A Holiday Abroad

Happy Belated Thanksgiving everyone! Such a simple holiday, with such a strange origin. Andrew and I have a lot to be thankful this year. We’re living in a beautiful country and we have this opportunity to explore, learn and enjoy this time with each other. We have so many wonderful friends and family who supported us in our move halfway across the world too. I know I lament about the job hunt process, but I am so grateful everyday that I am able to job hunt here. I have all of this time to try new things and relax and yes, stress out about the job search process. While a job is necessary and important, I am fortunate to be able to have the opportunity to elect to move here and try my hand in this new country.

On Thanksgiving my Ultimate Frisbee team won our first game! Woo-hoo! And, in typical day-after-Thanksgiving fashion, we rounded up some thick cut turkey, some mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy and made ourselves a little taste of the Thanksgiving day feast.

And not to be outdone by US traditions, Auckland threw a Santa Parade on Sunday. It may not have been a bona fide Thanksgiving day parade, but it was pretty wacky anyways. I met up with Rose, a friend from Andrew’s work and we enjoyed the sites, sounds and all the fun the city had to offer. There were heaps more people in the city center than I’d seen yet in Auckland and lots of children. I may have mentioned how international the city was, but it was very evident on this day with all of the children chatting away in many different languages. Rose grew up mostly in Australia and we chatted about the differences of parades in our cultures. While parades are pretty common in most cultures, whether they be religious, military or entertainment in nature, Rose suggested the big floats might be an American tradition. I don’t know enough to say one way or another, but I will admit I was a little embarrassed when the McDonald’s float was approaching and the kids around us all stood up and started shouting “McDonalds, McDonalds”. Not to be outdone, I saw several young children and a parade walker dressed as Spongebob dancing to Gangnam Style! Disregarding that he attended my alma mater for a while, that dance is on Korea. There was a latin dancing float, at least four bag pipe groups, a Maori float and so much more! Check out my photos, well, those I got before my camera’s battery died. Word to the wise, Farmers sponsored the parade, a large department store in New Zealand.