I’m entering the last two weeks of a seven-month trip, and I’m keenly feeling the allure of home. Here are just ten of the many things I’m looking forward to at home! (Note: this list excludes my strong-yet-altogether-too-obvious desire to be back home with my boyfriend, family and friends!)
1. Being able to walk down the sidewalk and lift my eyes to the view around me without breaking my leg or otherwise maiming myself.
2. Being able to smile at a person on the street without first determining if they are a man or a woman, and, if they are a man (whoops), worrying that by smiling at him I had either offended his religious sensibilities or inadvertently invited him home with me.
3. A reliable water supply in the shower. That means quantity, pressure and temperature!
4. Laundry facilities that don’t involve hand-washing clothes in cold water (or in the shower when that’s the only hot water available) or line-drying my clothing in near-freezing weather.
5. Central heating, central heating, central heating.
6. A wardrobe consisting of more than 8 articles of clothing (excluding undergarments).
7. A kitchen stocked with the appropriate ingredients and utensils to cook and bake. Eating out is nice and all, but there’s something to be said for cooking your own food.
8. Buying my first-ever yoga mat. I started doing yoga and stretching three months ago, and somehow I think a yoga mat will be better than my current setup: a bath towel on a tile floor.
9. Personal space. Westerners, and Americans in particular, often don’t understand how good we have it.
10. Clean air. Yet another thing I take for granted until I don’t have it. Looking forward to emissions standards, unleaded fuel, and the traffic rules (and people who follow those rules) that reduce smog-inducing traffic jams!
Writing this list got me thinking about all the things I’ll miss about travel, so stay tuned for that list soon!