So I thought I should firstly carry on the tradition and begin with what I’m thankful for.

Firstly i’m thankful for my family, for supporting me in everything I do, not just in my crazy want to travel the world, but for everything they’ve done for me, especially my Mom. She is my rock, I miss her so much and I’m so excited to see her in 2 weeks! I’m thankful for all my friends; home, Uni and everywhere in England. I’m especially thankful for those who have stayed in touch, whether it’s just been the odd comment, or saying you’ve read my blog, skype, phone call, or a drunken snapchat on a weekend, every message has meant so much to me, more than any of you know.

I’m thankful for all my new friends here, both American and International, everyone has been so sweet and welcoming, and I have met some incredible people here, and I know that many of you will be friends for life.

I’m thankful for the series of events that have occurred during my life, that have led me to where I am now and made me who I am today. I am thankful for this incredible opportunity i’ve been given to be here and I’m so very thankful that I get to be here for another 6 months next year! (grinny face.)

Long Island
So for Thanksgiving break I stayed with my friend Liz and her family in Long Island along with our Hawaiin friend Keena. It was really awesome to finally see another part of New York state and get out of Poughkeepsie for a short while, and Long Island is beautiful. Liz took us on a tour of the island showing us where she grew up and went to school, the beaches, some famous people’s houses (Natalie Portman house and the Goo Goo dolls lead singers house) and general area, we got coffee, hung out, ate a ton of reeeallllly good food (nice break from the cafeteria and student meals!) and ate our weight in bagels.

So what else did we get up to?

Thanksgiving Eve
Yep, that’s a thing here! Basically as people don’t have work, school or anything the next day, everyone goes out partying and gets crazy drunk with their friends and family. Kinda like Christmas eve back at home for us Brits! Then everyone’s nice and hungover ready to devour turkey the next day. We met up with Avi for dinner at an Italian Restaurant and then Liz’s friends from High school later on at a bar on the island where I ofcourse, had a few Long Island ice teas.

So thanksgiving was amazing. We had a huge Turkey, ate a ton of food including pumpkin pie and apple pie (sooo good!) and watched a bit of the game. As a Brit it felt pretty similar to Christmas, it’s winter outside, you sit around eating amazing food all day and just veg around watching TV.

With so much to cook Keena and I offered our helping hands in the kitchen and ended up making some goodies; including ‘Britawaii’ mash potato (get it?), stuffing and shrimp cocktail.

This year Hanukkah also fell on the same day as Thanksgiving for the first time since the year 1888 (this won’t happen again for another 70,000 years) And as Liz’s Dad is Jewish we also got to celebrate that. We listened to the girls say the candle blessing in Hebrew and then watched their Dad light the first candle to be placed on the menorah. It was really cool! We’re not exposed to much Judaism in Britain so I felt very honored to be a part of it.

Black Friday
SALE SHOPPING. So we didn’t brave the malls (as people have literally been trampled on to death there before.) So we went to the Americana on Long Island which is a really cute outdoor shopping complex with some amazing stores (mainly stuff that if I sold both kidneys for I still could not afford.) However we went to Urban Outfitters and I ended up spending $100 (woops.) The girls took me for a browse in Tiffany’s too (i’d never been in one before and didn’t really know what it was! *gasp*) We also got lunch at a Japanese restaurant called Benihanas, where they cook the food in front of you and do all sorts of crazy tricks with it (the dude made an onion volcano! – pics below)

So our trip unfortunately has now come to an end, we have finals now and I am literally dying under a pile of homework. Home on the 15th December and i’m mega excited to get back and see everyone. Only home for 2 weeks then i’m back in NYC for New Years Eve eek!

Sam x

Thanksgiving Eve Italian
Keena, Liz, Avi and I
Menorah, Turkey and me cooking!
Black Friday: (clockwise) Urban Outfitters, Chef in Benihanas, Tiffany’s, Tiffany Tree, Black Friday sign, my Urban Outfitters purchases and Xmas lights
More Black Friday: Playing ‘guess the price’ with Keena in J.Crew – Blue sequined skirt was $699 (what?!)
Also a rice heart and Onion volcano at Benihanas
Saturday: Liz’s friend Maggie’s 21st, free shots with the Bartender and me and my Long Island Ice Tea on Thanksgiving Eve!
Clockwise: Natalie Portman’s house, a church, Goo Goo doll’s house and Sea Cliffe Beach

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