Happy Thanksgiving! Obviously, Thanksgiving is an American holiday and not celebrated in Zimbabwe so I went to work today. It was a very boring day, spent entirely in the office, working on database development. Luckily I think I finally finished it, although I still have to test it to make sure all of the tables are related correctly. The chair I have to sit on is basically a cheap kitchen chair and it is not comfortable to sit in for long periods of time. I would stand up and stretch every 30 minutes or so but by the end of the day I really just wanted to leave. And of course the day never seemed to end. Time goes by very slowly when you are constantly looking at your computer clock.
Since it was a nice day and I hadn’t gotten much exercise during the day, I decided to walk home so I could stop at the carts and buy some bananas. Salome was shocked that I was going to walk that far. “You want to walk all the way to Avondale?!?” In reality, it’s about 2 miles and is completely flat with pretty nice sidewalks all of the way. “Yes, I’m going to walk home. It’s not that far.” Salome shook her head at the crazy white girl. Again, people don’t really exercise here or understand the value of a good walk. I sort of feel like Elizabeth Bennet sometimes. 😉
Sadly, the banana stands didn’t have any good looking fruit today so I’ll have to try again tomorrow. Remember: there’s always money in the banana stand!
I had invited Jake over for Thanksgiving dinner since he’s the only American I know here but he had other plans so I was on my own. I baked the stuffing that I made the night before and made butternut squash soup for the main course. I even treated myself to some wine and ice cream for dessert. It wasn’t Thanksgiving at The Alameda house, that’s for sure, but it wasn’t awful. I talked to my parents on Skype which was nice and talked to Jacob as well. I missed everyone a lot and thought about all of the gatherings going on back home.