Things That I am Desperately Starting To Miss About the USofA
This is sort of the counter-list to my previous post (see “Things That Are Awesome in Germany). Now that I’ve been here a full month (plus more), I feel myself starting to miss a few things that I used to take for granted in the country of red, white, and blue.
- Americanized mexican food. Burritos from Chipotle, stuffed with beans and meat and pico de gallo, wrapped so when you peel away that aluminum a perfect first bite is revealed, that first bite of rice and steam and tortilla stuck to the roof of your mouth. And so much guac. I really don’t care how much extra it will cost me. I’m getting 3x the guac when I eat my first burrito after my homecoming.
- Free water. Water costs more than beer here. Not that I don’t love me some great beer, but seriously, sometimes I just want water. Preferably with ice.
- Pumpkin spice lattes. As the first week of September flies by and the weather is getting chillier, I want nothing more than a pumpkin spice latte to warm me up as I walk down the cobblestone streets in a fashionable scarf. I don’t even like Starbucks that much. But there’s something about this seasonal drink that marks autumn for me, and it’s sad that in Rostock, there are no Starbucks to buy one.
- Cheez-its. Goldfish.
- Giant jars of peanut butter. Nutella is great, don’t get me wrong. But there is just something about a good old fashioned PB&J. Peanut butter is available at the bigger grocery stores here, but it only comes in tiny jars with the brand name “Barney’s Best” and an American flag label. And I could go through that thing in like, a day.
- Public bathrooms I don’t have to pay for. Whenever I leave the house, I have to be extra certain my bladder is empty so as not to spend that 50 cents for use of a public bathroom. You even have to pay just to wash your hands. Too bad if they’re sticky. Bring baby wipes!
Of course, first and foremost I miss my family and friends. I love you guys, and will be looking forward to eating some burritos and giant jars of peanut butter together while watching some crappy American reality television in 2013.