For the first time this year, I’m spending Canadian thanksgiving away from home. I might not be in Canada to celebrate this holiday, but I’m definitely celebrating in spirit. I have more than ever to be thankful for this year. Even if I’m not eating turkey and pumpkin pie while sitting at the kid’s table at family dinner, it’s so important to me to take time on this day to reflect on the past year & just be grateful for all of the blessings in my life and around me. (side note: to all of my family members reading this, next thanksgiving I expect to be upgraded to the adult table please & thanks)

Here are some of the things that I’m extra grateful for this year!

1. New friends.

Over these past two months in Norway, I’ve been so lucky to have met (and to be meeting) so many wonderful people. I’ve made more new friends than I can count, from both this wonderful country that’s slowly becoming home to me as well as from countries all over the world. It’s crazy to think that only 61 days ago I didn’t know most of the people that have become my closest friends.

2. The first two months spent in my home for the year.

I’ve had so many moments of self discovery, fear, and pure happiness over the past two months. I’m thankful for all of the good and all of the bad that comes along with this experience. It’s a scary, freeing, and amazing feeling to be out in the world all by yourself. Already I’m seeing that going on exchange is the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. I feel so lucky to still have 9 more months of this ahead of me.

3. Norwegian food.

My motto while in Norway is “if you can’t get it in Canada, eat it & eat as much of it as you possibly can whilst still being able to do up the top button of your pants”. Norway isn’t really known for their cuisine, but maybe it’s just because you can’t really count Norwegian chocolate and bolle as cuisine.

At the end of my first month in Norway, I tried Norway’s pride and joy, their most prized possession: brunøst, a brown, weird, creamy cheese made from goat’s milk. Since my one life goal is to become as close to Norwegian as I can despite the fact that I wasn’t born with skis on my feet, after that first encounter with brown cheese I tried introducing it into my diet more and more. I can now proudly say that I voluntarily eat brunøst and jam on my toast every morning, and that i even look forward to starting my day with it.

4. Fall weather.

I know it’s cliché, but when you live in (arguably) the most beautiful country in the world, your appreciation for fall grows so much more. This past week, I’ve had the opportunity to stay at a cabin in the mountains & have witnessed fall in Norway- in the rain, in the sunshine, and from the top of a mountain (where I cried)(not from the beauty, but that’s besides the point).

5. My support system back home.

As much as I try to be as immersed here in Norway as possible, staying in touch with the ones I love back home is very important for me as well. Even though I doubt my little sister will ever love me as much as I love her, I live for our FaceTime calls that usually start with me (unconvincingly) asking her to get off the Netflix account and end an hour later after we’ve filled eachother in on the latest gossip.

Happy thanksgiving once again!! hope you all eat your fair share of turkey & pumpkin pie today, as well as a little extra in honour of me.

Until next time,


4 thoughts on “thanksgiving🍂

  1. Um…you should know that you have many, many cousins in line to be upgraded. Get in line kid. However we have set you a seat at the kids table today. We love you and miss you.


  2. We all missed you. You seem to be having a great time. Once in a life time experience. Enjoy every minute. Love from Jack and Marilyn. 💝💞


  3. Happy Thanksgiving Lauren! Don’t worry your brother wasn’t there. He’s upgraded to a new house. But we did miss you all. There was a lot of pumpkin pie and desserts as usual. I just want you to know that I sat at the children’s table, happily!

    I’m really proud that you’re trying new things. Sometimes it takes a bit awful in the beginning but you do get used to it. I’m glad you’re getting the most experience out of this experience! Don’t ever regret trying new things.

    Love the pictures. Keep them coming. Once again, Happy Thanksgiving!


  4. I agree with Tara- I think we still end up at the kids table too so get in line 😉 Glad your enjoying your time there and if you have Home sick days- remember it’s normal- but the year will fly you by and you will look back at it being one of the most incredible self discovering years of your life. Happy Thanksgiving 🦃🍁


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