A List of Sorts
As I’m starting to count down to how many days are left until I see my family, I’m avoiding thinking about leaving Colombia. This always happens when I make big changes in my life. There are a lot of things I’m really looking forward to, but there are also a lot of things I’m going to really miss.
What I’m looking forward to
- FOOD – I’m going to gain weight when I go back, and I am perfectly content with that.
- having restaurants know what gluten free is, so I can eat out without worrying about getting sick
- gluten free products: beer, bagels, pizza, all the things that can be made with bread such as grilled cheese, deli sandwiches and French toast
- Indian food
- cheese that is not soft, white and bland
- black olives that don’t cost a fortune
- ice cream at Big Olaf’s on Siesta Key
- Coffee shops – the culture and the coffee. Although the coffee here is of a high quality, it is watered down in comparison to what I am accustomed to.
- Races – I was running a race a month when I lived in Atlanta, but I cannot find that many races here.
- Running at a reasonable altitude – 9,000 feet (2,800 meters) is NOT an acceptable altitude
- Yoga classes – I only recently found out that they do exist here, and it’s kind of too late to pay for a membership. It’s also way to cold to practice comfortably in my house.
- Hot weather – when I get back to FL, summer will be in full swing.
- The beach
- Knowing what is culturally appropriate in all situations – sometimes I’m still confused as to what I should do or how I should act.
- A direct communication style
- Being long distance instead of really long distance with B and being able to see him more often than once every six months
- My family and friends (seriously, I’m so excited to see these boys)
What I’m going to miss
- Arequipe – Colombian caramel
- A constant supply of freshly made arepas
- Fresh, delicious produce
- Being able to afford as much produce as I want in a week
- All the fruits that I won’t be able to find in the US and the juices they make with them
- The freshly made limeade that is so easy to find here
- The Mexican restaurant I always go to
- Fresh eggs that are cheap
- The mountains – I hate the altitude but these mountains are so beautiful
- Having money to travel
- My students
- The friends I have made here
- The sweet boys at the coffee place I always go to who greet me by name and ask me about my life
- Making well above a living wage – I’m going back to being a student next year.
- Speaking Spanish all the time
- Not ever having to drive and having everything I need or do be within walking distance
- Fantastic medical insurance
- Never having temperatures below freezing