This week is of course about Thanksgiving! I had 3 Thanksgiving dinners and 3 stories about Thanksgiving.
The first is in the demo Kitchen in the RPAC. The Indian professor has been offering free vegetarian cooking classes and Thanksgiving dinners there for five years. Every Monday, he will teach the students how to cook while giving lectures. And then all the people will have dinner together and take extra food home. From his experience, I learned that I can choose to be a vegetarian for even one day. This professor is making a change to the world day by day through his words and the food.
The second dinner is provided by Isaac, a young man from the International Friendship Institute (IFI). He has so much enthusiasm about work and about people. He invited as many people as he could, trying to give the international students as much warmth as he can. He also invited his boss, who he has a good relationship with because of his loyalty and hard work. He thanked us for attending the first Thanksgiving he held and invited us to hotpot next time.
The third Thanksgiving dinner was hosted by my host family. They have given me a lot of help since I connected to them through IFI. And a couple from my home church was also there. My host family gives a lot to people who are far away from their own home.
Labor Day weekend is usually a pretty big deal in Columbus. For some, the holiday marks the unofficial end of summer, the day to pack away those white jeans and seersucker shorts until next year. For others, the long weekend is a chance to spend extra time with family and friends, usually around the grill (if the weather cooperates). And this year, of course, Labor Day weekend also marked the return of the Ohio State Football Buckeyes, who started off the season with a 40-20 win over Buffalo. But for me, the best thing about last weekend, and every Labor Day weekend in my recent memory, was the Greek Festival at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in the Short North.
Besides touring the beautiful cathedral, this four-day festival offers guests the opportunity to experience traditional Greek dancing and to hear Greek folk songs as performed by the Hellenic Singers. However, the highlight of the festival, by far, is the food. Whether you want gyros and souvlaki or homemade mousakka, you will find it at the festival- and it will be DELICIOUS! There is even an entire room dedicated to pastries.
This year, the Greek festival was especially memorable because I was able to enjoy it with some of my new SMF classmates, including one student who is actually from Athens and so was able to teach us all a lot about the Greek culture and language. While we were there, we even ran into two of our SMF faculty members and their families, which was great!
Of course, the Greek Festival is not the only festival we have in Columbus. In fact, from April to November, there seems to be at least one every weekend. Check out a list of all of the 2013 festivals here.