Editor’s Note: This article, originally published in November 2012, was updated on November 2, 2017 to include three more languages and make other appropriate changes.
Grateful for the priceless gift of travel
I love Thanksgiving! I always bake my famous (in some circles) pumpkin pie, indulge in turkey with all the trimmings, watch some football, work on a seasonal jigsaw puzzle, and think about how grateful I am for friends, family and travel. I’d like to highlight some of the places I’ve visited that have me giving thanks for the priceless gift of travel.
Giving Thanks in 10 Languages
Thank you, Germany, for amazing walks through history and my wonderful Christmas market experiences in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, and Lubeck.
Děkuji, Česká Republika
Thank you, Czech Republic, for Kafka, castles, the Vltava River, and goulash. I was able to check off a big one from my must-see list when I first visited Prague several years ago.
Thank you, Spain, for a glimpse of authentic Spanish culture, world-class museums, art and architecture in beautiful Madrid.
Buíochas a ghabháil leat, Éire
Thank you, Ireland, for warm people, villages where my ancestors lived, lush landscapes, the craic (conversation), Guinness and the Blarney Stone.
Dank je, Nederland
Thank you, Netherlands, for Amsterdam’s bikes and boats, honoring the story of Anne Frank at Anne Frank House, and your countryside fields of flowers.
And finally, in my native language…. thank you, USA
Thank you, USA, for 50 states to explore by plane, train and automobile through deserts, mountains, plains, and cities. I am thankful that you are my home.
Looking to the future, I’m grateful for the travel opportunities ahead. Thank you, my readers from all over the world for following along!