Americans Abroad: Thanksgiving 2017

New Zealand, of course, doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving (and doesn’t seem to understand that turkey is a delectable and delicious food!) but us Americans banded together to celebrate – and a bunch of Kiwis joined in!

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Conor, a Kiwi student the year above me, started things off by making punch.

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It looked pretty yummy! (My stomach doesn’t really do alcohol so I avoided it, but it was gorgeous.)

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These are mayo-free deviled eggs. I couldn’t eat them but they disappeared really quickly.

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On the left, Sasha, American PhD student and maker of deviled eggs; Alana, a Kiwi film student and volunteer firefighter, is smiling at the camera.

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On the left, Jean, a Canadian PhD candidate about to graduate (no, don’t go!!! Jean is incredibly lovely and supportive) and Sasha, who is awesome but has a strange hatred of condiments (hence the mayo-free eggs.)

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Our lovely, $150 NZD turkey (+ shipping!!), fresh out of the oven.  It was so delicious!

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There was also some lighter fare and plenty of cider, beer, and wine.

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Emma and Kat snapping the wishbone: American students the year above me, they were the amazing hosts of this dinner.  Emma’s masterpiece was the turkey, and Kat’s was amazing pies and cranberry sauce.

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Emma’s on the left, and Kat’s on the right.  It took them about five tries to snap the wishbone.  Major props to them for organizing and hosting a 25+ person Thanksgiving!

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And Kat was the winner!  Behind her are happy classmates (all Kiwis, actually.)  I made green beans, mashed potatoes with my grandma’s recipe (the best mashed papas in the world), and vanilla ice cream.*

*my kind mother bought me an ice cream machine because I had a mini-breakdown about the ice cream here.  It’s very different from the ice cream at home and ice cream is my favorite indulgence.  Yum!!!

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