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Monday, October 13, 2014

Canadian Thanksgiving in Costa Rica

October 13, 2014, is Thanksgiving in Canada. Here in Costa Rica, it is just Monday.

Some expats will get together to try to recreate the holidays from their home land. It can be a challenge. Turkeys are not very common here, although once I saw a beautiful tom turkey, turkey hen and chicks running free just outside Atenas. This was the lovely old style tom, with the beautiful feathers and big fan tail. So different from today's sad commercial turkeys that can't stand up because their breasts are too big, because everyone wants to eat turkey breast meat.

You can buy frozen Butterball turkeys in places like PriceSmart but they are quite pricey because they are imported. Imported canned pumpkin puree can also be bought, for a price. I once made a pseudo-pumpkin pie here using canned pejibayes, the fruit of a palm tree species. It tasted pretty good.

So, for our Costa Rican Thanksgiving, we are having sea bass tacos - one of my favorites.

We are at the height of the rainy season now. I've been doing small laundry loads for the last three days, first thing in the morning. I try to get everything out on the line when there is still sun and hopefully wind. All went well until today, when the rain started falling before I expected it. We pulled everything off the line, getting wet in the meantime, and have hung a lot of clothes in the house - over chairs, from hangers, door frames. It is all part of the experience of living in a tropical country.

Although it does not feel very tropical right now. I've been wearing jeans and a long sleeved shirt most of the day. Lance just now put on a t-shirt under a long sleeved shirt to try to keep warm. It will be nice to fall asleep tonight with the sound of tropical rain falling.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends and family!

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