Lots.

it’s come to my attention that 1) I still have a blog and 2) I have been terrible at updating it, especially with so many beautiful  things going on!

I came back from Lecce, which was depressing. here are some more [mostly food] photos to make you hungry/jealous/book the next flight to Italy

…but seriously:

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rustica

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businessmen dinner stance

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tagliatelle

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caprese

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group in the sun

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group work

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axon view

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section view

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last lunch, con sartu de riso

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finally caught a shot of this amazing villa from the bus

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farewell dinner.

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hotel tiziano breakfast box

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BDG > LIN

LIN > CDG

CDG > EDI

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ciao Brindisi!

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Milano

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en route a Paris.

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landing at EDI

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back in rainy Glasgow…

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…where this is a normal grocery store occurrence

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and it snows when it’s sunny

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freaky freaky party at art school

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trying to maintain my Italian espresso levels

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woodlands weekend stretches

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then spring arrived!

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and then I had lovely visitors and we had brunch at stravaigin

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and walked around U of Glasgow

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and on a highlands road trip

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Loch Lomond

(please see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzQ1pNfbe3Q)

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Kings House Hotel for lunch, Glencoe

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and we met some beautiful new friends

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siblings in scotland!

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three sisters of Glencoe

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we went on a trek to the southside to find highland coos

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and we went to Edinburgh

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and had afternoon tea at the Balmoral Hotel

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and then Glasgow got super sunny and springy and gorgeous and everyone went outside

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favorite tea spot, tchai-ovna

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vic at night

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sunday roast at the butchershop, complete with yorkshire pudding

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gelato for a west end stroll

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Glasgow botanic garden

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Living the good life.

I am currently in Lecce, Italy until February 20th (more on that later) but haven’t updated in a while and have some photos of Glasgow prior to my trip:

Burns night supper and ceilidh at GSA with haggis, neeps and tatties (for reference: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burns_night)

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Now back to Italy. After 3 flights (Edinburg>Paris>Rome>Brindisi) last Sunday, I arrived here in Lecce. I am participating in an intensive program in Climate and Sustainability in Urban Environments, which is completely funded by the EU. Honestly, the journey was exhausting but Lecce is a beautiful city and they have been feeding us like royalty with incredible food and wine so I can’t complain.

Edinburg>Paris

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Can you spot the windmills?

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Paris>Rome

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The sun was so bright and began to cast this yellowish tint on the water – never seen anything like it from the air

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Rome>Brindisi

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Made it.

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First dinner at the hotel : maccherioncini

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Lecce (not as warm as it looks..snowed the first day!)

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Universita del Salento

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Stumbled upon this cool antique market

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Breakfast room at the hotel

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Pasticciotti leccesi con espresso – pasticciotti are a local treat only made in Lecce – crisp yet very delicate crust filled with warm vanilla custard – amazing!

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Roof of the school (used to be a monastery!)

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This is a Roman amphitheater where animals used to fight (no gladiators in Lecce) and it held over 10,000 people. It was buried until it was discovered in the 1930s but half of it remains buried because they wouldn’t demolish the church that was built on top of it.

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Paper mâché is one of the local crafts of Lecce

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Santa Croce (I think)

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Napoleon pizza – love this oven setup

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Cappuccino con biscotti

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Site visit

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Privately owned stone quarry (no longer in use, obviously)

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Amazing Greek dinner

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Believe it or not, we actually do some things not related to food

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…then we get back to the food.

The restaurant at our hotel is delicious.

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Orchiette con pomodori

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Pollo

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Gelato

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Yesterday we had an incredible day trip. We first went to Gallipoli on the west coast of Salento (the region of Italy we are in), on the Ionian Sea and also to Otrantro on the east coast on the Adriatic.

Eating sea urchins at the fish market in Gallipoli

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The local stone of Gallipoli is very unique and is made partially of crushed shells

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Ionian Sea – it really is that blue, no photoshop needed!

