Thanksgiving in Budapest

As Kalamazoo College students put the finishing touches on papers, capped their pens, closed their laptops, and stuffed their dirty laundry into the trunks of their cars to head home for a long winter break and the holiday season, the Americans in Budapest were slaving away in our dorm kitchens preparing the most excellent Thanksgiving meal imaginable.

We had only decided a few days in advance that we wanted to have a huge Thanksgiving celebration and I am still in awe that we pulled it off so well. People in the group laid claim to their family specialties and everyone scoured all over Budapest to find the exact ingredients needed to make our authentic American Thanksgiving. The full menu included two turkeys (about the size of over large chickens), garlic mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, Minnesota hot dish (veggie and rice casserole), sweet potatoes and squash, all sorts of veggies, vegetarian ravioli, bread, apple pie, sweet potato pie, chocolate and pretzel stick turkeys, and I know I’m forgetting some things – but it was all so delicious.

As the night went on, we danced, sang, played instruments brought from home, pulled on our favorite Hungarian digestives – Palinka and Unicum – and went around and said what we were thankful for. My friend and fellow K junior on the program said, “I’m thankful for my acceptance into the BSCS program, because without it I wouldn’t be here with all of you.”

I couldn’t agree more! I am so thankful for the many blessings that my family, Kalamazoo College, and God have bestowed on me on this study abroad experience! Happy Holidays from Budapest! Egészségedre!