I love traveling.
But there are just some things about being in the United States that I love.
Don’t think of this post as a complaint about other countries. It’s just a praise of the country that I live in!
After being in Europe for two weeks, these are the top five things that I am most excited about coming home to.
5. Bathrooms that are large enough to turn around in- Before you start shaking your head at me and thinking that I’m spoiled, know that I have never had what would be considered a large bathroom. In fact, the bathroom that we have right now would be considered small by American standards, but you can turn around it and it has a door. Perfection.
4. Grocery Stores with EVERYTHING- I’m not a huge fan of eating out for every single meal, but grocery shopping while traveling internationally is tricky. The little grocery stores usually have only processed items and finding the times and places of the markets isn’t always easy. For example, there were quite a few markets in Paris, but we would have had to sacrifice visiting Versailles or had to delay our early arrival at Notre Dame in order to visit one. It just wasn’t worth it.
3. Not having to worry about pickpockets- As much as I hate to admit it, there were a few times on our trip when the best option was to wear our backpacks backwards in order to make sure that everything was safe. Sigh, we were those tourists.
2. Being able to easily communicate with people- There were many times that I wanted to give compliments (so many lovely shoes!) or ask small questions of people, but couldn’t or didn’t feel comfortable because of the communication barrier. I loved hearing all the different languages, but missed the casual interactions that come with being able to communicate.
1. Free, clean water- I drink water. All the time. And it is always so amazing to me how stressful it is to not have access to free, clean water. Having to pay for water at a meal means that I don’t drink as much (I’m stubborn and refuse to pay for more) and, therefore, spend more time thinking about being thirsty which means that I’m enjoying myself less. I can not imagine what it must be like to live the life of so many people that have zero or close to zero access to clean water. I found it hard to deal with not having water fountains available at all times, but many people go their whole lives without tasting a single drop of clean water.
Of course there are things that I miss about Europe already (does anyone know a good place to get Nutella crepes?!?) and things that I love about visiting different cultures, but I sure do love coming home to what is familiar and to all that good clean water!
Question: What do you love to come home to after being gone for awhile?