! 
If I can remember, I'll share some of the outfits I'm proud of on here.
This could be a nice addition to the blog too for some variety, eh? 
Here's the first I was excited about!

Friday night giddup...

Sunday afternoon attire 

I like this one :)

Terrible quality but you can get the gist...

Goofing around with different options...

The final choice



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