And now, the things I've missed over the last 7 months and am excited to get home to.
Coffee - Yes I know I just said that I will miss the coffee in Oz, but this is a different kind of coffee. I miss drip coffee, filter coffee, the kind of coffee that does not need an espresso machine. They don't have that here, all coffee is some form of espresso. So, I can't wait to get back to regular coffee.
Driving - I haven't learned how to drive on the other side of the road. I've done it a few times, but honestly I suck at it, it's like learning how to drive all over again, and I find it an unnecessary skill to master. Ok, actually I haven't really driven in 5 years because I've been in NYC and you don't drive in NYC but STILL, ready to be ABLE to drive if I so choose.
Being in the same time zone...or at the very least the same day as friends and family - It's rough to be in a completely different day than everyone, the novelty has worn off.
Insurance - We have insurance here, but since we're expats and not Australian we don't have Medicare, which is their free national insurance, and it's a PAIN in the ASS. We have to pay for everything up front and then claim it back...and sometimes they don't pay it back, IT'S LAME.
Groceries - Grocery shopping has been such an adventure here. I can't tell you how many times I've gone searching for something that I think is a very common item (remember the pumpkin incident?) only to discover that I can't find it ANYWHERE and I have to end up cooking something else or supplementing one thing for another. And while this makes for more adventurous cooking, I find it annoying at best. I miss big US grocery stores.
My Furniture - We live in a furnished apartment and I MISS MY OWN furniture desperately. I hate seeing cute things in shops and not being able to buy them because I can't figure out how the hell to get them home...SO OVER IT.
Friends and family - I have none of them here, I'm ready to go back to life where I have someone else to talk to besides Dom =)
What do all you expats miss about the home?
T-Minus 12 days until home!