Home is Florida, not Sydney. Home is the place where I have friends and family. Home is where I don't have to feel like everyone is staring at the awkward American who obviously is a terror-fighting George Bush lover.
Things I miss in the U.S. and cannot wait to see, taste, and smell (feel free to guess which of those, I want to do to each of these):
- Real bagels. Even Lenders Bagels would be better than what I can buy at the "real bagel store" here.
- Political correctness. The fact that a preschool director used the word re-tah-ded (that's Australian for "retarded") no less than ten times in our interview about says it all. And yes, I do believe the U.S. is sometimes too p.c.; but I think it's better than the alternative.
- Old Navy, Target, Ross Dress for Less, Marshalls, Gap, Target (did I already say that?).
- Mexican food that doesn't suck.
- Publix- Where Shopping is a Pleasure (um, that's vs. Woolworths, where shopping is not a pleasure).
- Understanding what the hell people are saying all the time.
- My mom and sister.
- My Fiery Red Head.
- Being able to call people after 12 noon (that's 10pm East Coast U.S.).
- Paying at the pump, for godsakes Australia-- this is a no brainer.
- Grocery carts that are not 4 wheel drive. Wtf?
- Chain restaurants of all sorts, but especially The Cheesecake Factory.
- Free shipping from Zappos.com
- Stride Rite.
- 24 hour pharmacies, come to think of it-- 24 hour anything.
- Hamburgers without beetroot on them.
And shockingly enough I even have a list of things I'll miss in Australia while I'm gone:
- The weather.
- The ferry rides.
- Easy Way Tea.
- Riding my kangaroo to the grocery store and putting my reusable eco-bags in his pouch.
- The beaches, cliffs, and hills.
Update: On the other hand, maybe next year I'll just have a longer list of stuff I miss in the U.S., like this expat who's been here since 2003.