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Last week, it occurred to me that I have been back living in the US for exactly one year. In some ways, this year has been crawling by, and yet I still find myself wondering how twelve months escaped so quickly. I suppose that is just life.
I often reminisce about my expatriate days, waxing on about the pieces and places I miss, along with the many things taken for granted in this country. But, over the past few days, I’ve been recalling the American comforts I was ready (and lucky) to return to. Leaving Prague was bittersweet; while I felt I was abandoning a part of myself, I was also anticipating the next chapter of my life on native turf. Though it feels long ago, I can remember looking forward to quite a few things.
Vegetarian-friendly dining. The lone vegetarian dish still considered Czech? Smazeny syr, a block of breaded and deep fried cheese.
Produce native to our soil, namely corn on the cob and butternut squash.
The ocean – I could never permanently settle somewhere without seaside access. I actually used to go to a faux beach along the river in Prague, where the sand was imported and the water was not recommended for dipping. Not quite a beach.
Trader Joe’s. The local “health food” store was roughly the size of my New York bedroom, and while it did have a delicious cafe attached, it didn’t quite compare, especially when it came to prices.
Peanut butter for under $15 a jar.
Order. Endless red tape and an affinity for stamps and signatures don’t quite top my list of enjoyable memories…
What American comforts do you think you’d miss?