It’s hard to believe 2017 is just a few weeks away. I’ve already started making travel plans for the new year. Have you? If you need some inspiration to get up and go, here are five more travel quotes guaranteed to make you want to book a ticket somewhere.
This week, things are busy, busy, busy as I prepare to fly to Michigan to spend the holidays with my family. It’s that crazy yet wonderful time of the year. I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone safe travels this season. Thank you for reading.
Your place in the world
Travel is priceless
Power and love
The journey changes you
What is your favorite travel quote? Let me know in the comments below!
In my November recap, I included a travel quote from actress Shirley MacLaine. Since then, I’ve been thinking about other travel quotes which inspire me. Between screenshots saved to my phone and an out-of-control Pinterest board, I have quite a few.
My favorite American holiday is just one week away, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little homesick. Rather than moping (which I’ve already been doing quite a lot of since the election), I’m gearing up to celebrate Thanksgiving in Madrid!
What do you say? Are you in? Here are my recommendations for how to celebrate Thanksgiving in Madrid.
Last year, both of the schools where I taught celebrated Halloween as part of the bilingual curriculum. However, neither school had any mention of Thanksgiving in the course plans. That’s where I stepped in! After a month of teaching British English (occasionally going as far as pronouncing vocabulary words with an English accent), I was more than ready to share something distinctly American. In a short presentation, I told the story of Thanksgiving and described how Americans typically celebrate. Afterward, the whole class traced their hands and made turkeys. Whether with your students, colleagues or non-American friends, don’t pass up this unique opportunity to share your culture and customs.
Eat Thanksgiving dinner
Perhaps what you miss the most about Thanksgiving in the States isn’t friends and family but rather turkey and stuffing. If that’s the case (and no need to feel bad if it is), several restaurants in Madrid celebrate Thanksgiving with special meal deals. Here’s one I’m personally considering:
The Roll: For 35 euros, The Roll (Calle Amaniel, 23) provides a full, traditional Thanksgiving dinner, including a welcoming glass of cava and a glass of wine. For 10 additional euros, you can drink unlimited beer and wine during the meal. Reservations can be made by phone (918 05 79 30) or online.
So, I guess I should just put this out there…I’m a Lions fan. Hey, they’re apparently first in the NFC North right now! Win or lose, watching the Lions play on Thanksgiving (every Thanksgiving) is a huge part of the holiday for me. Time change or not, as part of how I celebrate Thanksgiving in Madrid this year, I’m determined to watch them play the Vikings. I haven’t decided whether I’m going to try to stream the game or watch it at a bar like this one:
James Joyce Irish Pub: For fans of American football, James Joyce Irish Pub (Calle de Alcalá, 59) is one of Madrid’s hidden treasures. NFL games are broadcast live on three big screen televisions. Like The Roll, James Joyce offers a Thanksgiving menu for 27 euros and 50 cents. Reservations are accepted.
Bake a pumpkin pie
I don’t have an oven in my piso, but if you are fortunate to be so blessed, why not use Thanksgiving as an opportunity to test out your culinary skills? If not pumpkin pie, perhaps another holiday classic: green bean casserole, anyone? Taste of America, Madrid’s authentic American market, can help make your food fantasies a reality with its wide range of products and ingredients. Behold: pumpkin pie filling, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce and so much more.
In the end, it doesn’t matter if you pay for a fancy dinner or bake a pumpkin pie. What matters is embracing the most important part of Thanksgiving: gratitude. Say thank you to your colleagues and friends for welcoming you to Spain. Tell your family and friends back home how much you appreciate their support. For all its ups and downs, take a moment to be grateful for your life abroad.
Have you ever celebrated Thanksgiving in Madrid? How about somewhere else abroad? What did you do to celebrate?