A VBT Thanksgiving

Last week, many of VBT’s outstanding Trip Leaders made their way from their homes in Italy, Holland, Spain, Slovenia, Hungary and Costa Rica to Vermont. Some of our American Leaders from Maryland, South Carolina, Mississippi and our Leaders right here in our home state joined us as well at VBT Headquarters in Bristol for a VBT Thanksgiving Extravaganza.

Our Trip Leaders share their culture with our travelers on a daily basis. So we decided that there was no better way to welcome our team of Leaders, than by hosting a Vermont Thanksgiving and sharing a bit of our local custom with them.

We were fortunate enough to have a bit of snow, so we seized the opportunity to get out our cross –country skis and cruise along a few trails. The day got off to a brisk beginning, but with a clear blue sky and lots of sunshine we were warm in no time.

Speaking of snow, the dusting that we had was the perfect complement to our American football game. We all had a lot of fun sliding our way up and down the field, but don’t worry—we’ll be sticking to our day jobs, biking, walking and skiing.

Later in the day, we warmed up and worked up an appetite baking pies under the direction of our expert VBT bakers. Each pastry looked great, crowned with a bit of VBT flair, but none of them lasted very long.

That evening, we all came together for a potluck Thanksgiving dinner. The woodstove was roaring in the barn and so were the conversation and the merrymaking. We ate quite a bit of turkey and then moved on to those pies. Finally, we decorated the VBT Christmas tree that our Leaders helped us pick out. Each one of our Leaders added an ornament from their homeland and now the tree is all decked out and sitting in our VBT Barn, so that we have something to remember the event by.

Ultimately, we really appreciated the opportunity to better connect with our amazing Trip leaders and to show them around our home here in Vermont. And judging by the pictures, it looks like they had some fun, too!

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