Back in the US

Monday, June 22, 2015

I've been living abroad off and on since 2010; however, this is the first year that I've spent a full year without visiting the US at all. Let's just say that there are certainly some things that I've forgotten about the US while living abroad. There are also some things in the US that I'm completely excited to take advantage of while here.

Transportation. It's been a year since I've driven a car. We don't have a care in Vilnius and pretty much everything is within walking distance. I've learned that I don't really like driving and would much prefer to be able to walk everywhere or take public transportation. The area of Connecticut that both J and I are from lacks public transportation and you cannot easily walk from either of our parents' houses to anywhere.

Breakfast and Brunch. Pancakes, french toast, fried eggs, toast, bagels, brewed coffee - oh how I've missed you! I'm going to visit as many breakfast places as possible while home so that I can get my fill of breakfast (especially french toast!). Yum.



Cafes. Where are all of the cafes at? I love working at cafes, but there are so few in this area of Connecticut. Any suggestions?



One-stop shopping. Though I try to do most of my shopping at smaller businesses rather than chains, I really enjoy the ease of being able to pick up several different items in one trip. Let's pretend I need to by aspirin, shampoo, fresh fruit, and spaghetti. In Vilnius, to pick up all of those items I need to visit three difference stores and a farmers' market. In the US I can easily go to only one store, or one store and a farmers' market. Saves on driving and on gas. Perfect.

It's Expensive. Holy moly, guys. I've forgotten how expensive the US can be. This is probably because Lithuania is cheap and I'm used to being about to go out for a huge dinner for 25 Euro. I'm also not used to relying on a car to go everywhere, and though gas is currently cheaper than it has been previously, it certainly adds up. So does car maintenance, eating out, and car insurance. Wow, my wallet is unhappy.


You can follow along with my visit in Connecticut on Instagram!


What have you noticed when you re-visit your home country?

8 comments:

  1. I haven't driven a car since I moved abroad either but I feel like that's a pretty bad thing and I should better start driving again.... just in case?!

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    1. I still haven't driven since being back and I don't really want to :P Are you allowed to drive in Norway or do you need to get a different license?

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  2. Hope you're having an amazing time back home. It's always strange to go back for a visit, but it's also awesome that you get to re-stock on all things American.

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    1. Thank you! It's nice to get to eat all of the foods I've been missing/craving that are not available in Lithuania. Yum!

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  3. It's so nice being able to walk places! We just recently moved to a neighborhood that's walkable. We can pretty much get our groceries and go to restaurants / breweries by walking.. but we still have to drive to the beach! :)

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    1. I would walk everywhere if I could! I'm not the biggest fan of driving at all. I'm glad to hear that your new neighborhood is walkable - I really think it makes a huge difference in getting out!

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  4. I don't have my licence yet, but since living abroad I've barely been on a bus or car since I walk everywhere. So now whenever I get into a car I get so carsick! Dreading going back to Norway for six weeks and having to be driven everywhere!
    Hope you enjoy your time in the US!

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    1. Hopefully the drivers that you have in Norway will be easy going! It is so difficult to go from not driving everywhere to driving to get anywhere! I feel your pain! I bet Norway will be wonderful though :)

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