Is it really another Thursday already? The time flies, but here we go. I have the third edition of Expectations vs reality about the exchange program in USA. I would like to hear some feedback, if you want me to continue with this type of posts or rather not 😛
Today I’m going to talk about HUGE American holiday that happened last week, the one and only THANKSGIVING! It is so important that even my dorms got closed and I became homeless…. Thanksgiving
Expectations: I have already experienced Thanksgiving 4 years ago in Wisconsin, from which I remember huge family gathering with tons of food and games. However approaching this year I thought I wouldn’t really have an American family to spend traditional Thanksgiving with, so I thought I would just travel somwhere and not celebrate it at all.
Reality: Thanks to the Internet I was in contact with lovely Kate from Gossip Girl forum. She is surprisingly from Ohio, where I’m currently in and she generously invited me to spend Thanksgiving with her in Columbus, the capital of Ohio! I also got invitation to spend the holidays with my other Internet friend- Lujza who is from Slovakia and she studies at Oberlin college. Yay for the Internet connecting me with fabulous people!
Therefore on Tuesday 25th I took ride with my roommate to Columbus, finally leaving Bowling Green for more than 1 day since August!! Kate picked me up at Dairy Queen and we drove over to her place. And the holidays begun! I was treated with (gluten-free) real American breakfast -pancakes with bacon, saw the city of Columbus and even visited the independent movie theater to watch The Theory of Everything (2014).
On Thursday with Kate and her husband Nick, we arrived at her family’s Thanksgiving feast. In a beautiful home, there were many people, lots of delicious food and we spent lovely afternoon there (check pictures!). For the table I baked Slovak cake and it was a success! However we got very full and barely moved the rest of the evening, watched White Christmas to begin the Christmas season and just chilled trying to digest hahaha.
On Friday, Kate got her first tattoo, we drove to Cleveland, Ohio to visit the AMAZING Museum of Art, and at 6pm I was dropped off in Oberlin! With Lujza we spent the evening at belated Thanksgiving dinner at her friends.
On sunny and warm Saturday we walked around Oberlin college, saw an exhibition in the museum, talked in Slovak and ate lots of ice-cream (oops). And suddenly it was Sunday and I had to come back to Bowling Green.
The Thanksgiving break was amazing mostly because of my fantastic friends who invited me to their home and I got to spend some time with them. I even got to see the prettier parts of Ohio!
After the break I felt inspired, relaxed (ready to finish the semester) and there is nothing I would change. A+