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2010-01-05 Thanksgiving In Norway

As you know, the United States and Canada are the only ones who celebrate Thanksgiving. So being abroad I was scared I would not be able to enjoy this very special holiday and pig out on turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, pumpkin pie, and stuffing! But to my surprise the school provided us with five turkeys and mashed potatoes and gravy. All we needed was to bring our own dishes of anything we like. We invited all the other international students and Norwegian students to share this holiday with us. To our surprise many of the international students came and brought traditional dishes from their counties. The Spanish people brought Spanish omelets, the Italians brought pasta dishes, and the Norwegians brought their amazing chocolate for dessert. I have to say that I have traveled to many countries and Norway has the best chocolate! It was very nice of the school to allow us to do this, and was even better that they helped provide the essential food that makes this holiday. It was a great way to share a piece of home to students from all over the world. And many of us Americans were very sad and disappointed that we could not be at home with our families. This was a way to share our tradition with each other and all our new friends. We even had another American student tell us the story of how Thanksgiving was created and why we celebrate it. Everyone ended up having a great time and left with very full stomachs. Janys Olsen

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