I could (and will) write a post about what I loved about Europe that isn’t available in the United States.
But I figured that coming home is a good time to appreciate what make this my home country and some of the little-thing reasons that I enjoy coming home.
- Not paying to use public restrooms
- The general disinterest in sparkling water
- The implicit assumption that asking for water means the free water
- Peaches! Lots of apricot love over there, but where were the peaches?
- Having the confidence to speak in my natural American accent (my accent is… flexible) (I’ll talk about it later)
- Seeing another East Asian face and not knowing that he/she was most likely a tourist
- People not assuming that I am a tourist (… all the time)
- On a similar note, good Chinese food
- Cheaper public transportation
- Cheaper everything
- Not converting prices into euros or pounds sterling or rubles or krones or kronas
- Bread always coming with butter or oil
- Portions so large that I felt almost uncomfortably full. Almost. (I am American, therefore I eat and I eat too much.)
- Not being limited by the number of adapters/converters we brought to charge electronics
This is my list for noooow. I may come back to add more, but I feel like I need to publish before I put it off for half a year. ^^;
It seems like a lot of little, superficial things, but I think it’s often the little things that make you miss home. I am also a bit pre-occupied as I publish this, so maybe something HUGE will hit me later. 😛
What do you miss about your home country when you travel abroad?