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Thanksgiving Abroad

by Ariana Speight on November 25, 2018
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Thanksgiving Abroad

Ariana Speight

My name is Ariana Speight, and I am originally from Los Angeles, California, in the United States. I am a junior at Rutgers University–New Brunswick and am majoring in dance.
Thanksgiving Abroad

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On Thanksgiving Day, we had the opportunity to attend the Thanksgiving dinner hosted by RIS, and it was a fun time.

We were grateful to have this event with the holidays approaching and our inability to see our families during the holiday season. Not only were we still invited after the party had begun (we had to show up late after a dance performance), but they also saved us two tables and plates of food with vegetarian options. There was good music and food and a photographer and videographer in every corner. We had a great time and definitely brought the party to the people.

The next day we also had the chance to host our own Friendsgiving, shedding light on the history of Thanksgiving and sharing the stories of Native Americans still living on reservations today.

We continued to celebrate the holiday spirit with friends and homemade food, and discovered that all our friends are master chefs who cooked amazing dishes. I was proud of my veggie meatloaf made with a lentil base, cabbage, carrots, onion, and tomato paste base as the topping. It (almost) tasted like meat! I also made some za’atar rolls with two of my friends. That was my first time making bread and cooking for a group of people (as I’d never cooked a holiday dish before), which added to the excitement of the experience.

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