It now, finally, feels like a long time since we were home. For most of the trip it felt like we were just getting going. I’m not sure it’s the time duration we’ve hit; or the fact we’ve been sitting still and have more time to reflect. Maybe it’s we have no firm upcoming plans. I’ll never know.
The only thing I regularly miss are family/friends.
I occasionally miss the incredible selection and conveniences of US, but far less than I’d imagined.
I haven’t read so much since I was a kid on summer vacation. (I’ve replaced shopping with library books it seems). I am averaging 2 1/2 books a week in 2020.
The “stuff” in US is quite cheap in comparison to many countries. Even in poor countries basics are not nearly as inexpensive as you’d think.
Reconfirmed: Americans know far far less about rest of world than it knows about us. Pretty much everywhere people pay close attention to US elections. We’ve yet to have a tv that didn’t show us the Simpsons and the Big Bang Theory, random I know. US movies dominate, still, everywhere we’ve been. Virtually everyone has heard of Boston, often from various random shows. One person in South Africa knew of Boston from a long-ago “Survivor” contestant. Given the fact Boston really isn’t a big city, population wise, it’s weird. The metro area is 9th largest in US. Can you name 9 cities in India? Or China? Or Nigeria? Even France? I’ll bet most of you can’t. I couldn’t for most of those places either.
I haven’t driven a car since we left and don’t miss it a lick.
I haven’t been to a hair dresser since August. I’m far more grey than I realized. I haven’t decided what to do about that upon return, though. (My stylist moved away and the salon closed too, which is pushing me to doing nothing:)
We have only had a stand-alone clothes dryer in 2 apartments – both in NZ. (A few places had combined washer/dryers). The level of that inconvenience is proportion to local humidity levels and size of apartment:) I didn’t realize quite how rare it was to have one.
I have bought myself virtually no clothes in 8 months. (At home I bought way, way too many!). Last week I finally broke down and tried online ordering 2 things here as I was beyond sick of my pants. I still haven’t bought new shoes. I miss the variety of options I had at home, but not nearly as much as I had worried.
I hadn’t washed sheets, towels, or vacuumed until our lockdown. Didn’t miss that….
It feels completely normal to be with each other 24/7. It’s new to you all at home, but that has not been a big difference for us in the lockdown.
Nate has decided he likes history. Jack really can spend all his free time coding.
You can readily find pizza and spaghetti/tomato sauce everywhere we’ve been – both in restaurants and in markets.
I don’t miss being super busy or all my committees, which is very surprising to me. Lockdown has been far easier for me than expected. Having a lovely view makes a huge difference. I do wish we could always have a panoramic view from our sink.