Blessings are easily taken for granted. As we prepare to celebrate our 2nd Thanksgiving in Central Asia, here are some things that we are grateful for:
- Coffee. When we were preparing to move here, we were warned that coffee was non-existent. However, the coffee industry is growing and coffee shops are everywhere.
- Friends at coffee shops. We study a lot in coffee shops and this has given us a lot of opportunities to make local friends.
- Walking. Even though we live in a bigger city, there are a lot of places that I can easily get to by walking. I love walking for exercise but also for the things which I am able to learn on the way.
- Ingredients. Even though I have to import major things like vanilla and adobo chilis, a lot of ingredients can be found, even if not in the normal places you would expect.
Everyone, strangers included, want to help. Whether that is finding a taxi, carrying something heavy or translating someone, we are never without the help that we need.
- Electricity. There are many places in Central Asia without regular or reliable electricity. While ours does get shut off occasionally, I can depend on having it more often than not.
- New Year. They celebrate New Year’s like Christmas here, so even though it is a week late, I can still enjoy the Holiday Spirit.
- Produce. As long as it is in season, produce is cheap!
- My freezer. For the times when produce isn’t in season, I love having my deep freeze.
It is hot in the summer. Leaves fall in the autumn. Rain comes in the spring, and it occasionally snows in the winter.
Lesson Learned: Be grateful for what you have and where you are. We have more than we deserve.