Things I am finding that I miss.
- Cotton Balls. I used a "cotton pad" to remove my nailpolish, and it's like a disintegrating wet nap.
- Rubbing alcohol. I had no idea how useful this stuff was in my every day life until it was gone.
- Paper towels. While I appreciate the reusability of rags, I would really prefer to do some of this move-in massive not-a-dustbunny-of-my-own-
creation cleaning with a paper towel and then throw that shit away.
- Ditto on Swiffers.
- Trustworthy fish. I would really like to try to cook a wok-prepared steamed salmon meal at home, but everyone is telling us to steer clear of fish.
- Granola Bars. Except I dispelled this one earlier today- we found some really overpriced Oats and Honey bars at a specialty international grocery. Beaucoup bucks, but comforting and great energy. Now, if only I could find Nutella...
- Access to furniture shopping. It really isn't a "thing" here. There is no Target furniture section or Pottery Barn. The nearest Ikea is 2 hours away by public transit and train. And my furniture is all really crappy.
Things that I kiiiinda prefer over here.
- My nail polish remover smells vaguely of vanilla, rather than chemical and fake vitamin E.
- Way less wasteful packaging and a cultural norm of tiny garbage cans. Our trash situation is heavenly.
- A cultural norm of daily produce shopping. Um, fresh and fabulous.
- Using an umbrella daily as a sunshade. Pale skin is fashionable, so I'm like the queen bee already, but practically, it makes walking around on these hot hot days a little more bearable.
- Having no choice but to slow down. It's too hot and I know too little of the language.
- Ginger scented dish soap.
The evenings are getting down to only 88 degrees now! We're sweating like mad still, but at least I have some kind of desire to look halfway decent after 7 pm when we go out for dinner with friends. That's a step in the right direction!
|Dress: Target...Belt: Target...Sandals: Chacos...Bag: Longchamp knockoff|