In this podcast, Kathleen and Lief share their experiences of celebrating Thanksgiving while living overseas. See how Thanksgiving changes from country to country.
Kathleen and Lief have celebrated Thanksgiving in several countries and the experiences have been different in each:
4:03 – Ireland: when Kathleen and Lief lived in Ireland, there were no shortcuts. A live turkey had to be bought and prepared, including plucking its feathers.
5:00 – France: unlike in Ireland, there are some shortcuts in Paris. There are some stores available that sell traditional American food, and now there’s even an online store. For the turkey, some butchers will prepare and cook the turkey for you. This is great because kitchens in Paris can be very small, so small that a turkey won’t fit in the oven. In short, it is possible to get everything you need for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in Paris.
8:52 – Panama: everything that you could want for Thanksgiving you’ll be able to find in Panama. The supermarket Riba-Smith imports everything from the United States and some things such as turkey or ingredients for pies are available year-round.
Although this year the Thanksgiving dinner will be small due to the current state of the world, this shouldn’t take away the real meaning of the holiday. Thanksgiving is a time to focus and enjoy the time of closeness with family and loved ones.
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