I spend an insane amount of money. Those permanent shopping freezes in Germany? They are totally washed out by the insane amount of shopping I do at home: Costco, Target, Gap, DSW, and Lululemon are the major culprits this go ’round. I then justify it with my desperate need for winter clothes, despite having already (barely) survived two German winters without them.
Purchases so far:
- Soft Shell Jacket
- Outdoor leggings
- Winter boots
- Long-sleeve shirts
- Velveeta, Rotel, soup mixes, Chia seeds, Chili kit
- Nikon Coolpix S9300 point-and-shoot camera (I don’t even want to talk about how many of these I’ve owned in my life, but the one I’d been using was borrowed and it was sadly time to give it back. I found this camera refurbished on Woot! for $79.00).
I eat salsa until I’m sick. Literally, I eat so much chips and salsa that I do not need to order a meal at the restaurant. So then they’re like cool, thanks for coming here and just eating the free stuff, real nice. My stomach says “stop!” but my head says “keep going you’ve missed this for months!”
My sinuses and eyes are overcome by allergies. Although I’m sure dust mites are everywhere, they must really love heat and humidity because my eyes are insanely itchy and a box of tissues of glued to my hand. Why do I like Texas again?
I hear a whole bunch of “I want to see you’s” but don’t actually see anyone. Thank goodness for the wedding, because I am on day four in Houston and have not seen a soul outside of family. I don’t blame anyone and in fact I have not been at all proactive, it’s just easy to fall into the comfort of my sofa and mom’s cooking.
I get to drive again. My life in Germany consists of trams and a bicycle, so I find driving again in the Houston madness quite pleasant. It feels good to get in a car and just go. It’s humorous for me to imagine trying to get around spread-out Houston via bike.
I am WOW-ed by American television. I don’t just mean the broadcasts, but the picture quality. I am sure this is available in Germany, but not to anyone I hang out with and these big screens and HD pictures are stunning. Going back to watching shows on my laptop will not be as fun.
Doctor’s appointments. Sure, I could do this in Germany, but my trips home fall at the it’s-been-a-year-since-your-last-well-visit time, so it works out nicely. Plus, who likes going to a new doctor when you can see a familiar one?
I eat awesome food. Beyond Tex-Mex, I’m hit with the likes of steaks, fish, chops, tenderloins, and killer veggies at practically every meal. I don’t even know what to do with myself besides inhale it all.
I suck at blogging. Major apologies, I don’t know what the deal is, but mega-respect for travel bloggers because blogging on the road ain’t easy.
I get excited about Germany (again). When living abroad, it’s easy to forget that you are abroad and fall into routines and comfort of home. However, being home always reminds me of where I am and the opportunities surrounding me there, particularly to travel, and the gears get back to grinding.