In less than a week I will have been back in the States for a month. To say my transition has been interesting is an understatement. Even with several visits home over a two year period, living in Italy changed my perspective on many things. Lifestyle wise, I am used to walking everywhere. Now in New Hampshire, I find learning how to drive again and what it means to be at the mercy of the roads and potential traffic daunting. Granted American drivers are not necessarily wild or unhinged, but I didn't miss the having to drive for ten to twenty minutes just to get to a store.
Concerning food, I find myself wanting to go to the store daily just to buy a few items. The once a week food purchases prior to Italy are now replaced with this new mentality. I can't complain as my fruits and veggies are not going bad simply because I'm buying them as needed. I miss the cheeses and deli meat from southern Italy. Our domestic salamis are not cutting it for me.
For those that have been reading my blog for a while, you'll be familiar with the challenges of doing laundry in Italy. That part has been a relief. No longer does washing and drying my clothes take days. Last night I was delighted to throw in a load of wash and have the entire process done, including drying, within two hours.
While there are days I miss seeing the waves of the Adriatic and the smell of my olive oil soap, I'm home and for me that's a good thing. Last time I checked, I still have five plus weeks until the new school year, so I should probably get back out on the lake and enjoy a well deserved New England summer.