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  • we have only been home to the united states once in the 14 months we have lived here.

    I missed people that didn't dress sloppy (why do some Americans think it's ok to go to a store in PJ's?!)

    I missed the lack of fast food restaurants

    that is about it. I miss the states a lot.

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  • As in, what do I miss about the country I live in when I go back to the country I'm from?

    - the non-rushed feeling in restaurants. In the US you get there, order drinks, order food, eat, pay, and go. Here it's much more leisurely and people think you're strange if you're ready to go right after the meal. You're expected to sit around and socialize for a while afterwards (of course, there are no free refills, so you continue to be a paying customer :-)).

    - almost everything being within walking distance and what's not is easily reached via public transportation.

    - people who shop relatively quietly. Every time I go back to the US, everyone in public seems so loud and boisterous at first.


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  • Goodness, when I do my yearly penance (trip to the USA) I miss everything about home. But I left the USA in 2002, so i have had a while to adjust.

    I miss, above all, my home and animals. The quiet of the veldt, the creatures, the smell of rain, the food from the farm.

    I miss the warm African smiles and laughs, the different languages, the sense of humor. 

    I miss how easy and calm life is here, and get overwhelmed with how cluttered and fast everything is over there.

    I miss the weather. I've really gotten used to South African sunny skies, giant summer storms, and bearable temperatures year round.

    I miss the game, the birds, the lions and jackals calling at night, the wildebeest over the hills, the Kudu coming down the hill at sunset.

    And I won't lie, other South Africans may start nodding here, I miss our maid. She is more part of the family, can be very strict with me, and takes such good care of us. I hate going to the states because we are so spoiled here. I haven't done laundry for years. I don't even know where the mop is kept. I am extremely lucky - but in a country with such high unemployment and poverty, where I get asked for a maid job a few times a week, I don't feel one smidgen guilty. I really don't miss cleaning. One bit. 

      

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  • imagekelly321:

    - people who shop relatively quietly. Every time I go back to the US, everyone in public seems so loud and boisterous at first.

    ah, yes! this is very true.

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  • I miss public transport. I hate having to coordinate cars and driving and I apparently get car sick now so it's all kinds of annoying. I miss just being able to walk to anything I need and be self-sufficient!

    I also think people are ridiculously loud, I notice that every time.

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  • I guess I miss public transportation and the food.
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  • I too miss the quiet, I find thing so loud in the states. In the UK (my "real" home...I haven't lived there in ummm 15 years maybe) just is dirty and depressing to me (sorry ladies that live in the UK), Luxembourg is very clean.

    I miss the relaxed dining experience in the US too, its very rushed. 

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  • The relaxed dining. When I was back I'm the us the waiters were so pushy and most times brought the check before even asking if we wanted dessert our had finished our food. It bothered me a lot.

    Public transportation as well...but that's just the area my parents live.

    That's all I can think of right now.
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  • I miss the rolling green hills of Scotland and the countryside....also the sense of history you can't help but feel around you.  FTR I have not faced a Scottish winter yet, so feelings may change in a few months...

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  • imagePginSA:

    Goodness, when I do my yearly penance (trip to the USA) I miss everything about home. But I left the USA in 2002, so i have had a while to adjust.

    I miss, above all, my home and animals. The quiet of the veldt, the creatures, the smell of rain, the food from the farm.

    I miss the warm African smiles and laughs, the different languages, the sense of humor. 

    I miss how easy and calm life is here, and get overwhelmed with how cluttered and fast everything is over there.

    I miss the weather. I've really gotten used to South African sunny skies, giant summer storms, and bearable temperatures year round.

    I miss the game, the birds, the lions and jackals calling at night, the wildebeest over the hills, the Kudu coming down the hill at sunset.

    And I won't lie, other South Africans may start nodding here, I miss our maid. She is more part of the family, can be very strict with me, and takes such good care of us. I hate going to the states because we are so spoiled here. I haven't done laundry for years. I don't even know where the mop is kept. I am extremely lucky - but in a country with such high unemployment and poverty, where I get asked for a maid job a few times a week, I don't feel one smidgen guilty. I really don't miss cleaning. One bit. 

      

    You just made me home sick!

    Oh and just a friendly warning on the maid front. I grew up with a maid and never had to do any chores, not even make my own bed or wash any dishes as a result I don't know how to clean a house now. I try hard, but I am the worlds worst housekeeper. Please don't let the same happen to your kids. 

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  • Now that I'm back in TX, I really miss:

    public transportation

    the culture at work (much better work/life balance, support for family, vacation and unlimited sick time)

    being able to bike everywhere

    changing seasons

    small grocery stores where there are fewer choices (seriously, do I really need to pick from 50 different kinds of deodorant?)

    traveling food festivals

    a bakery on every corner!

    ability to travel

     



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  • imagePittPurple:

    I miss public transport. I hate having to coordinate cars and driving and I apparently get car sick now so it's all kinds of annoying. I miss just being able to walk to anything I need and be self-sufficient!

    I also think people are ridiculously loud, I notice that every time.

    Me too on the car sick. I've always had motion sickness but since we gave up car ownership two years ago I get car sick at the drop of a hat.

    And where we live now I mostly walk, occasionally take the bus and when it's running we take the horse tram or train.

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    imagePginSA:

    Goodness, when I do my yearly penance (trip to the USA) I miss everything about home. But I left the USA in 2002, so i have had a while to adjust.

    I miss, above all, my home and animals. The quiet of the veldt, the creatures, the smell of rain, the food from the farm.

    I miss the warm African smiles and laughs, the different languages, the sense of humor. 

    I miss how easy and calm life is here, and get overwhelmed with how cluttered and fast everything is over there.

    I miss the weather. I've really gotten used to South African sunny skies, giant summer storms, and bearable temperatures year round.

    I miss the game, the birds, the lions and jackals calling at night, the wildebeest over the hills, the Kudu coming down the hill at sunset.

    And I won't lie, other South Africans may start nodding here, I miss our maid. She is more part of the family, can be very strict with me, and takes such good care of us. I hate going to the states because we are so spoiled here. I haven't done laundry for years. I don't even know where the mop is kept. I am extremely lucky - but in a country with such high unemployment and poverty, where I get asked for a maid job a few times a week, I don't feel one smidgen guilty. I really don't miss cleaning. One bit. 

      

    You just made me home sick!

    Oh and just a friendly warning on the maid front. I grew up with a maid and never had to do any chores, not even make my own bed or wash any dishes as a result I don't know how to clean a house now. I try hard, but I am the worlds worst housekeeper. Please don't let the same happen to your kids. 

    Just one of the reasons M has chores!  

    My husband also grew up with a full time maid, his mom did it right, and just saw kids as extra staff. So he had chores, had to help out, and can clean (though bless him, he didn't know what a dryer sheet was, haha) - I hope to do the same. Kids should help out, they should do chores, it's good for them. I did growing up.  That said, I don't have kids yet, once I'm actually a mom, lord only knows what I'll do. I bet you anything, however, that my maid will make the kids work. She's very bossy.

    She will also be nannying the kid(s) while I work part time. Oh, right, another thing to love about SA...I don't even admit to my us friends how little I will be paying for childcare. And I'm paying well above the going rate.

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  • The last time I was in the us I was most annoyed by how many people were constantly on their cells. It was memorably ridiculous at the airport when we landed.
  • At the moment the only thing I miss is good Asian food.

     

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