Friday, April 15, 2011

What I miss from home: Part 1

I've been thinking a lot lately about the things I really miss from home. This is partially due to having to miss one of my best friends from law school's wedding last Saturday.  We'll call this post the "bitching and moaning that I'm not in the U.S." post. I do like it here, but everyone gets homesick, don't they?

Here's a list. While not exhaustive, it's a good start. I'm breaking it into categories because, well, food is important and is probably most of it. Deal with it.

Food:
  • Mexican food - last time I had it in Mendoza, I got food poisoning.
  • Queso (you know, Velveeta + Rotel), although we did have it once already here. It's still rare.
  • VARIETY (i.e. anything other than steak, pizza, salad, and tartas). 
  • Indian food
  • Seedless grapes
  • Spicy things
  • American-style bacon
  • Thai food (although I haven't tried Wasana yet)

Culture:
  • Being able to order food for delivery without having a panic attack and psyching myself out of it
  • Not waiting in line for over 30 minutes at the supermarket 10-items-or-less lane
  • Actually using the little conveyor belt at the checkout, rather than moving it all manually and having the cashier give you a dirty look
  • Not having to walk everywhere or take a cab
  • Eating before 10pm and being considered normal
  • SPEAKING ENGLISH - I'm making a serious effort to speak only Spanish all the time with strangers, and it is seriously tiring. It is really helping my Spanish, though!
  • Men with good haircuts
  • Ethnic diversity
  • Laws that say you need to pick up after your dog
  • Giving someone a $20 bill and not being constantly asked if I have any smaller bills.
Other:
  • My friends and family from home
  • My boyfriend (sorry babe - you're just as important as friends and family but I wanted to give you a shout-out!)
  • My car
  • Turning on the hot water and having it be hot right away, rather than 5 minutes later
  • Not being bitten by mosquitoes nearly daily
  • Not almost slipping on the sidewalk because it's made of tile and not concrete or brick/stone
I know I'll think of more later. But before that, I should probably post about what I love about Argentina, no?

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