Today I am thankful for new beginnings in familiar places.
For open-air markets and traveling on foot.
For comfy seats on a taxi-brousse.
For friends with smiling faces and warm welcomes.
For shared meals and laughter.
For rain that cools off the hot weather.
For running water.
For improvised Thanksgiving dinners and mashed potatoes and green beans and jelly cake that tastes just enough like apples that it could almost be apple pie.
For the power coming back on just a couple minutes after going out.
For Skype calls with family back home.
For beautiful scenery.
For happy tears.
For running into friends on the walk home.
For the opportunity to live in a place where it's possible to speak three languages every single day.
For the chance to travel to new countries.
For unexpected blessings and adventures.
For coming home.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.