I have to admit, it has been a bit ODD to be back in the states. I didn't think life was so much different in Germany, but apparently....... 6 months is long enough to adapt without even realizing it.
THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES BEING BACK HAVE BEEN:
- The HOVERING SERVICE in stores. Can I not browse without someone asking me 10 times if they can help me? Can't I just look at stuff?
- The RESTAURANT RACE. Waiters/waitresses can't seem to take my order fast enough. THREE MINUTES later when my meal arrives, the check is placed on the table with a very grandiose gesture. Obviously I need to eat as quickly as possible and get out so the cycle can repeat with someone else. Oh how I miss my long and slow meals.
- The POWER WALK. Where is everyone going in such a hurry? Not only do you look ridiculous, but it stresses everyone else out around you. I'm trying to keep my relaxed stride, but it's not easy to maintain.
- The TOILETS. Odd observation I know, but toilets in Europe are the same height as our handicap version (about 6 inches higher). Here in the states it seems like they are practically on the floor. Even 2 weeks in country - the toilet height still throws me off.
The WONDERFUL thing about being back is seeing my friends and realizing truly how friendly Americans are. Strangers randomly strike up a witty conversation, fellow diners share their wine or say good evening when you walk in. Women compliment my hairstyle or ask where I'm from (see, I even LOOK like a foreigner now...). It's a whole new experience being back, and I'm enjoying every minute of it.
|UPDATE: Remember my dining friend Gisella from Bad Krueznach Germany? She asked me to call her fun daughter Julia (an architect in Seattle). I did call Julia over the weekend and left a message. I didn't hear back from her (not surprised...) - but thought it would have been cool to talk to her (and would have made for an awesome blog post).|
Shopping in Freemont Seattle!
My last day with FIFI (+ bonus - an update from Ann! Fifi has been up to her old tricks. Sigh......)