Yesterday marked 3 years since our family first arrived in Tanzania. I intended to write a blog about 3 big things I've learned these last 3 years. What did I do instead? Looked through almost 3 years of pictures from facebook with Hope (who was up very late!) We relived our move here, our first few months of everything being new, new friends, remembered old neighbors and commented on how things have changed and people have grown. It was actually a really fun hour or so, but alas, no blog post. And I sit here now, having had a busy day of Swahili, laundry and packing for a 2 night getaway and have no real energy to put into a "things I've learned" type of post. Instead, how about things I miss & don't miss about living in the US? That'll have to do for now.
Things I miss about living in the US, in no particular order:
Family and friends top the list by a long shot, of course.
- neighborhoods with sidewalks, streetlights and parks
- having daylight past 6:30pm
- consistent internet, electricity and water
- accessibility to things - if I need new guitar picks, I know 5 options of where I can get them in the US...not the same here.
- fall and everything that goes with it
- highways & the ease of travel
- free or inexpensive things to do with the kids -parks, fishing, hiking, walks, lakes, availability of rec league sports, lessons of various types (ballet, etc)
- liturgy in church
- good health insurance and access to top doctors and health care
- thrift stores & garage sales
- the children's museum and the meijer gardens
- a sense (though often false) of security - not always feeling stressed when driving or out at night, or wondering about your home security, etc.
- Tiger's baseball
- certain restaurants & good pizza
- Ice cream/frozen yogurt
Things I do not miss about living in the US, in no particular order:
- advertising and commercials
- kids sports being god in the lives of some (many?) families
- processed food being cheap and whole foods being expensive
- the temptation to consume, consume, consume
- fast food
- the hurried pace of life - everyone always being "crazy busy"
- pressure to have the latest, the best, the biggest, the most, etc
- winter & snow (the kids would without a doubt disagree with this one!)
What about you? If you moved away from where you currently live, what do you think you would miss? Anything you'd be glad to leave behind?