It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is already upon us. This marks the one-year anniversary of my move to the U.S. – and more specifically, San Francisco! In some ways, it feels like I’ve been here forever, and in others, it feels like it was just yesterday that I packed up and moved. It is such a nice time of year in which, even though days start to get shorter and colder (but not extremely cold in The Bay Area), people spend more time with their families and close ones. It is also a nice time in which you can get some quiet time away from the office schedule and relax.
Last year I celebrated it in the house I had just moved to – my roommates threw a party for all their friends and it was all very welcoming. We made food during the entire day and listened to music at night with some of our neighbors. This year, I got to spend the holiday along with my friend’s family in their house across the bridge, which was also super lovely. We had an obviously delicious dinner, played chess and scrabble. It feels nice to be around other people’s families whilst not being able to be close to your own.
This month has also been marked by the beginning of one of the most awaited events for Brazilians: the World Cup. My country gets very competitive about soccer and the WC is serious business for us. Although it is not the main sport people cheer for here in the U.S. a lot of my friends have been following the matches. Also, even though the timezone makes it a bit difficult for us to watch it – as most of the matches are in the morning – we got to watch some of the very exciting matches as they were during the long Thanksgiving weekend.



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