A Very Hong Kong Thanksgiving

23 Nov

Okay, let me say this first: Hong Kong is gorgeous. It is an island paradise, even wreathed in smog and pollution. I understand now why the British didn’t want to give it back. The weather is warm, you cannot escape the green mountains or the water even in the midst of downtown Hong Kong, and the food is delicious. Maybe all of this praise should be tempered with the reminder that I have spent the last two months in Chengdu, where it is chilly and gray (think Seattle, with more pollution and less coffee or greenery), but I honestly think Hong Kong is pretty damn cool.

Of course, my friend’s aunt had me bake seven pies over the weekend, so there’s that as well.

 

My good friend Amy had invited me down for Thanksgiving in Hong Kong, where the celebration wasn’t so much about American harvest festivals so much as good food and the birthday of Willis Haviland Carrier.  Carrier is famous for inventing the modern air conditioner and that is a very important thing to celebrate in the hot and humid climes of Hong Kong. It may be an island paradise, but AC units make Hong Kong livable.

I didn’t feel homesick at all, thanks to all the manual labor and kitchen minion-ing that Aunt M. put me through. It was exactly like being home for Thanksgiving, down to the cleaning of the silver. So, thanks, Aunt M., for making this Thanksgiving wonderful.

I have a lot of things I’m thankful for: my friends, my family, coffee, chocolate, pies, clear blue sky days, the Chinese government for footing the bill for a year’s worth of study and leisure, and the opportunity to do any and all of this. But mostly, I’m just thankful for another year lived well.

It helps if you live in an island paradise, though.

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3 Responses to “A Very Hong Kong Thanksgiving”

  1. Karen Luksich November 24, 2011 at 5:05 am #

    Great that you’re with friends. Have a good time. We’ll miss you. Just got done making cranberry relish, pumpkin pies and sweet potato casserole for tomorrow. I’ll send pictures.

  2. Trish November 27, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    …And to think we were appalled at 4 pies: 2 pumpkin, 2 chocolate cream. You certainly are dad’s daughter.

    • Jane November 27, 2011 at 7:06 pm #

      Yeah, but we had over fifty people come by for dinner. You had what, ten? Twelve, tops?

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