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2010-12-05 Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tonight we finally had our anticipated Thanksgiving dinner. We were all anxiously waiting all this month for this day and especially wondering how the food would taste like; beating our mother’s Thanksgiving dinner back home would be hard, but we were more than willing to give it a try.

As we arrived to the restaurant we were greeted and seated by Hermann Weissgärber, director of the institute, or Markus and Birgit, assistants at the institute. My host mom and I sat by Jade’s host family and our German professor Peter Wassertheure. Keith, Jasper, Barbara and Helena sat at another table with their host families. The rest of the tables seated BYU and Anna Maria College students. The atmosphere was welcoming and we seemed like a great big family. Hermann started off the dinner with a brief welcoming speech followed by a couple of lovely songs played on the piano. Then it was finally time to dig in! The turkey was delicious and the mashed potatoes were a hit! The stuffing and cranberry sauce were not missing and they tasted great. Finally, to top it off, the pumpkin pie was served and honestly I have to admit that that pie was the best pumpkin pie I have ever tasted!

At the end of the night we were all "stuffed" and ready to head back home. We were all more than satisfied. It was definitely a memorable Thanksgiving dinner in Austria.

The days are getting cold and we are expecting snow next week! We are all excited to see the city covered in snow and experience our first winter wonderland in Austria. Finals are also approaching and it’s that crack-down time of the semester. We are doing final souvenir shopping and now anxiously looking forward to returning back home and spending a wonderful Christmas with our families.

Till December!

Marissa Estrada

Austria 2010

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