Yesterday I had the best Thanksgiving dinner I have had in seven years since I left South Carolina and the USA. My mother puts together a great Thanksgiving feast, and I had Thanksgiving dinner there last in 2009. I left the next week on December 1, 2009, and I have not been back yet, so no Mom’s Thanksgiving for me in the last seven years.
I had a Thanksgiving dinner in Playa del Carmen, three years ago I think, at a restaurant. But that is not the same as a good home cooked Thanksgiving turkey and dressing. I really have not had much turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole and all the usual Thanksgiving fixins since I left the USA.
Yesterday, Alan and Nancy, expats here in Mahahual, had a bunch of us expats that live here over yesterday for a good home cooked Thanksgiving dinner. Alan is a great cook, and he put together a great meal with all the fixins. Alan and Nancy have lived here for a while, and Nancy used to run the book store at the Tropicante, but she has retired recently. They have decided to retire, get an RV and cruise the USA and Canada. So they threw a Thanksgiving dinner yesterday, because it may be their last Thanksgiving in Mahahual because their house is up for sale. I went over as soon as the cruise ship left.
Everybody brought something, I was in charge of bread, so I brought a bunch of baguettes from the bakery here. Some expats from Alaska who own several houses here, brought some salmon dip, made with fresh salmon they brought down from Alaska.
Besides the people from Alaska, there were some Canadians, and several people like me, from different parts of the USA. It was a nice mixture of people. That is another great thing I like about living in Mahahual, you always socialize and interact with a wide variety of people from all over the world. I had never sat and talked much to people from Alaska, so this was a first for me, and I learned a lot. I learned you don’t want to eat Moose meat, you can catch up to 400 salmon a year, and things like that. I always have wanted to visit Alaska. I was there as a child once coming back from Japan, but now after hearing about it, I plan on going one day. My parents have been, and they liked it.
I mean, whenever in my life in South Carolina would I have been able to spend Thanksgiving dinner with some Canucks and Alaskans? So I had a good time and enjoyed the experience. I also pigged out on some great food. I ate so much in fact, that I had to throw my bike in the back of Juan’s truck, and he gave me a ride home. I don’t think I could have pedaled the mile and half home.
So everybody ate a lot, had a good time with good conversation. Not bad for a Thanksgiving on the Mexican Caribbean in the middle of what used to be jungle.
Just to throw this out there, if you are looking for a great house in Mahahual, check out their website and information. Their house is a great buy, and comes with everything, even two cars, and a boat.