Happy Thanksgiving to all from London! We hope you are enjoying the holiday (and holiday weekend), whether with family or friends or solo; for those travelling, good luck with the TSA.
Today was of course a regular business day here, and we’ve both tried to explain the holiday to quizzical Brits this week. I know Astrid used the term “Black Friday” at work and got some odd stares (no, no relation to the Black Plague, we promise!). Thanksgiving is one of our favourites, in large part because there’s no agenda – no presents, no religious implications, no highlighting of a particular person or thing. We are also looking back fondly on our last Thanksgiving in New York, where we hosted both of our families in our small Brooklyn apartment.
Despite the normal schedule, I took the chance to be patriotic (and use up one of the many vacation days that I haven’t put a big dent in this year)…and I gave thanks for public transport (what else?) by exploring the outer reaches of some of the underground lines (well, the above-ground parts) in the northwest. I focused on the Metropolitan Line, which is very interesting – I’ll try to do a separate post about it with some pictures later 🙂
While Astrid did have to go to work, she got to leave early for an interview to be a member of a professional publishing guild (she’s eager to be called Guild Member deRidder), and now she is furiously baking for the pumpkin pie-off taking place at her office tomorrow.
Despite the lack of Thanksgiving, I assure you that everything otherwise feels seasonally appropriate here. Temperatures are hovering around freezing at the moment (and I’m thrilled to have a temperature that can be described universally without using C or F!), which feels quite brutal with the wind and dampness in the air. Christmas decorations are up – they pretty much went up even before Halloween (without Thanksgiving as a point of delineation) in some places, but the “festive season” is now shifting into high gear. There are lots of nice places with white lights in the trees, and Christmas music playing.
We’re thinking of all of you on this American holiday – best wishes to all!