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Missing/Not Missing the USA

I left the U.S. on June 30 and became an expatriate in central Mexico. I’m returning this week for a conference in Arizona, staying a total of five nights. I should probably be more excited, but I’m realizing there’s not all that much that I’m craving, only a few things that I’ve been missing. Granted, 4.5 months is not all that long really, but you’d think the “missing” list would be longer than the “not missing” one.

USA Things I’m Missing

Hoppy beer, especially pale ale. My first purchase after I get to my hotel.

Football. The American kind, not the boring 1 to zero kind. (There’s a game on Thursday—yesss!)

Good snack foods. The ones in Mexico are fun for the first couple weeks, but there’s not much variety. (Usually some combination of corn, pork rinds, chili powder, and lime.)

Flavorful aged cheese

Target stores

The ability to get change from a $20 bill (or the equivalent) without fail from any merchant

USA Things I’m Not Missing

Expensive health care

Shouting TV pundits

Religious fanatics

Rampant obesity (and schools where kids don’t get exercise—the two are connected)

A workaholic culture of materialism

Cities without pedestrians

So this week should be interesting. After I drink my pale ale, fill up my cart at the Target store, and rent a nice car for a good price, maybe I’ll eat Cheez-its and gain five pounds while flipping channels for hours. Then I’ll be good and ready to come back and join the walking people again.

What have you missed/not missed when you’ve been away from your home country a long time?

DML

Friday 19th of November 2010

I'll tell you one thing I DON'T miss....the 24/7 news noise.

David

Friday 19th of November 2010

The expensive health care is something even I do not miss at all, it way to expensive in the U.S.

Becky

Thursday 18th of November 2010

Interesting post! I'm from England and as much as I hate to sound like a stereotype I miss tea, English television and good sandwiches :)

tim

Friday 19th of November 2010

Now that I'm in the U.S., I remembered two more things I miss: being able to drink from any water fountain and being able to flush my toilet paper.

Jeff

Monday 15th of November 2010

Fast internet. Not worrying about getting change. Not being stared at.

DML

Monday 15th of November 2010

I second the natural peanut butter! And pretzels. But not necessarily together!