Thanksgiving Festivities

Thanksgiving weekend was a beautiful time here in Sighisoara. On Friday evening, Veritas hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for all of the RSP students, their host families, and the staff members that they worked with throughout the semester. It was a great opportunity for my host parents to meet my program supervisors, and for them to hear more about the programs that I was involved in all semester. The dinner this year was special because for the first time it was held at and catered by the four-star Central Park Hotel. The hotel owners have ties to Veritas, and they graciously offered their conference room for our special occasion. Events for the evening included a short video and a PowerPoint presentation on the American holiday tradition. For dinner, we enjoyed a creamy potato soup and type of coleslaw salad for starters, and then the traditional food was served – turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green beans, and mashed potatoes! There was so much food, but it did not stop there. Pumpkin pie – my all-time favorite – was served for dessert! I was very pleased with the Thanksgiving meal, and thought that the chefs did an excellent job of preparing the dinner according to the “American Thanksgiving tradition”.

Jill and I with our host parents at the Thanksgiving dinner
Jill and I with our host parents at the Thanksgiving dinner Friday night!

I was surprised that I did not feel very home-sick during this holiday time, but perhaps that was because the week leading up to the Thanksgiving dinner was one of the busiest weeks for me so far this semester. I was able to Skype for an hour with my parents, younger sister, and two dogs on Thanksgiving day, so that was a nice way for me to celebrate with them. =)

All of the the RSP students with our Romanian teacher, Elena, and our program director, Dorothy
All of the RSP students at the Thanksgiving dinner with our Romanian teacher, Elena (far left), and our program director, Dorothy

I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend and were reminded that in all circumstances, no matter how difficult the situations may appear to be at the time, we have so much to be thankful for. =)

~ Marga

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