My First Celebration in Bangalore...
29.11.2012 - 29.11.2012
My first week in Bangalore, our loft planned to have a Thanksgiving dinner in order to celebrate the American holiday that had just taken place. So one week after the actual Turkey Day, we had Thanksgiving in Bangalore!
So I took half the day off to slave away in the kitchen and prepare the turkey, sweet potato casserole, and green bean casserole for dinner that evening. Brad did most of the prep work. Nice job, Brad!
Finally, the turkey was done, so we went back to the apartment. (We had to use the CEO's apartment to cook the turkey, because she was the only one with an oven....most Indian apartments don't come with an oven--just a stove.)
So we walked the 5 blocks back to our apartment (with turkey in hand). We must have looked quite strange walking down the traffic-heavy street while carrying a giant bird! When we arrived at the apartment, guess who was there!?!? Jardin came! He came to Bangalore in part to see his family since he was still in the country waiting for his visa to be changed so he could move back to the U.S. and start his new job.
Pompa's roomate, Arjun, my roommate Ratul, and Jardin pose for the camera (along with Siri in the background)
Everyone slaved away in the kitchen to prepare the salads and mashed potatoes, etc.
Our Expat family introduced the Indians and other foreigners to our American tradition: Thanksgiving. In true fashion, we all went around the table and said what we were thankful for. It was really sweet to see all of the foreigners begin to understand this tradition, and it was so great for me, cause it definitely took me back to being at home. The poignant moment of the evening came when Kevin said, "You know expats are like family. You can't choose them, but you have to love them anyways." So true