Thursday, May 6, 2010

In forty eight days the movers come, packing will begin and our time here will be done. It's time to go back to America, not Utah but New York. The start of another adventure, maybe not as exciting or culturally different as here but still not home. We are all excited, but like anything when it comes to an end, you start thinking about what you will miss most about the experience.

I'm going to miss many things.....
pause,pause....more silence......crickets chirping........awkward silence....

Okay maybe it will be easier to list them.....
~Incredible experience and opportunities
~travel opportunities
~family togetherness
~beer and bratwurst
~awkward silence
~cheap milk and juice
~ good cheap wine
~country walks and bike rides
~incredible city center and parks
~flower and veggie outdoor markets
~random naked German sites
~ice cream
~fresh bread

I will not miss
~the long hours my husband worked
~ rules, rules and more rules
~daily stares
~ not having a clue what people are saying
~not being able to read most signs,mail, food packaging etc...
~the Metric system
~Military time
~small sized food items
~expensive meat and veggies
~mystery meats
~potatoes with everything
~Quiet hours 12-3 daily
~shops being closed during quiet hours
~rainy gray days
~formal rules and etiquette

What I'm looking forward to:
~family on same or close timezone
~making friends
~understanding languages, signs, packaging
~large pack items
~2 ply soft toilet paper
~Kleenex tissues
~good shampoo
~a real dryer
~losing weight
~working again
~having no excuses

Will I have bet I already do!
Have I learn something....of coarse!
Would I do it again.....maybe!

P.S. -Shelle I swear I don't have a drinking problem....but come on we are taking GERMAN beer...yes I will miss it! 


Sneaker Teacher said...

Hallelujah Target is all I have to say!

Ina in Alaska said...

Also: Great pizza, having a car, dog park fun, spas, new neighbors, closer to Preppy, cable TV, & new adventures that we will enjoy along with you! xoxoxo

kks said...

wow, hard to believe your adventure in germany is coming to an end....i'm sure it sometimes felt like it wouldn't!! you made it and have much to look forward to! years from now you will look back at the germany adventure with a soft heart....but right now you just want to get the heck out of there!! you'll be fairly close to sister PP right?

Sheryl said...

You were blessed with a wonderful adventure, to see and live how other cultures do. I would love to try it some time. But it is always good to be home. Though you're not quite there physically, it's a lot easier to visit if you want to.

Good luck with the packing and moving.

Marla said...

How exciting, Frau! I am so happy for you!

Great lists, btw....

Everyday Goddess said...

As far as cities go, NYC is a good one!

Follygirl said...

Oh... was für eine Liste...

Schade, das wir nicht näher beieinander gewohnt haben... Du hättest Deutschland besser verstanden und ich hätte endlich Englisch lernen können.

Verstehe aber gut, das Du Dich freust...
Liebe Grüße, Petra

Erika Jean said...

Just approach NY city as a foreigner. I'm sure there is a lot to discover there too!

Nancy C said...

OH, I hate military time. My husband gets so annoyed when I ask him what 1400 is in "real time."

I always tell him it would take more time to mock me than to just tell me the real time.

Mrs. Lovely said...

Those 48 days will go by quick. I bet you'll be glad to get back closer to your family and to a culture you're more comfortable with. But, Germany was a fantastic opportunity for you and your family to be able to have those different experiences!

☼¨`*•.♥Rocío♥.•*¨`☼ said...

Oh sweet friend!!!
Welcome back to America!!!
Have a Fabulous Thursday!!!

angie said...

I can't believe how soon you are moving. I envy the experiences you've had! How exciting to be moving to New York! Will you be in a suburb? Hope the move goes well.

Unknown Mami said...

Woo hoo for Target!

I'm excited about you doing Sundays in my City from NY!

Deidra said...

I'm so happy for you...for both experiences. The one you've had in Germany, and the one you'll have when you return.

Sonya said...

They dont have 2 ply toilet paper there? I can actually buy 3 ply here:) Expat life sure is hard isnt it..but you made it,learned from it,saw things most people only dream of seeing and you will be better for it.

I can send u gooide packages from here when you miss can send me Ranch packets and peanut butter cups..and tylenol pm's :) LOL

Debra said...

Let the celebration begin! Add to your list...... meeting blog bubbies!

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

I'm sure it's bitter sweet!
But NY would be awesome~

Fifi Flowers said...

WOW... NY... FUN... more adventures with YOU!!!

WhisperingWriter said...

I wouldn't like those quiet hours either.

My husband LOVES German food though so he'd definately miss that.

Ann said...

Good luck with getting ready to go! Its always sad, no matter how you felt about the place while you were there!

Joyce said...

Hey Kathy I think you need to add a countdown clock here so we can see the days slip away. Smile... As a friend miles away I am happy because you are happy. I can't wait to hear all about the adventures.
I first remember reading your blog (hopped over from Ina)about the missing luggage and looking at Sophie's photo she looked so much like Kelly. xo

A Day That is Dessert said...

This is such a great post Kathy - I'm glad you've taken the time to think about the good and the bad and record it. The details won't be as clear once you've moved.

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

Good luck with your move! Hope you'll share your repatriating experience with us. And I am SO there about TARGET!!!!

jenbusymom said...

What a fun adventure it was for you! Around every new corner there is a new surprise waiting!

Lizzy said...

You're going back to America?....jealous! I can relate to your list, but why will you miss the awkward silences? lol

lytha said...

i'm strangely jealous too.

and i'm out of ranch dressing packets, and best foods, so if you need some chocolate or aldi wine, let me know.

funny, we visited new york for our honeymoon and i thought it was so much like germany. the oldness, the landscape, the extreme know, compared to the shiny west coast.

i'm trying to think of other things you'll miss, but you've covered it pretty well. i think you'll miss not understanding people, cuz there is a certain peacefullness in your head when you're surrounded by a language you cannot understand. no one's cell phone conversation can really annoy you (well not as much) as when you understand every word. in america, the people are so much more loud and their conversations are gonna intrude into your head. but at least they will keep their personal space distance correct, right? hehehe

right now i miss turning on a tv and understanding everything on every channel.

and target. and the popcorn at target.


beth said...

somehow i knew TARGET would be on your list !!!

i can't wait for you to be back in the states....

The Empress said...

OH, the shopping you have to catch up on.

My favorite section of your list is: what I WON"T miss.

So very true...

Happy Mother's Day!

Lisa said...

I am going to miss your german stories and adventures!! I have loved them. I know your NY adventures will be good too and I look forward to them!!

VictoriaArt said...

And what an adventure it has been! I have laughed with you and cried a little sometimes, since I know the Germans first hand...
I am sure there will be lots of memories and I can't wait to hear everything about your new home, town and impressions! Please do not stop blogging!!!

Happy Mother's Day!


Mrs4444 said...

I'm happy for you. There are SO many things to look forward to!

Shelle said...

yeh! i miss it every time you mention it...i've never drunken any other bier. and the cheap soon we'll live in the same state, how funny, but you sure like the cold spots.

honeypiehorse said...

Wow, that is exciting - you've made the most of your time here

Nishant said...

Good luck with your move!
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