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The rest of Thanksgiving

Posted on: November 26, 2010

After I finished my last post, I was getting ready to leave for Kiersten’s host family’s house when I realized I forgot the leggings I thought I brought! I wanted to wear a new dress, but I couldn’t with no leggings.  We needed a plan of action.  Kiersten and I booked it to the mall so I could buy some.  We left around 8:05 and we were supposed to be at her host family’s at 8:30, but Kiersten said it was okay if we were late.  She told her family to meet us at the main entrance at 8:20.  We went back to H&M so Kiersten could exchange her dress and see if I could find tights there (if not, there was a specialty store downstairs that had all kinds of them).  We  hurried through H&M picking up every pair of tights we saw.  Kiersten brought me some while I was in line and I picked one, paid for it, and we rushed back to the center of the mall.  We found her family and were about to leave when we realized I forgot to put the tights on! There were no bathrooms in sight.  Kiersten and I headed to what we thought was an alcove or dead end or something for me to change behind. It was not! There was an escalator and a restaurant! This would have to do! Kiersten stood in front of me and told me to put them on! I was taking my boots and socks off when a security guard wandered over. We tried to act natural, but he just laughed and walked away. I returned to scrunching up the tights to put them on.  People were coming down the escalators and luckily there were only a few people in the restaurant.  I was going as fast as I could and once I was just about to put my socks back on, Kiersten looked up and spotted secruity cameras! Someone else got a kick out of that too. Crazy Americans.

We scurried over to her host family’s house for dinner after that.  Kiersten, Kelly, and Mrs. T. had vegetable paella.  Mr. T and I had seafood paella. It was a lovely dinner.  Karen, Kiersten’s roommate from DePaul, brought her sister, nephew, and mom who had flown in the day before.  We had tiramisu and caramels that Karen’s family brought for dessert.  It was difficult to hear and understand everyone at the table, but we did our best.  Karen and Kiersten did a lot of translating.  We had wine with dinner and champagne with dessert.  Karen’s family left shortly after dessert since they are only here for a few days and are going to Salamanca today.  We stayed until around 2 am talking, playing the guitar, and laughing.  Kiersten’s host family sang traditional Spanish songs and played flamenco music.  We sang row, row, row your boat!  It was a very nontraditional Thanksgiving, but it was fun!


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  • BFF: LOVE this post. The third picture is my favorite and really resonates with me. Instead of comparing our lives to those of others, we should be immense
  • Cindy Friesen: Im so glad you are having fun! I cant wait to see pictures! Have you had a Paini yet or a Crepe?! How about Tapas and Paella? Or Sangria!!!! Are you g
  • Kiersten Trillhaase: You can have this AND a Mastiff or Great Dane, but you cannot choose it over the other dogs- I will not let you. P.S. Love the post about skyping


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