Sunday, November 27, 2011

the thirteenth week


The school building, decorated for the holidays.
Sunday, November 20th through Saturday, November 26th

Everyone's been in the holiday mood lately. We made snowflakes to decorate the school building (and I'm proud to say that I was deemed the snowflake expert of the group!). I've also been researching fun holiday things to do in London, like Christmas markets and light displays.

In celebration of the school year ending, went to our Greek teacher Ourania's house for dessert and tea. The desserts were all very good, but I didn't try any tea. She lives just a few minutes away from our school building, by the bus stop, and her husband is an artist. So there were paintings all over the walls, covering everything, and the decor was very Bohemian. It was small but had lots of little rooms coming off the main ones. Very interesting house. Everyone went, including Panos and the other program directors.

And Thursday, of course, was THANKSGIVING! Everyone took part and we had a big pot-luck dinner. Since our apartment has the only oven, there were lots of people coming in and out all morning to cook. Everyone brought something to the dinner, whether they made it on their own or paired up. We ended up with:

- Chocolate-Dipped Banana Slices (my contribution)
- Lentils
- Bread
- Fruit (Pears, Kiwi, Clementines)
- Corn Casserole
- Carrots with Ginger
- Twice-Baked Potatoes
- Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chunks
- Broccoli Salad
- Baked Apples
- Cheese Plate (Feta, Gouda, and another Greek Cheese)
- Brie/Crescent Roll Dip with Apples
- Spiced Wine

And the adults (the program directors, teachers, and their families) brought:
- Turkey (We couldn't believe it! You never see turkey in Greece!)
- Ham with Pineapples
- Stuffing
- Apple Pie
- Pumpkin Pie
- Soda and Water
- Chocolate Bars
- Cranberry Sauce

It was quite a feast! And really not so different in food from the Thanksgiving I'm used to at home. We all had seconds and then lazed around to let our stomachs rest. After that we watched The Nightmare Before Christmas with the group and had a small dinner of leftovers before heading back to the apartment for wine and charades :)

Christmas Tree in the building made of Tim's recycled tea, soda, and water bottles.

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