With almost 60 people sharing one kitchen, two refrigerators, and a rather large shelf, some food borne illness is bound to spring up. As I lay on a couch writhing in pain (not really, just want dramatic effect) as the fourth person who has contracted the stomach flu, I began to do mental comparisons between material things here and at home. Which brings me to the segment I’d like to call: Things I Miss About America. I’m going to update this list periodically throughout my stay here and mainly focus on material and cultural differences (because it’s a known fact I miss my family and mojo and friends and whatnot).
- A big cup of coffee. Yes I know Italy is know for the amazing espressos, cappuccinos, and macchiatos, but sometimes is nice to not have to drink an entire glass of milk with your coffee (cappuccino) or take it like a shot (espresso). It has me missing my keruig and our daily Starbucks/Jittery Joes trips (@Eliza).
- Reliable Wifi. Don’t get me wrong, I love not being on my phone 24/7 and not having to worry about what’s going on on social media. But it’s a little hard to stay in contact with my family and do online homework when I get about 30 minutes of wifi a day. At least I’ve read some good books since I’m not on the Internet
- Peanut butter. Mom, remember when I was joking about packing a jar of peanut butter? I should’ve. Peanut butter is here, but it’s a luxury. At €4.50 per SMALL jar, I opt out in favor of honey, jam, and ricotta. Not the same and when I get home, I’m eating a whole jar with a spoon and no one is stopping me.
- Washers and driers. Yesterday I did laundry for the first time. And by laundry I mean hand washing my clothes in a bin, rinsing them with cold water, and hanging them up on a line with clothes pins. This was later followed by me sprinting outside when I saw dark clouds looming overhead in hopes to save my drying clothes from torrential downpour. Don’t take your washing machine and dryer for granted people! I’m in the Dark Ages over here. Whatever, it builds character.
I’m keeping the list short and sweet, but will add on as the adventure continues. Quick thanks to all who read my blog!! I really appreciate y’all and love that you care enough to take some time out of your day to see what I’m up to 🙂
“Your life is your art” –Kris