Thanksgiving has always been a holiday that we both always look forward to every year. The turkey, the stuffing and of course the family time. This was the first year Quinn would not be celebrating Thanksgiving with her family and no one thought that it would have ever been due to her living in Nicaragua.
Because this holiday meant so much to us we knew that we had to have our own celebration. However, this was no ordinary task considering we had no kitchen and no stores that sold any of the Thanksgiving essentials in the town of Masaya. So our goal was to replicate Thanksgiving as best as possible with the resources we had.
We searched online and couldn’t find any restaurants in Masaya that were serving turkey or ham for expats, so we went for the next best thing: Rotisserie Chicken. We first made a stop at Pali to grab some wonderful side dishes. We purchased refried beans, two beers, salad dressing and a few veggies for C$140 ($5.85).
We walked over to the restaurant, set up the plates and had a moment together of being thankful for the food we were about to eat.
It was quite non-traditional eating chicken, salad, rice and beans and yet we couldn’t have been more thankful for what we had in front of us.
It was a special moment that we washed down with a swig of beer.
We ate the whole chicken and reflected on how wonderfully satisfying it was. It was just another day here in Nicaragua to everyone else, this tradition didn’t affect anyone around us at all. However, there was something special about having Thanksgiving in a country, especially a third world country, that made us feel more grateful and thankful for the little things we had than any other Thanksgiving before. There was no Black Friday the next day, no leftovers–Thanksgiving was deliberately celebrated by only us in Masaya and therefore the original core values of the holiday were more focused on and apparent than ever. We were both very thankful for many things here in our lives, the people in our lives in the States and in Nicaragua–especially each other.