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Happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends & family!
We celebrated today by having a few people over for dinner – Pierre and Sylvie from Uchimata here in La Rochelle, and Hans, who we met at the Miami boat show during the test sail. Hans is Brazilian, but just happens to be in La Rochelle for a meeting with the factory. His Helia is in the production line right now (number 92)!
For dinner, we had roasted chicken, homemade stove-top stuffing, mashed sweet potatoes, steamed brussel sprouts, pressure cooker cranberry sauce from dried cranberries, and brownies!
Whole turkeys are not available here; neither are cranberries (fresh or frozen), brown sugar, or boxed stuffing mix. So I had to improvise a bit!
Plus, me and the oven had a real argument over the brownies. They’re not great, but a bad brownie is better then no brownie.
David and I told our guests about Thanksgiving and the traditions around it – including the food. Our guests did not show up empty handed either! Pierre and Sylvie brought us a very generous sampling of french food, including butter, cured meats, canned sardines, canned confit de canard, french cookies, and wine! They also gave us two Uchimata shirts! Hans brought us a beautiful towel that his wife Karina embroidered for us, plus some french wine!
This Thanksgiving, I am most thankful for the technology that allows us to keep in touch, even though we are thousands of miles away. I texted some of my friends, and skyped with my parents and my aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandmother today! David had a chat with his parents on the phone too. It’s nice to be out halfway around the world, adventuring and making new friends, while still keeping in such close touch with home.