Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The List of Miss

After being abroad for four months, I've developed a list of things that I miss from the good ol' U.S. of A.

In the grand scheme of things, being away from the U.S. for four months isn't a long period of time. However, it's a long enough period where I've started to miss things from home--and not just the standard, "I miss my mom, I miss my sister, I miss my dogs..." list, either.

This is The List of Miss--the things I've missed from home as opposed to the people. Don't get me wrong, the people are more important, of course. But it still doesn't mean that I sure as hell couldn't go for a TastyKake right about now!

So, let the missing commence! Cause after all, I only have 10 days left to miss these things before I get to indulge again!

1.) Chinese Food: Maybe it's bizarre to have the first thing on my list of things I miss from America be Chinese food... but let's face it... there really is nothing like General Tso's Chicken from an American Chinese food place (oxymoron? possibly...). My boyfriend and I order Chinese food on some Friday nights and watch movies, and I really can't wait to do that once again with him. Chinese pizza, dumplings, egg rolls, and Mooshu Pork are all calling my name...

2.) Pandora: It's blocked in Italy. It's restricted. It's kaput. The point is, I've gone without Pandora for four months, and my only crime? Living in Rome.

3.) My home bed: Home beds are part of the reason why people love to go back to their parent's homes for holidays after they've become adults and moved out. Home beds are full of love and memories and giggles and sunshine. That's why I'm excited to sleep in my home bed, instead of the piece of cardboard I've slept on for the past four months. (Note: It's not really a piece of cardboard... but it feels like I've been sleeping on one.)

4.) Philadelphia: The city is unlike any I've ever been to. It's just something about Philadelphia that says "Home" to me. It's the Tastykakes, the soft pretzels and the cheesesteaks. It's LOVE Park and City Hall. It's University City and 30th Street Station. It's Penn's Landing, the Ben Franklin Bridge, and the Schuylkill River. It's the concerts, South Street, the diners and Fairmont Park. There really is nothing like the beauty of Philadelphia.

5.) Wawa: Now, for those of you who don't live in the Tri-State Area or close enough to it to have experienced the place known as Wawa, I apologize. But this little convenience store slice of heaven is something I am SO looking forward to. Between hoagies and iced tea, and everything in between, it will be great getting back home where I have three within walking distance!

6.) Driving: I've heard the horror of the rising gas prices... but it doesn't change the fact that I am really excited to drive my car again.

What are some things you miss when you leave the familiarity of home? Comment and share them here!


  1. I always miss my bed when I'm away from home! Also, the smell of my house! There's no place like home! :p :)
    Hope you're having a great day!

    XO Shar

  2. I lived in Turkey for 4 months and the thing i missed the most was beef. that, and people wearing shoes other than converse. Aside from that, Turkey was heaven!

    Haha, I'm from New Jersey and went to school in University City. It's a small world :)

  3. Those are all things I call, creature comforts. :)

    Reading the list, I almost felt like I was missing them, too, but, they're right here. ;)

    I wanna hear more about what you're loving from the differences. It's different where ever you go, what's impacting you?

  4. @Shar - I totally agree! There really is no place like home! And even if I like to travel and see the world, it's always nice to go home and sleep in my "home bed."

    @Iris - Welcome to Learning the World! Where in Turkey are you living? I plan on going to Istanbul this upcoming March for ten days. And what school did you go to in University City? I'm from Jersey originally as well!

    @Dale's Dreams - They are most definitely creature comforts, Dale! I'll be sure to post answering your question about what I love that's different here in Italy! Great idea. Thanks :-)


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