Hometowns: Taipei, Taiwan & Chicago, IL
Thanksgiving. A time for food, and family. To re-start this tradition in Spain, we spent time with our friends and colleagues by hosting a grand styled thanksgiving inside the school of ETSAV. Through some soul searching, we just made traditional American thanksgiving foods. Considering our time and expertise, many made mashed potatoes, including Andreea and I.
To be free on thanksgiving, we had a deadline the day before of a big section model (1:40 scale, equivalent to a 1/4" model) that allowed us to explore the technology available to us from the school. Soon we learned that CNC router and 3D printer mostly caters to professionals and even as students, we would pay professional price. The laser cutter in the school charges 1 euro per minute, yet the woodshop is free to use. This challenged us to work with our hands and explore other options than relying on technology.
Finishing up the deadlines, we looked forward to the delicious turkey that Magali, the program administrator, catered. Some students helped her cook, some made side dishes in their dorm room, and others helped set up the space. There were many faculty invited to the dinner. I hugged them all, wishing them a Happy Thanksgiving.
While it lacked the same homey feel, we celebrated with our friends and ate a lot of delicious food. We realized we have come a long way and had grown very close together. We had strengthened our bonds to each other through the challenges we faced together. Navigating a new city with a different culture had allowed us to rely on each other for advice and comfort.