Part of this is ridiculous, right? I mean, if someone wants everything to be the same as it is in the states, STAY IN THE STATES. Why travel if not to experience new places, people, cultures, food, everything? It drives me a little bit crazy when people complain about things that are different from the U.S. I mean, duh.
With that said, after almost two months here, there are a few things that I just MISS. I feel like I’ve experienced the new and exotic, and right now I’m craving a little bit of comfort. A little bit of home. It’s odd though, now I’m accustomed to my home in Ecuador and have my routine, and going home will be a new adventure. One I’m excited to embark upon 🙂 These first two were a tie. I couldn’t decide which to put first, and then I decided to let my browsing history of looking at every blog post ever written about #1 choose for me.
1) PEANUT BUTTER (and almond butter and nut butter and OH MY GOSH LOOK AT IT) I love it as much as this small child. When I get back, I may do just this. Parents, leave me alone in the kitchen for awhile. With the PB.
Just . . . I can’t. Why, oh why, is peanut butter not a thing here? You can eat it with everything. Sweet. Savory. On that banana. IN A COOKIE.
Almond butter I love you too. My culinary aspirations are low right now . . . almond butter sandwich with honey, flax seed, and cinnamon. My life would be made!
2) Coffee. I am here, in a country that GROWS coffee, and let me tell you . . . I’m hankering for the way we do it in the good ol US of A. My daily cafe is heated milk and water with sugar and instant coffee from Colombia. Some houses have boiled down coffee concentrate which stay on the kitchen table and we add to heated up milk.
Soon, dear coffee, you will be mine. I will add some almond milk to you, and we might even get CRAZY and go somewhere and have a soy latte. ❤
3) My family. I mean, after coffee and peanut butter, a girl needs the people who love her most in this world.
5) Understanding everything everyone is saying. Granted, I CAME to Ecuador to improve Spanish, and I have improved immensely! Sometimes I’m still confused, and I’m looking forward to a few weeks when I don’t have to wonder what the punch line of the joke was.
That’s pretty much all, folks. I mean, other differences here and there are what makes this summer amazing. And honestly, being PB free for over two months is probably good for me, I just lack the mental capabilities to imagine how.
When you’re out of your home country, what do you miss the most?