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Driving to Otranto

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Thermal baths on the Adriatic (closed for the season)

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Then we had a four-course lunch on a farm where all the cheese/vegetables/meat is grown/made. Amazing.

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Appetizers

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Chickpeas & chicory

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Maccheroni

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Pork & potatoes

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Cake with fruit

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After the epic meal, we got off the bus on the side of the highway to check out another abandoned quarry – the color of the water in these photos barely does it justice

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Finally arrived in Otranto

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We had dinner last night at our hotel, and even ended up at a carnivale party (conveniently also in our hotel)

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Today was a much needed lazy day around Lecce

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Arancino (rice ball) and espresso with almond milk

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View from the hotel, (light) dinner at the hotel

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As with other trips, I’ve gotten a lot of heat and jokes this week for my excessive photo-taking but I just can’t help it that everything is so beautiful and photogenic! It took me about four days to put this update together…time to mentally prepare myself (and my stomach) for week number two..

41 hours in Dublin

This weekend, I went to Dublin with my friend from school because we had a VIP hookup for the hottest ticket in town, vh1 storytellers with Ed Sheeran at Whelan’s.

Even the immigration agent who stamped my passport knew about the concert:

“How long are you staying in Ireland, Anastasia?”

“Until Monday morning.”

“And why are you here?”

“I’m going to a concert.”

“Oh, so you’re going to go see Ed Sheeran, huh?”

“Actually, yes I am.”

“Ok then, have fun.”

Stamp.

One of the best things about being abroad is that it is super cheap to travel to many other places, including Ireland. Our flight was £19 round trip – about $30.

The concert was awesome and we had the next day to explore the city, although it seemed like many things were closed since it was Sunday. All in all, we had a good time and some delicious food so it was a success.

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Door to our room at the hostel…not going to lie, this concerned me a bit

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Amazing dinner at The Hairy Lemon: Guinness, Irish stew with brown bread and baked potato, bread and butter pudding

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Me and Teresa

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Me and Paige

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Post show

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Next morning

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Trinity College

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Turner at the National Gallery

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Steak pie, mashed potatoes and mushy peas

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7am..may as well be 7pm

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Back to GLA

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so many things.

Okay okay okay…I’ve been back in Glasgow for almost three weeks now and am starting to get a bit of heat for my lack of updates – but I have been busy!

I was in the states for two super-packed weeks filled with lots of visits, wonderful people and delicious food. I got back to Glasgow on New Years Eve which was a bit of a blur…I hadn’t slept much on my flights back, and only took an hour nap before going out with friends for a delicious thai dinner and to a pub with a live band for midnight…came back to the flat around 12:30am, and slept until 3pm the next day! Very disorienting.

On the 2nd, we went to Edinburgh to catch the last bits of the Christmas market, and I spent the next few days after that in complete hibernation, working on my school papers which were due the 5th. On the 6th, my brother John came to visit (as my first official visitor!) so I played tour guide for a few days, but also developed a horrific cough which is finally beginning to fade.

On Friday, we had our first major snowfall in Glasgow (about two inches), which has made roads and sidewalks very slick and slushy, as people don’t seem to shovel much..

This week = getting back into school work and a few days in Dublin next weekend!

And now, some (a lot of) photos.

 

 

last few days in Glasgow before Christmas – packing for home with all the essentials:

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struggling at Heathrow

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flying over the Jersey shore

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back in South Jersey!

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and off to New York…found a snack at Penn Station

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highline at night

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dinner with Parsons family, Pepe Giallo

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with Lily, Kendall & Mandissa

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back home again

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making fresh ricotta with Dad

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shopping with Mom

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new record this year:

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gifts wrapped in recycled GSA posters

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the best family photo in a long while, Christmas day

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my shimmer-loving twin Azure

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craving this now

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Amy’s, day after Christmas

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sibling cosmic bowling

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Azure’s engagement party

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holiday broskis

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Pennsylvania Ballet Nutcracker, great seats!

