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Holiday Travels: First Stop – Dortmund, Germany January 20, 2010

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When I booked my fight to Barcelona this summer, I knew I wasn’t going to make it home for Christmas. At the time, I was fine with it, but as the holidays got closer, I really started to miss home – especially my family and friends. Luckily, I have great friends at EADA who were willing to adopt me and take me home for the holidays. All my friends from Germany constantly raved about how amazing Christmas is in their home country, so I when I was invited to spend the holidays with my friend Mag and her family in Germany, I was beyond excited.

It just so happened that the day we were flying out, there was a huge snow storm and many airports were shut down. Less than a half an hour before we were about to land, our airport was shut down due to poor weather conditions and we were relocated to another airport a few hours outside the city. We were then bussed into Dortmund, which took over six hours. Ironically, we ended up spending in total almost 14 hours to get from BCN to Dortmund – the same amount of time it would have taken me to get to L.A. – ha ha.

My first view of Germany

My first view of Germany

We finally made it to the Christmas market, here we are warming up and sipping on Glühwein (hot spiced red wine).

Dortmund Christmas Market

Dortmund Christmas Market with Alex and Mag

The legendary Christmas market. The streets were filled with gift, food and dessert stands and decked out with holiday decorations.

Dortmund Christmas Market

Dortmund Christmas Market

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Thanksgiving in Barcelona… November 30, 2009

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It was hard to spend Thanksgiving away from my family, but I’m definitely thankful for all the new friends I’ve made here. On Thanksgiving day, I was thinking about my family and friends and missing everyone back home. My mouth would salivate every time I thought about all the delicious food I was missing out on. Luckily, My close friends from EADA decided that we had to bring Thanksgiving to Barcelona since they’ve seen it in the movies and wanted to try the all the delicious food.

I sent everyone a list of typical Thanksgiving dishes along with a Web site with recipes and I volunteered to make my favorite dish, stuffing. I was really nervous since I’ve never cooked it before and I was feeling the pressure since I wanted my friends first Thanksgiving to be memorable. The cutest thing is that everyone took their dish really seriously and since pre-made boxed meals don’t exist here, so we all had to make our dish from scratch. After school we went to the grocery stores in search of the ingredients and spent hours making our dishes. We all got together at a friends house with our dishes, set the table and started to chow down. All the food was amazing and everyone was so proud to share their dish since they put so much time and love into the preparation. The stuffing was definitely a hit, the girls were eery to try it at first since it’s something they’ve never tasted before, but they definitely enjoyed it. The only thing that was missing was a turkey (it’s nearly impossible to find one in Spain), but we substituted a chicken which did the trick. We had everything from mashed potatoes to apple pie and ice cream, we for sure had the full Thanksgiving experience.

I had two friends here visiting from home and we all agreed this was one of the most memorable Thanksgivings we’ve ever had. I can’t stop counting my blessings, I’m thankful for my parents who have given me the opportunity to be here, my family and friends who’ve been more than supportive and for all the new friends I’ve made in Barcelona. I am truly blessed.

Thanksgiving dinner before...

Thanksgiving dinner before...

...and after, we devoured it all!

...and after, we devoured it all!