When I lived in India last summer I made two posts of lists of things I missed from the US.
Now that I’ve been back in the US for 7 months, it is interesting to go back and read these lists and see what things I have satisfied.
I will copy and paste the list exactly as I had written it months ago in India, and add comments:
- Guglhupf: my favorite bakery/cafe/restaurant back in the US. I haven’t been able to satisfy this one since this restaurant is in Durham, NC, and we flew directly to Portland, OR.
- Extra sharp cheddar cheese (Cabot Extra Sharp too be specific.) I have had extra sharp cheddar cheese, but not Cabot brand since I can’t find it in stores here in Portland. Cabot is still my favorite.
- Quiet sleep. Definitely satisfied this one. The house we live in Portland is so quiet. In India, there is never silence. The first few days when we slept here after coming from India it was shocking how quiet it was, and 7 months later we still appreciate it.
- The trash trucks that pickup your trash every week. (The things we take for granted, right?) Yep. We have these in Portland. Really makes life easier. What’s different from Durham is that they make you recycle. They give you a giant recycling trash can and a small one for the rest.
- Baby spinach. Done. I buy this every time I shop for groceries.
- Berries (strawberries/blueberries/raspberries…) I love berries! I’ve definitely had some, but not enough. The season didn’t start until recently so the prices have been really high.
- Bagels and cream cheese. Oh, man… some stranger [angel] in the grocery shop showed us the best bagels in Portland: Gabriel’s bagels from Gabriel’s Bakery.
- Having a closet. We have a closet but it’s not very big so I still have some stuff I keep in my suitcase, but I’m used to it. It seems that God likes me living off a suitcase 😉 I find myself living off a suitcase wherever I go.
- Kraft Mac & Cheese (who doesn’t love some for a quick comfort dinner every now and then?) We’ve have plenty of it in our return to the US, but recently tried an even yummier (and healthier) brand: Back To Nature Mac & Cheese.
- Parmigiano-Reggiano (I guess the secret is out: I am a cheese lover). I love my parmesan and I’ve also had plenty of it on my return.
- Wine (The ability to find cheap good wine very easily). Check.
- Canned tuna. Check.
- Better chocolate (Cadbury is alright but I am spoiled with Lindt Sea Salt Dark Chocolate which I could find easily in the US). Check! I have to have some at the house at all times.
- A better camera (We had to give up our DSLR before coming to India, and for now, I am stuck with my phone and a used point and shoot). I’m still waiting to check this one out. I’ve got my eye on a couple cameras I’d love to buy, but haven’t had enough funds to splurge on a camera.
- Our reclining sofa where we used to catch up on shows and snuggle with Simba and Cubby, the best cats ever. This one we’ll never have again. We sold our sofa and we found a new home for Simba when we left for India. I still miss him.
- House tenant bugs. We’ve had plenty of ants to deal with but the bug situation is a million times better here than in our home in India.
- My cats. Like mentioned, they went to a new home before leaving to India.
- Avocado. Also have had plenty of avocado, but I wish I could buy more. It’s easily available but not necessarily cheap.
- Cleanliness. I feel like I’ve become a clean-freak over the last few years. I constantly clean. I like a clean house.
- Privacy. We can get plenty of it here. It was ridiculous in India.
- American grocery stores. Check.
- Washer and dryer. I really missed this in India. Doing your own laundry by hand is really hard work!
- Movie theaters. Check, check! I love movies and going to the movie theater.
- Dance class. Nope. Haven’t danced since May 2013. 🙁 (Unless doing pirouettes in the kitchen counts)
- Comfortable desk chair. Check.
- Western toilet. Check with much relief. We had an Eastern toilet in our house in India. You know, those “squat toilets” that are holes on the floor.
- American roads. Check. Compared to India they’re so much better, but I’m still not a fan of going out driving, and Portland roads are way confusing.