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brothers with bagels

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NYE dinner, Thai Orchid

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Edinburgh

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most amazing-smelling booth at the Christmas market

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back in Glasgow

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Hidden Lane

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Hidden Lane Tearoom, post-submission refreshment

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rainbow over West End

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top of the Lighthouse

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Bin Lorry memorial (for reference http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-30580114)

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Glasgow Cathedral

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Drygate Brewery

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Highlands daytrip – one of the best days in Scotland so far

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feeding wild deer

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Three sisters

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feeding Highland coos

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skies cleared for Urquhart castle at Loch Ness

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woke up to this on the way back from Inverness

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fish and chips and haggis in Pitlochry

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Glasgow southside

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Pollockshields park

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can you spot the coos?

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Burrell collection

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Stravaigin finale

 

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Je suis Charlie, Buchanan street

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tea for the cough at Tchai Ovna

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authentic Spanish tapas

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hard to tell but sunny, cloudless and snowing

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#festive

I’ve been busy with several deadlines this week and have been trying to get all of my holiday errands done before I leave for the US on Monday morning!

Holiday studio dinner, GSA Christmas “Inferno” ball, wild weather…ending of term 1…

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Glasgow style

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primary school singing at John Lewis

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probably the biggest sweet potato in the UK

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studio improvements

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vocabulary lesson

OTD : “on the door” (as in, tickets available at the door)

ned : non-educated drunk

tatties : potatoes (cooked, not just loose potatoes at the grocery store)

neeps : mashed turnips

ehm : umm (like what you would say in between words/thoughts)

rasher : thick slice of bacon (but also the only kind of bacon)

crisps : potato chips

chips : French fries

till : cash register

trolley : shopping cart

bin : trash can

jumper : sweater

biscuit : cookie

quid : pound (£…like saying a buck)

tenner : £10 bill

fiver : £5 bill

kitchen roll : paper towels

hamper : either a laundry hamper or a gift basket

trainers : sneakers

To be continued..

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Christmas market at night, dinner at Carluccio’s, brunch at school, GSA Christmas concert

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(No thanks)

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Glasgow Thanksgiving

Of course I am a few days late with this post but to be fair I am still stuffing myself with plenty of leftovers and therefore, still in Thanksgiving-mode.

While it was hard to not be at home on Thanksgiving for my first time ever, we hosted a delicious feast for 25ish of our friends last Saturday which, I have to say, was a complete success. I spent the last few weeks gathering and sourcing all of the ingredients that I would need so we had all of the traditional favorites (although, since only 2 of our guests were American, no one would have known the difference)

– turkey (crown, not a full bird) with gravy
– mashed potatoes
– sweet potatoes
– green bean casserole
– cornbread stuffing with apples
– homemade cranberry sauce
– homemade pumpkin pie (with homemade crust)

– additional appetizers and desserts from friends

The biggest challenge was dealing with our convection oven – apparently these are supposed to cook faster and more evenly but it takes literally 2-3x as long to cook anything (plus it’s in Celsius…) I had one in my school apartment in New York and could never get it to cook properly either, so I’m really not sure what the big deal is and I am not a fan.

But anyway – some friends came over the day before to help with the pies and miscellaneous chopping, which was a big help! I also finally bought a microwave last week so that was great for some last minute reheating. None of my international friends had ever eaten a proper thanksgiving so they were all impressed and I was so happy to share our most delicious holiday with them!

My thanksgiving options at Tesco…no thanks

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(After my grocery delivery arrived with the turkey!)

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Party prep

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Took me a LONG time to make sure the turkey was done! Dumb oven.

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Plus so many pies.

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Happy friends

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Happy hostess

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Some more beautiful things…

GSA shop at Christmas

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Reid lobby at Christmas

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George Square at Christmas

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Happy plants

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Ceilidh fundraiser at school last night

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Tea and frangipane for studio

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Next week is the last full week of the term so this week = paper writing + presentation prep + hopefully some Christmassy things