Thursday, November 27, 2008

Five Appliances You Won't Find In A Chinese Household

(1) Clothes dryer

(2) Dish washer

(3) Central air conditioning

(4) Vacuum cleaner

(5) Oven (I'm thinking that this may be why there's no Thanksgiving in China.)

So now you may be thinking, "How does one cook Thanksgiving dinner without an oven?"

One doesn't...One eats a scrumptious dinner provided by the US Embassy for Fulbrighters and their families on Wednesday night and, in our case, hot pot on Thanksgiving night. You order some chicken...some lamb...close enough for this year, since turkey is scarce on Chinese menus.

Did we miss Grampy's turkey, stuffing, and all the trimmings, and Grandma's potatoes, sweet potatoes, and turnips? Of course we did. But part of this trip is for new experiences and part for realizing and developing a new appreciation for all the blessings we have back home. Isn't that what Thanksgiving is all about?



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