Pre Thanksgiving

This makes Thanksgiving number 3 here. Each has been better than the last. I honestly can’t remember what I did the first year; I was very new and probably forgot about it or didn’t do anything. Last year we had a potluck with friends at my friend’s house. It was nice and much closer to what I had in mind for a Thanksgiving away from family. This year I’m quite confident it will be even better. We’re doing the dinner at home. Everyone has to contribute. I just recently had my 2 year anniversary mail here so I don’t want to get all sentimental for what I’m thankful for, but just a bit…
I’m thankful for traffic cops that stop me and just let me go, for my friend who has a permanent bed in my house that she’s always ready to come sleep on, for a friend who I can eat lunch with, continue to spend the rest of the day with, who knows everything yet still reads my blog, a great apartment that I’m allowed to stay in with lower rent because I live alone, an amazing best friend who despite living apart I feel close to him all the time, some of the best friends I’ve ever had who are so amazing I always feel I have to mention it – they’re ability to keep me sane, drive me insane, make me laugh more than I’ve ever laughed in a day or string of days is incredible, the most supportive family in the entire world who even though they want me to come home continue to help me out while I’m living here, the best friends at home who I speak to less and less but I know that they’re always there for me as I am for them, the ability to start a new arts after school program with the full support and confidence of my entire team and boss, capoeira which has helped facilitate my transitions and remains a constant, my health and amazing body that keeps me healthy without issues that most foreigners and even Indians face here, a job, Vipassana that has opened up a new sense of peace in me, Indian food and it’s amazing yumminess, yoga, music, diversity and culture, humility, being able to stay up until 1am and still go to work, coffee, discovering South Indian coffee, my South Indian hole in the wall restaurant, discovering F1, discovering motorcycles, helmets, rain and warmth of sun, working with my friend’s NGO at home and watching him grow and the ability to still feel useful from half way across the world, makana (don’t know how to describe that food but it’s like popcorn but a protein and yummy), free speech, my new and first pair of chapals that have pressure points and make walking around in house chapals fun, languages, “The Little Prince” the book, mountains and oceans, silence, datacards, laptops, water, pain killers, juice, the ability to know that the world is so huge and vast but very small and familiar at the same time. There’s more, but I don’t want to get boring. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone; It’s my favorite holiday because you just get to be happy for what you have and share that happiness with everyone else. Call me sentimental, but ‘tis the season, so I’m allowed.

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