One downfall of studying abroad is not being able to be with family during the holiday season, which makes this time of year a little more difficult not to miss home. I realized recently that Thanksgiving is approaching this coming Thursday, and unfortunately I will not be able to go home and celebrate with any of my family this year. It honestly made me sad to think that my family will be all together (one of the two holidays where this is the case) and I will be missing out on the occasion, but luckily something happened this last weekend that made up for it every single bit.
My family decided to travel to Europe around this time of year to come see me and my new home. Last week they were in Tübingen with me, if you haven’t read the blog post about that visit I highly recommend you check it out. They leave Wednesday to go back home, but my last opportunity to see them was this weekend in Rome and so I flew to Italy to see them one more time for what will be a while. I decided to call this weekend my “Thanksgiving Weekend” in honor of the holiday coming up next week that I will not be able to attend at home.
The weekend was absolutely splendid, I showed them around the city (It was my second time in Rome and so I knew the city pretty well already.), we had the best wine, and I got to have my “Thanksgiving dinner” with my family in Rome.
If someone would have told me in January that me and my family would all be together in Rome by the end of the year I wouldn’t have believed them at all. It was the most unexpected thing to happen but also one of the best memories I’ll have for my study abroad experience. It’s the season of giving thanks and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to have this moment with all them.
My favorite moment of this whole weekend was when we had our official “Thanksgiving Dinner” on the last night together and we tried out a new tradition. My grandmother and my sister collect wine corks and they had a whole cup full of them at the dinner table. I decided that we would take out one at a time and pass the cup around, each time someone pulls out a cork they have to say something they’re thankful for. We had enough that everyone got to go about four times, and it was really heartwarming to hear the love everyone had for each other and the thankfulness of being together. I hope that tradition sticks through time, but either way it was a heartwarming experience that put a smile on my face.
Thanks for a great weekend Mom, Lindsey, Matt, Grandma and Grandpa. I had the best weekend in Rome with you all, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your time in Europe.
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