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Pies, Pies, with a Side of Pies!

by Joe Paul Friday, December 1, 2017

Hi Friends!

Today marked the final day of classes here at Chulalongkorn University. In fact, there’s only 14 days left in the semester before I’m off on my own to explore the Asian continent! I cannot believe how fast time flew by these past few months. However, I recently got the chance to slow things down for a day to share a centuries old, American tradition with friends and foreigners alike; Thanksgiving!

Though we celebrated a few days late, we prepared a feast for a king! My friend Paige and I spent about 7 hours preparing for the rest of our friends to arrive by whipping up green bean casseroles, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, chickens and seafood, and an absolutely ridiculous number of pies! It was a great opportunity to take a day and ground myself in tastes, smells, and feelings that reminded me so strongly of home (especially in the midst of end of the semester stress)!

Pies in various progressions of construction
“Pies, pies, with a side of pies!”

About a dozen friends from Nonsi Residence joined us for the occasion. Roughly half came from the U.S. and others from Germany, Sweden, and Finland joined in the deliciousness as well. It was one of the few times where I got to share a part of American culture with friends who were genuinely interested in learning about the holiday. The best part was how well the food we prepared was received! It definitely instilled a newfound appreciation for how hard my Mom and Dad have to work to prepare food for the day back home.

Truly, this was the first time spending a major holiday away from home. However, getting to share my family’s traditions with others that I, too, consider family was one of my best experiences in Bangkok.

A group of friends enjoying a meal
Bonding over a mutual love for fine dining!

For the next two weeks, most of my time will be dominated by studying for my final exams (which I don’t anticipate to be particularly exciting by blogging standards). It’s likely that the next time you’ll hear from me will be in New Delhi during my Indian and Nepalese travels!

Until then,

Joe