3 things I'm looking forward to about being back in the U.S. in a couple of weeks (other than seeing family and friends, because DUH):
- Trader Joe's. Almond butter, frozen berries, apple chicken sausages, and pearled cous cous: I'm comin' for you!
- Tex-Mex. I haven't seen you in a year, burritos and enchiladas! Imitations have abounded, but I spotted them for what they were: imposters. And now my mouth is watering.
- Target. (Just so my whole list isn't about food.) I can go to really large stores here and get what I need in one place (if I'm lucky...), but that's not the norm (and if I do buy everything in one place, I can't carry it home by myself). But Target...where you can find toilet paper, thank you notes, socks, and a garden gnome all in the same store. Amazing.
2 things I'm really going to miss about Spain, other than our friends and our lovely apartment (more on this topic soon!):
- Valenbisi, the public bike rental system here in Valencia. I love having access to bikes without having to own one! And I love that this city is more bike friendly than other places I've been, with bike lanes and crossing signals throughout the city. It's a great alternative to riding public transportation, AND means I get more exercise, too!
- Living in a city. There are moments where I feel overwhelmed and frustrated in a city: there's noise, you live very close to your neighbors (being able to hear your neighbor use the toilet is a little concerning...), and sometimes walking to the grocery store is not as romantic as it might seem. And yet there are so many great things about city living: access to huge public parks, cafes and restaurants within walking distance, and the fact that I get so much more exercise because I have to walk or bike nearly everywhere. We have gotten to know our neighborhoods in Spain so much better than in the U.S. simply because we walk through them all the time. I like hanging my laundry out the window to dry (though I will not refuse a dryer upon our return!), and getting a morning coffee at the cafe that is steps outside of our apartment entrance.
1 thing I am super excited about: