Greta Jusyte: Thanksgiving and other updates!

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Last Thursday, the exchange students organized a Thanksgiving away from home. It was really great because the Americans at Sciences Po had an opportunity to share a part of their cultural traditions and the non-Americans were able to celebrate Thanksgiving for the first time. We all signed up to bring a particular food or dish to share with the rest of our friends. Unfortunately, instead of turkey, we had to settle for a rotisserie chicken. Nonetheless, we had macaroni and cheese, stuffing, green beans, lots of bread, and a delicious homemade pumpkin pie. One of the exchange students from Brazil volunteered to make the pumpkin pie, which turned out incredible, despite the fact that it was her first time making it.
Then, the day after Thanksgiving, I flew to Milan to visit a friend who was currently working there as a nanny. Her family allowed me to stay there for the weekend and it was really nice to experience a traditional Italian experience. My weekend was filled with pasta, pizza, and gelato. It was absolutely wonderful.
In addition, the Christmas Market opened in Reims a few weekends ago. It is absolutely gorgeous. There are many vendors selling yummy treats and homemade presents. A beautiful Christmas tree is set up at the end of the city square and there’s even an ice skating rink near the train station. Christmas time in Reims is absolutely magical.
Finally, this week is actually a make-up week, the last official week of classes was last week, but most of my classes had been cancelled once during the semester, which meant I have an almost full schedule of classes this week. However, next week is reading week, meaning no classes; since I only have one final during finals week, I am planning on traveling to Budapest this upcoming Sunday. The only thing in the way between central Europe and me is the two papers I have to finish before I leave on Sunday.
Last Thursday, the exchange students organized a Thanksgiving away from home. It was really great because the Americans at Sciences Po had an opportunity to share a part of their cultural traditions and the non-Americans were able to celebrate Thanksgiving for the first time. We all signed up to bring a particular food or dish to share with the rest of our friends. Unfortunately, instead of turkey, we had to settle for a rotisserie chicken. Nonetheless, we had macaroni and cheese, stuffing, green beans, lots of bread, and a delicious homemade pumpkin pie. One of the exchange students from Brazil volunteered to make the pumpkin pie, which turned out incredible, despite the fact that it was her first time making it.
Then, the day after Thanksgiving, I flew to Milan to visit a friend who was currently working there as a nanny. Her family allowed me to stay there for the weekend and it was really nice to experience a traditional Italian experience. My weekend was filled with pasta, pizza, and gelato. It was absolutely wonderful.
In addition, the Christmas Market opened in Reims a few weekends ago. It is absolutely gorgeous. There are many vendors selling yummy treats and homemade presents. A beautiful Christmas tree is set up at the end of the city square and there’s even an ice skating rink near the train station. Christmas time in Reims is absolutely magical.
Finally, this week is actually a make-up week, the last official week of classes was last week, but most of my classes had been cancelled once during the semester, which meant I have an almost full schedule of classes this week. However, next week is reading week, meaning no classes; since I only have one final during finals week, I am planning on traveling to Budapest this upcoming Sunday. The only thing in the way between central Europe and me is the two papers I have to finish before I leave on Sunday.

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