Thanksgiving in Bologna is bittersweet. I had a fantastic day (a fantastic two days, really, full of all things American.) We went to a mall and got hamburgers yesterday, and then spent all day today cooking.
I am so grateful for my friends here in Bologna, who have become a sort of family. Dinner was a great time, and we were joined by my roommates (from Italy and Russia, respectively) so we got to share some of Thanksgiving internationally.
My day stared like this, with decorating and preparing dough for rolls:
After I got setup, my friend Gabrielle, another Fulbrighter who’s visiting from Sicily, got here to hang out. We walked into the city for lunch, and encountered this:
I then headed to my friend Christina’s apartment to use her oven, since mine is dysfunctional. She kindly let me bake my rolls and pies in hers instead.
Pies (carefully) in hand, Gabrielle and I headed back to start making the rest of dinner. She had a dinner planned with her former study abroad program, but she helped me start the mashed potatoes and turkey. I also made stuffing and brussels sprouts.
Everyone got here at 7, ready to eat. And man, did we have a feast. In addition to my food, we had fried artichokes, a salad, cranberry sauce, mulled wine, regular wine, sweet potatoes, and more.
After dinner, we had some mulled wine, attempted whipped cream (I don’t have a blender, so we were using forks and a milk frother. Suffice to say, it didn’t work.)
And then I got to end my day with charades and these guys, my wonderful family:
So today, I am thankful for improvisation and adaptability, friends in new places, and technology, which brings close that which is far away.
Good night, everyone, and Happy Thanksgiving!