When I envision something, and have the motivation, magic can happen. I was feeling very homesick and sad once my parents left after visiting me. Sweden was getting very dark early…the sun was beginning to set at 3:30pm. I knew Thanksgiving was coming up, but I didn’t know what it was going to be like or if people would even be into participating. I was completely wrong.

I teamed up with the American clan and we made Friendsgiving happen! Shane made a delicious turkey, stuffing, gravy, candied yams, green bean casserole with the help of his trusty sue-chefs Dani & Adrian; Andrés made a huge pot full of mash potatoes; and I made mac & cheese, lingonberry sauce (with is like cranberry sauce), chicken Texas Road House Rolls with their signature whipped honey butter, my dad’s Caribbean beans & rice, and stayed up till 2am with Zoe to make one pumpkin, two pecan and two apple pies. In total, the whole team prepared for a full 24 hours before Friendsgiving even started. But all the effort was worth it!

Shane masterfully whipping up the food.
Andrés happily  making the mash potatoes (was a long process haha).
Shane carving the turkey for the guest.
Texas Road House Rolls, Mac & Cheese, Green Been Casserole and Stuffing.


All of the food on one plate…unfortunately couldn’t finish it all.
The 5 pies that took 8 hours to make and 1 hour to transport to the party.





It was hard to capture everyone in the pictures, there was just so many people!



At the end, people left happy and full into the cold Swedish night.

Jonas, graciously let all 20+ of us into his apartment. I was worried there wasn’t going to be enough chairs or space, but people managed to fit wherever they found space. In the end, we all ended up sitting down in his kitchen when there was plenty of space in his living room haha. The dinner ended with us all saying what we were thankful for in typical American fashion. I said I was thankful for having way more friends than I thought was possible. I know, very cliché, but it’s true! When I entered Sweden I didn’t know anyone except the people from Iowa State. I had to push past my comfort zone and meet people, throw dinner parties, and make a community for myself. It was one of the best thanksgivings I’ve ever attended and I’m thankful that I can share it with you. Below are pictures of all the festivities.  Till next time!


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