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11/23/2012 11:56:00 AM
Busiahns "Czeching in" on Thanksgiving plans in Eastern Europe

by Betsy Frazier

Dick and Nancy Busiahn have been in the Czech Republic through much of autumn, teaching English to students in a private Lutheran school located in Plzen. They have been keeping in touch with the folks back home via email and Skype.

Since Thanksgiving is a truly American holiday, the Busiahns decided to throw a Thanksgiving feast for their Czech friends. They are sharing a three-bedroom apartment with a teacher and his wife.

Locating a turkey was their first order of business and Dick took on that challenge. One question he had to answer when seeking out the bird, was whether he wanted it with feathers or without. Luckily, one of the pastors in the church they attend, visited a woman who had a neighbor who raised turkeys.

Nancy notes, "It's always who you know, isn't it?"

They expected to get a bird in the 15-20 lb. range, but when it arrived, it was huge, weighing 30-plus pounds. Dick was able to get it stored in their small freezer by taking everything else out.

The apartment oven isn't large either, so wings and maybe drumsticks will be removed so make sure it fits.

The next challenge was finding sage for the stuffing, cranberries, squash and pumpkin for the traditional pies. They were able to locate a British business in Prague that mailed them four cans of pumpkin, some cranberries and a couple of boxes of sage stuffing to mix with the accumulated dried bread. The feast was coming together.

The Busiahns will be entertaining 18-20 guests, including English students and teachers from the school, both pastors from the church, the mission secretary and spouses. Furniture in the apartment has been rearranged and tables and chairs borrowed from neighbors. The dinner will be served on Wednesday evening, Nov. 21, since school will be in session on Thursday.

They are enjoying their time in the Czech Republic. Weekends are free to tour castles and see the local sites. Nancy notes that the country has a colorful history, much of it involving wars, many of them religious in nature.

Dick and Nancy will return to Minnesota in early December.

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