America, Here I Come!
I have been out of the country (the US) for over a year, 15 months to be precise. I’ve spent all but 3 weeks of that in Africa. That’s a long time. In fact, it’s a personal record that I’m ready to bring to an end. In three days I head back to the States for 3 weeks. I thought I would share with you some of the things I’m looking forward to most because, let’s face it, you probably don’t miss it at all.
That last sentence made this whole blog post feel futile for a moment…
Family. I miss my mom, I’ll just put that out there right now. My mom and my sister are the most important women in the world to me (even if I wasn’t single, they would kill me if I didn’t publicly state this as fact from time to time). I’m looking forward to taking them both out on dates. Definitely at the top of my list.
Friends. Not to be corny but let’s be honest, there are simply people in my life who have been hard to live without. I’m looking forward to some good long conversations (and meeting new additions to families). And possibly a game of 40k to sate my nerdiness.
Food. The third “F” of living abroad. Mexican food first, Pizza Pipeline second, sushi third, and then just pump me full of whatever else is on hand. Strawberries, cheese, steak, cheeseburgers, fountain soda, ranch dressing… I need to stop writing about it before I drool on myself.
MOVIES! I LOVE going to movies in movie theaters. Even though Hollywood has done little more than disappoint over the last decade, I love the movie-going experience. I hope someone takes me to a movie while I’m back because it’s something I miss more than is probably healthy. Granted I have no idea what movies have come out in the last year, but I don’t care.
Youtube. I’ve gone a year without Youtube. It’s obscene how often we say “Just look it up on yout- right…” I don’t even know how to search for videos any more and I’m WAY behind on what the heck is going on in the world. Grouped into this one is the internet as a whole – I’ve forgotten what it’s like to do more than read the news and post one photo to facebook at a time. Just for some context: we have about 1MB of bandwidth to share between 400 people and a hospital.
Traffic Laws. That might sound odd, because it’s a lot of fun to make roads out of whatever surface you find appealing at the time, but I’m looking forward to some semblance of order on the road. That and a lack of potholes/sand dunes in the middle of everything. This might prove boring, so check back in with me later.
Winter. Another one that might sound weird, but I’ve lived in eternal summer for almost 2 years. My internal calendar is already messed up enough as it is by the time warp I live in here on the ship. Not having seasons exacerbates the problem. I just want to wear a coat and see my breath.
Anonymity. I’m ready to go somewhere where I don’t stand out, where people don’t try to get bribes out of me or extort money from me because I’m a foreigner. I’m ready to walk into a store and buy something without haggling for it and eat at a restaurant where they actually have what’s on the menu. All of these things can be a lot of fun and make for good stories, but I could use a break.
I will miss my motorcycle though. Even though riding one in the States will be far less eventful than riding here.
What am I missing? Anything in particular I should be stoked for as I fly back to the good old US of A?