November 24th, 2011
This year I am Thankful for the U.S. Ambassador to Swaziland.
For the third year in a row, he invited the entire American community to his house for Thanksgiving dinner. There were around 100 people there: the entire Embassy staff, their families, the PCVs and PC Staff, American students attending Waterford High School (one of the most prestigious High Schools in Africa), and Fulbright scholars.
It was so nice. We had a real Thanksgiving meal with turkey and mash potatoes and pie. It really felt like Thanksgiving even though we are half way around the world.
It also helped that Mbabane decided to throw us some fall like weather and gave us a cool, crisp day. From what I hear between your warm Thanksgiving and my cold Thanksgiving we may have had the same temperature.
I of course I fell into a turkey coma once we got back to our training center and the poor kitchen staff had to store dinner in the fridge because none of us could possible eat another meal.
It was sad to be away from family this Thanksgiving but my Peace Corps family was great company!!
No Black Friday however… oh shem (a siSwati word pronounced shame and used as many forms of expression like wow, whoa, no way, really, too bad).