Being an Aussie, I have of course heard about Thanksgiving dinners in the United States, but I had never participated in one myself. But last year it just so happened that the day after my Asia tour ended was Thanksgiving. So I had a bit of a non-traditional lunch for Thanksgiving in Hanoi with a couple of American fellow travellers at Joma Café.
Thanksgiving in Hanoi
The Café had a special offering for Thanksgiving Day: a turkey and cranberry sandwich. And being the kind of person who always has to try things once, I decided to give it a go. For my first Thanksgiving turkey meal, it wasn’t too shabby either.
Before our meal we said what we were all thankful for that year, and I had to say I was most thankful for the trip of a lifetime I had just taken with amazing people, who I will remain friends with for a long time. One of the best things about travelling for me is the beautiful people I meet wherever I go. I will never take that for granted.
After lunch I tried some pumpkin pie, which Joma had also put on just for the day. I was slightly petrified of tasting this interesting dessert, but it was surprisingly tasty. As we walked around Hanoi afterwards, I noticed these awesome reindeer in the park beside the lake that I just had to get a photo with. Come on, they are quite cute right?
Although I don’t know a lot about the Thanksgiving holiday (except for the legendary dinners and parade) I think what it stands for is great, and to have a day of reflection about what you are thankful for – well, that is pretty special.