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The most American Thanksgiving


My friend at The Three Under first clued me in on a church in the Netherlands holding a Thanksgiving service several months ago. Before I knew it was in English, before I understood why they held it, and before I could figure out how we could get there, I wanted to go.

So we’re going.

In preparation for this short trip, I spent today, Thanksgiving Eve, reading about why this service is held in Leiden, NL every year.

It turns out, the Pilgrims and I have a lot in common. They were also expats, first moving from England to Leiden. Some succeeded, others suffered. While in Leiden they worried about their cultural identity. Even back in the 1600s the Netherlands was quite the liberal country. The Pilgrim children were adapting to the local culture faster than the Pilgrim Fathers were comfortable with. So, they secured funding, packed up, and moved to the New World.

Tomorrow I’ll learn more about the Pilgrims and their time in Leiden via the church service, American Pilgrim museum, and just getting a feel for the town as we explore. I’m calling it the most American Thanksgiving outside of America.

So even though my son’s preschool mates will still be in preschool, though shops will still be open, and though there will be few pumpkin pies baking in a 4000+ mile vicinity, we’re going to celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s a part of our cultural identity. I’m thankful to have the opportunity to learn more about my favorite holiday and eat a Thanksgiving feast with my family and good friends.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!



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Holy Smithereens

I had the pleasure of meeting Jean from Holy Smithereens over a month ago. We had some odd things in common considering she’s a Filipino living in Australia and I’m an American living in Germany. For starters, our moms are from the same city in the Philippines. We also both worked at the same travel company years ago. And it’s safe to say we both have a healthy obsession with travel.

On her blog, Jean writes about adventurous with a more luxurious twist. So while she’s staying a great hotels and eating at restaurants I probably wouldn’t take my specific kids to (if your kids are well-behaved at restaurants, by all means, take them!), she’s also getting dirty with scenic hikes, deep blue dives, and other activities that might not be too stroller-friendly.

She updates her instagram account with photos of her explorations. That’s what I wanted to introduce you to today.

Don’t be shy to find travel inspiration from non-family-travel sources. I guarantee your wallet will not appreciate all the must-dos you’ll find yourself wanting to do.
Finding fun souvenirs in Belgium

Exploring lava caves in Iceland

Seeing snakes in a Penang Market

Enjoying amazing views in Abu Dhabi

Swimming with the sharks in Tahiti

Roaming with the Buffalos in Montana

Recommending shopping in London

Exploring the some islands in the Philippines

Yes, many activities she does aren’t right for my family right now. It’s ok because it’s inspiration I’m filing for a better time. So, if you’re looking for some fun things around the world, be sure to check out Holy Smithereens’ IG Feed.

Also, my friend Farrah over at The Three Under is getting ready to embark on a mama-only adventure with our friend Ace from Life in Dutch. They’re heading to Malta for a few days and luxxing it up. To say I’m jealous is an understatement. To say they’re going to have a great time is an understatement. To say you should check out Farrah’s IG account and, more specifically, #luxmomsgetaway is obvious. I need other people with me cheering on their trip while quietly (or maybe not so quietly?) wishing they were going, too. Have fun you two!

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