• Lemonade stands….we never see kids doing this in South Africa! Partly because of the safety reasons which brings me to the second point….
• No fences…everyone has these fences and security gates around their houses and even businesses! I know there are fences in America but not like here! It’s a fence, with barbed wire and sometimes electrical wire at the top. It took months for me to get over it and even caused depression!
• Authentic foods…yes I get authentic South African and Boere kos! But I miss Mexican, Chinese, and Greek foods like I used to get in my home town. I miss the variety. Even after having been so close to a Mexican family and working in their restaurant I still cannot make the food :-/
• Snow…this will make my fourth Christmas in South Africa (Even I can’t believe it!) and I still can’t get used to it being so bloody hot in December! I haven’t seen snow since January 2009. I miss the cold….I miss the white Christmas…and to bring in the next point
• Sunflower seeds…I grew up munching on sunflower seeds as a constant snack!! The ones with the shell still on them! Davids were always my favorite…but guess what!! We don’t get them here!! Go figure! I would have brought a years supply with me and portioned it for the next 5 years if I’d have known this!
• American Eagle and Aeropostal…we get great clothes here. Stuff I really like but I miss these two stores! I have yet to find a store that clothes fit so nicely on me especially the American Eagle denims!!
• Roasted Nuts…those terrible varieties of nuts that they always roast in the malls around Christmas time and sell in the plastic bags! OMW…I hated these at a stage after working a Christmas season in the mall but I’d sell my right arm (not actually) to have a bag of nuts now! Hehe
• Drive through banking…simply stated…I miss it!! That little tube you put your money and papers in!! We don’t have it…anywhere…at ALL!!!
• Wal-Mart…to do my monthly shopping I go to 6 different shops if I’m lucky. Usually it is more! I miss being able to shop in one place and that place being 24 hours a day!
• Krispy Kremes…stop laughing!! I know I’m pregnant but I truly miss these darn donuts! Especially the New York Cheesecake one!! OMW….mmm
• Running at night…yes we can do group runs and such things but I can’t just go run really early in the morning or late at night like I used to do in the States. It just isn’t safe.
• Driving at night…as a kid when it was a boring Saturday night my parents would have us climb in the car and go for a drive in the country. We’d park along the side of a corn field and lay on the hood looking at the stars and talking. I LOVED this…again we avoid something like this unless you have a friend that owns a property to go onto because it isn’t safe.
• Family… I miss my family. I have family here and I love them with all my heart but I miss these people who I grew up with. I miss the traditions we had. I miss the familiarity. I miss the comfort. I miss their love.
|Me and my youngest brother Jadyn!!!|
• And finally…a random list of all I can think of!!
o Tornado Watching
o Hot cocoa curled up in front of a fire place
o Free concerts!!
o State/City fairs
o Crown Royal (sorry but just a glass every now and then!)
o Southern/Country living
o SUPPORT OUR TROOPS
o American pride
o Seeing the flag everywhere
o Country music (we get that here but it is always behind!)
o Summer camps/ Church camps
o Liquid coffee creamer
o Long John Silvers
o Monicals Pizza/ Papa Johns Pizza
o Steak n Shake Restaurant
o Burger King
o All you can eat buffets!! (My husband LOVED this when he was in the States!)
o Calling the body of water a lake and the physical structure holding back the water a dam! Here they call the whole body of water the dam…really irritates me!
o My dad’s BBQ chicken!
o Tailgate parties
o American Football and SUPER BOWL!!!
o The summer holidays
o Halloween (especially now that I have kids of my own :-/)
o Chicago and EVERYTHING about that city!
o My friends…we still talk but yea I need to see them!
o The American spirit…I can’t explain this one…a person can only know it!
o Yellow taxi cabs!!
Most of this seems ridiculous or simple or unimportant but it is all things that were part of everyday life that are not anymore and I miss it. These are things that I took for granted and never understood that I looked at these things as part of what made my home a home and that home defined a part of me. I’m still Shana…I’m just learning to be Shana somewhere else! One day I’ll post about all the reasons I love South Africa!! ;-)
I claim no rights to any photos…they are all from Google but they just help reiterate the point! (Except for the one after family!!)