Friday, November 27, 2009

Gan En Jie

My Chinese tutor taught me the word for Thanksgiving: "Gan En Jie."

I bring you Thanksgiving greetings from Rizhao, China, a seaside city where I am spending the holiday along with all our organization's English teachers from our province. We will be here till Sunday.

Yesterday, my teammates and I walked into a warm, cozy apartment filled with friends and acquaintances (and some new faces), and it almost felt like going home for the holidays. Our big Thanksgiving meal is tomorrow, and all through the apartment building, preparations are going on. Today I've spotted chickens, sweet potatoes, dinner rolls, and pumpkin pies in various stages of readiness. I am also looking forward to a time of worship tomorrow.

Today we did some hiking up a nearby hill, and soon we'll go downstairs for a homemade chili supper. Life is good.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.


  1. Gan En Jie! It sounds like your Thanksgiving meal was going to be deliciously traditional! How was it all? I'm sure just being with your fellow teacher friends was awesome in and of itself. We were thinking of you! The family gathering was very good---from the turkey and gravy to the last bite of pie!
    Love you!

  2. Sounds like the menu we had in Prescott w/the chili before T-givs and then the turkey, etc. After spending 2 of the last 3 Thanksgivings in Asia myself, I know you will have good memories of this one!!