As a PhD student, I am lucky enough to have the flexibility to take time off that may not normally coincide with a break on the academic calendar. This year, I spent one week (out of my four vacation weeks) in Hong Kong to visit my grandfather and aunt.
Although people in Hong Kong don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, we hosted a dinner with a whole turkey and all – everyone loved the feast and we were able to share a little bit of American history (the real history…). For all the other meals, we were able to bring my grandfather out and about, absorbing his many stories and memories.
Our trip was made extra special because my youngest aunt graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology! A lot of my extended family also flew out to see her, so we were able to all be together near the end of the trip. It was an extremely happy time, as you can see from our fun family portrait.
I wish I could have spent more time in Hong Kong, but maybe I’ll have an opportunity to work there in the future! It would be nice to reconnect with were my parents grew up and spend more time with my grandfather. Until next time!