I just finished a late-night Thanksgiving dinner that I made for Lithuanian roommates who have never had an American thanksgiving before.  They were very cute this morning, waking me up with a big “Happy Thanksgiving” before thanking each other and me for everything they could think of…

I gave a brief explanation of what the holiday is and how we celebrate it with a lot of different traditions: Macy’s parade, food, family, football, etc.

I skipped off my training today to try to cook them a real turkey and stuffing and corn and mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie and apple pie and gravy meal.  It came out OK.

Turns out that Thanksgiving in the US has a lot in common with Lithuanian Christmas Eve except that their Christmas Eve celebration is more somber and calm occasion.

On the work front, while I’m waiting for things to move in Tokyo or Taipei I’m still looking for good opportunities to get back to Europe.  As things stand right now, however, I am more excited by the opportunities here in Asia.

The challenges to bring modern circus to Taiwan and Tokyo are significant.  These two markets have no real modern theater and/or acrobatic momentum, so while these things are very cool and new, here, it’s a real gamble.

Still, it seems like the right time to take a change: I just finished a nice, 6-month long contract at the World Expo where I made a bit of money and had a great time, and a nice contract in Taipei where I made a lot of contacts.  These contacts encourage me to expand into direction and production as well, two areas where I have a lot to learn, but have good people helping me out every step of the way.

There’s also the opportunity to expand my network into Eastern Europe – the big challenge is to build up enough steam to become self-sufficient.  Right now, I’m barely earning subsistence pay, but the opportunities to travel the world and create shows for audiences from so many different cultures is something I could never give up…

Meeting so many people from so many countries at Expo makes me curious about the possibility of studying political science, but I am afraid that being over thirty soon will put me at a bit of a disadvantage.