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Thanksgiving in Australia

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I'm not sure if you've seen the pictures by now, but we did a full Thanksgiving meal here in Sydney. We invited some of our local friends to come and dine (and some actually showed up) and experience some real American culture. Dawn made an unbelievable turkey. Green bean casserole (with from scratch fried onions), mashed potatoes, and apple pie were all served. Dawn did a fabulous job. The highlight of the entire meal were the BISCUITS! Never had a biscuit tasted so good.

The meal took longer than expected to make, but I think that was primarily because we had to use the smallest oven known to mankind. It is a gas oven (which you have to reach to the back of the oven to light, I now no longer have any arm hair) from an era before electricity. It also didn't help that our kitchen is the size of a small bathroom. When our guests arrived, they were immediately put to work to make the gravy and finish mashing the potatoes. The meal was worth the effort.

Dawn went through a minor hassle to get a turkey. The grocery stores don't stock up on turkeys this time of year in Australia. The butcher was flabbergasted when Dawn asked for a turkey exclaiming "You're the 10th person today, what is going on!?!" After hearing the explanation about American Thanksgiving, the butcher offered to have a fresh one ready on the morning of Thanksgiving but Dawn wimped out and got a frozen turkey instead.

There were four of us total on Thursday evening to celebrate Thanksgiving, and we did all the traditional activities. Everyone went around and said what they were thankful (thanks to my sister's years of insistence I can't get through a Thanksgiving dinner without this tradition), the wishbone was pulled, and we realized we had cooked enough food to feed three times as many present. I ate turkey biscuits for the next two days :).

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News of my biscuits and Dawn's pie traveled fast and we were quickly invited to another Thanksgiving dinner Friday night. This time it was strictly an American affair (7 of us total). The men talked football (American, not Aussie rules) and even ventured into some fantasy football discussions. There were 4 attendees from South Carolina, 2 from North Carolina, and 1 from Alabama. Dinner was held on top of a roof near the Harbor Bridge, so the view was spectacular (you could see the Sydney tower, the opera house, and the bridge). My biscuits were a success (only southerners can really appreciate a good biscuit) and we had a great time.

After eating and socializing past midnight we decided to go out on the town and continue socializing in the many bars in Sydney (we went to the Rocks which was featured in a previous post).

We had a great time with our new friends, but nothing could replace being at home with our families on Thanksgiving. Hope yours was as good as ours!

- Mike

Posted by Mike.Flynn 00:12 Archived in Australia

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