My first Thanksgiving in Doha has come and gone. Overall it was great, but it is not the same as Thanksgiving with your family.
I was able to spend Thanksgiving dinner with Timika, Rory and Justin. Timika planned a great meal with all the traditional Thanksgiving dishes. It reminded me how lucky I am to have great friends that I also get to work with (or great colleagues who I also get to be friends with).
Ok, now the highlight of my Thanksgiving. After dinner at Timika’s I headed home to skype with my family! I am so thankful for free technology! It was not like I was there with my family, but it did feel like I wasn’t missing out by not being there. Sarah and Mike are amazing and have made a big effort to include me in things that are going on back home; they send me pictures and updates, and they bring their computer with camera to family gatherings. They set it up so I could Skype with my grandparents, parents, siblings, uncle, and nephew. One of my favorite parts of Skyping with my family was watching my 85 year old grandfather helping my 89 year old grandfather figure out where to sit and look so he could talk to me. It was perfect. I also was so happy to get to see Augie, even if he slept the whole time.
Only a few weeks until I get to see everyone in person.